Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017).

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
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Excellence Score
42.0
34.8
Value for Money Score
64.9
67.2
Price ₹ 21,389 onwards ₹ 16,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2017 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.0 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, 2.5D + 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.9 GHz 1.6 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7880 Exynos 7870
GPU Mali-T830 Mali-T830
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR F/1.7 Aperture
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 13.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 186 gm 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3600 mAh 3600 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 23.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 17 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 20 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 59 hrs, Audio Playback Time: (Always On Display Off): upto 94 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) Back Panel; Fast Battery Charging; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Aesthetic, refined design, with a premium chassis feel
  • Waterproof body
  • Beautiful large display - well suited to media consumption
  • Polished, feature-rich UI
  • Also includes Samsung Pay, Samsung's new mobile payment interface, which is pretty useful and can remove the hassle of using physical debit/credit cards
  • Very good performance - backed by a chipset powerful enough for you multitasking needs, and at the same time extremely efficient - though it falls behind the top performers in the price bracket like the OnePlus 3T, and Moto Z
  • Very good call quality
  • Good loudspeaker - it's nice and clear at maximum volume too
  • Amazing battery life - comfortably one of the best in this price bracket - if you need a weekend warrior with a large screen, this is it
  • Attractive, sturdy, unibody design - easily one of the better looking devices in this price bracket - build quality and materials are flagship-grade
  • Fairly ergonomic too
  • Very good sAMOLED display, arguably the best in this price bracket - high resolution, good viewing angles, good colour reproduction - videos look excellent - and sunlight legibility is great too (on par with more expensive phones, and better than Samsung's own Galaxy J7 Max in this price bracket)
  • Samsung's UI over Android is light, and works well - with some nice add-ons like social camera, and Samsung Pay
  • Decent performance in day-to-day use
  • Good rear camera - pretty similar to the one on the very good J7 Max - making it one of the best cameras in this price bracket - and a good shooter even for low light situations
  • Very good audio output from both headphones, and loudspeaker
  • Separate slots for Dual SIMs and SD card (instead of a hybrid slot)
  • Very good battery life - among the best in this price bracket - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The large size means that its not the most portable or ergonomic phone, and is somewhat heavy and bulky
  • The glass chassis can be fragile, so you will probably be well advised to use a case
  • There is some color temperature shifting when tilting the display
  • Camera is decent but could be better, at this price point
  • No support for 4K video recording, or OIS
  • Performance could certainly have been better, and while its good enough in daily use, it's not quite what you would call snappy, and it doesn't match up to its top competitors - so, if your only use case is casual social networkings, emails, videos - then the phone will do fine, else there will be better options in this price bracket
  • While the rear camera is pretty good, it does sometimes take too long to focus, and sometimes underexposes pictures, and that takes away from the dependability a little bit
  • Front camera is good too, but it is focused a bit too close, which can lead to blurry shots when the phone is held a bit far
  • No support for fast charging
  • If design, battery life and brand name are the main criteria then the Galaxy J7 Pro is a good choice, but it has some tough competition from the likes of OnePlus 3T (more powerful + more dependable camera), and Moto G5S Plus on the lower end (almost as good in all criteria, at a lower price)
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