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Samsung Galaxy A7: UK price, release date and specs rumours

Daniel Ostanek
24 Sep 2018
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Samsung’s next mid-range smartphone is coming, and the new Galaxy A7 is equipped with three rear cameras

Samsung’s latest smartphone is coming. No, it's not the Note 9, as impressive as it may be, but rather this device. According to Samsung’s marketing buzzword-heavy press release, it's “bringing more ways to express yourself than ever before”. Whatever that means.

This is the Galaxy A7, a brand-new mid-range smartphone that’s equipped with a total of FOUR cameras. Presumably, this is what Samsung’s “4x fun” teaser was hinting at from a few weeks back – that’s three lenses at the rear and one on the front, by the way.

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With the 11 October launch date mere weeks away, more details have emerged about Samsung’s latest flagship killer since its initial tantalising teaser. While we’re unaware of all the juicy ins and outs at the moment, there are a handful of leaks and rumours doing the rounds that can help us form at least a vague picture of what to expect when Samsung finally pulls back the curtains.

Read on to find out everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy A7.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 release date and price: When is it out in the UK and how much will it cost?

All we know so far is when we can expect Samsung to talk about its latest mid-range handset. Samsung is expected to spill the beans at an event on 11 October, with the A7 likely making its first appearance in phone shops shortly after.

The A7’s predecessor launched in January last year for £365. Its slightly better sibling, the aptly titled Galaxy A8, was released at the beginning of this year at a slightly inflated price of £450.

Considering the internal specifications and features we already know about the Galaxy A7, I wouldn’t expect Samsung’s latest handset to dip far below the £400 range. Of course, we’ll soon find out all these details at the launch event and will update this article with new information as and when we get it.

Samsung Galaxy A7 specs and features: What does it do?

While we already know quite a few details about the Galaxy A7, there are still a few things left to uncover. Let’s start with what we know so far: it will be fitted with a 6in Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 2,220 x 1,080, and the phone itself will be a few millimetres larger than its predecessor, although slightly slimmer.

Running the show is a 2.2GHz octa-core processor, which is presumably Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 chip considering the clock rate. This works in tandem with 4GB or 6GB of RAM for multitasking and 64GB of internal storage, with up to an extra 512GB via microSD expansion. A 3,330mAh battery keeps things running.

This all sounds above board, but the main draw is, of course, the triple camera arrangement on the rear. A first for Samsung, this is something we’ll likely see more often. Earlier this month Samsung CEO DJ Koh said that the company would bring new features to their mid-range phones before adding them to their flagships.

The main lens is a 24-megapixel unit with an aperture of f/1.7, which is complemented by a wide 120-degree, f/2.4 8-megapixel lens. There’s also a 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera with an aperture of f/2.2 to help spruce up those bokeh effect shots.

On the front, meanwhile, there’s a 24-megapixel selfie-snapper, with an adjustable LED flash. The four cameras supposedly use Samsung’s “Intelligent Scene Optimizer”, which automatically adjusts contrast, brightness and colour to help optimise the quality of your Instagram snaps.

Samsung Galaxy A7 design: What does it look like?

Samsung, quite clearly, is bringing its latest mid-range phone in line with its other A-branded lineup. At a glance, the A7 looks remarkably similar to the recently released A8 and A6 – the screen bezels are nice and skinny and, of course, there’s not a notch in sight. It also looks like each colourway will include a black border around the screen, rather than the wraparound colours of the previous A7.

The colour choices are also different from last year’s A7 – they’re bolder than the soft peach cloud, blue mist, gold and black paint jobs of before. This time, you’ll be able to pick up the A7 in either black, blue, bronze or red colour schemes.

Perhaps the biggest aesthetic change can be found at the back of the device. The camera has moved from its usual central position to the left-hand edge.

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