Samsung and LG meet in this review comparison, as the LG and Google collaborative budget phone ,the Nexus 5X (priced at Php 18K) meets Samsung’s A-series mid-ranger, the Galaxy A7 (priced at Php 24,990). Which among these budget-wise device takes the cake and fits your style?
Design and build
The Galaxy A7 has a pretty decent metallic construction, which is pretty reminiscent of the A-series. The slim and metallic construction is pretty simple, though metallic construction means its pretty premium like. As for the Nexus 5X, the polycarbonated built is simply focused on utility and handling, which is pretty neat. Despite being made of plastic, the polycarbonated body of the 5X gives users the freedom of handling the device, with efficiency. The 5X also features fingerprint scanners, while the Galaxy A7 doesn’t have that feature.
What do you prefer? the premium metal of the Galaxy A7 or the handling of the 5X? Share us your thoughts and we’d love to hear your picks.
Display and viewing experience
The Galaxy A7 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, while the Nexus 5X has a 5.2-inch 1080p FHD display. By the looks of their display, the Galaxy A7’s OLED technology is dishing out its usual bright and overly contrast display, while the Nexus 5X is pretty sincere and balanced, colour-wise, the OLED tech seems to look overexposed, in comparison to the Nexus 5X’s display quality, which isn’t much of a shocker, since OLED technology often tend to be really bright in the display department. The larger 5.5-inch of the A7 isn’t much of an advantage, however, since it felt that the overexposed display just keeps on getting bright, while the Nexus 5X didn’t have a problem in consistency.
What do you think? Which is better on the display department? Share us your thoughts on the comments section.
Camera basic/quality/still image
The Nexus 5X carries a pretty standard 12MP rear shooter, with laser autofocus feature and a 5MP selfie shooter, while the Galaxy A7 has a 13MP rear shooter and a similar 5MP selfie shooter. For daylight shooting, the 5X was surely something to look out, with its very accurate and detailed output, in comparison to the Galaxy A7 outputs. However, both shooters were seen to be really dim and darkened and wasn’t able to dish out some clear shots, as seen on the HDR sample shot.
However, for night shooting, the Nexus 5X was seen to be more colour accurate than the Galaxy A7, though both shooters were seen to be very noisy and wasn’t that good in night shooting. As for selfies, the Galaxy A7 gave out a very white balance heavy output, while the Nexus 5X gave a pretty balanced colour blended output, which to us, was more favourable to be honest.
The Nexus 5X shoots 4K UHD video, while the Galaxy A7 shoots 1080p videos, with the 5X showcasing the quality that 4K video shooters can do.
Performance and benchmarks
The almost year-old Galaxy A7 is expected to be wishy washy against the more up-to-date system of the Nexus 5X. The Galaxy A7 carries a Snapdragon 615 chip, while the Nexus 5X carries a newer Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chip. 2GB of RAM are seen on both devices, while the Nexus 5X provided options in ROM, with 16/32GB of internal storage, while the Galaxy A7 carries a fixed 16GB of ROM. For benchmark scores, as expected, the Nexus 5X delivered better ratings than the Galaxy A7.
- Galaxy A7: 26623
- Nexus 5X: 42426
Basemark OS II
- Galaxy A7: 594
- Nexus 5X: 1173
- Galaxy A7: single core:434, multi-core: 1802
- Nexus 5X: single core: 1022, multi core: 3260
For microSD card, the Nexus 5X doesn’t offer any support it, while the Galaxy A7 has a 64GB microSD card expandability limit.
The Nexus 5X has a fairly standard 2700mAh battery capacity, while the Galaxy A7 has a smaller 2600mAh battery capacity. On the standard battery test conducted on both device, the LG Nexus 5X came out the superior one, with its 9 hours and 20 minutes longevity period, while the Galaxy A7 had a 9-hour longevity period, which is amazing for a year-old device to par up in battery, with a latest device like the Nexus 5X. However, the 5X has a pretty quick 90-minute charging period, which is pretty amazing at its own right.
- Galaxy A7: 9 hours
- Nexus 5X: 9 hours and 20 minutes
Speaker and audio
Audio-wise, the sound outputs heard on the Nexus 5X were a tad bit louder than the A7, however, the A7 delivered a more cleaner and clearer sound output that was more appealing in the ears than the Nexus 5X’s outputs. Surely, the A7 is better off in the sound department than the Nexus 5X.
Price and verdict
The LG Nexus 5X (priced at Php 18K) is relatively more affordable than the Galaxy A7 (priced at Php 24,990) and system-wise, the Nexus 5X dishes out better performance, however, we can still clearly see through the comparison that the Galaxy A7 had the upper hand in a few stages of the comparison, so you can’t just count out the Galaxy A7, despite being almost 1 years old.
Which among these would you prefer? Share us your pick on the comments section below. And also, check out this video comparison, starring the Nexus 5X.
LG Nexus 5X specs, PH price, features
Samsung Galaxy A7 specs, PH price, features
|Display||5.2-inch 1080p FHD display, 424ppi||5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 401ppi|
|Size||7.9mm thickness, 136g weight||6.3mm thickness, 141g weight|
|Color||Carbon, Quartz, Ice||Pearl White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold|
|Protection||Cornings Gorilla Glass 3, oleophobic coating||Cornings Gorilla Glass 4|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core||Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 – A700FD|
Exynos 5 Octa 5430 – A700F
|Graphics||Adreno 418 GPU||Adreno 405 GPU – A700FD|
Mali-T628 MP6 GPU – A700F
|Processor||Dual-core 1.82GHz Cortex A57, Quad-core 1.44GHz Cortex 153||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor – A700FD|
Quad-core 1.8 Cortex-A15 GHz & quad-core 1.3 Cortex-A7 GHz processor- A700F
|Memory||2GB Of RAM, 16/32GB internal storage, no microSD card slot||2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 64GB|
|Main Shooter||12MP rear shooter, Laser Autofocus, dual-LED flash (dual tone)||13MP rear shooter, autofocus, LED flash|
|Multimedia||4K UHD video, HDR||1080p video recorder|
|Front facing shooter||5MP front camera||5MP selfie shooter, 1080p video recorder|
|Connectivity||4G LTE cat 6,WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, NFC USB Type-C||LTE, WiFi n, BT 4.0, GPS GLONASS, FM Radio with RDS; recording|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 4.4.4 KitKat, upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)|
|Software features||Stock Android||Ok google, Android TV|
|Battery Capacity||2700mah (non-removable)||Non-removable 2600mAh battery|
|Ports and charging||USB type-c||microUSB v2.0|
|Released date||November||January, 2015|
|Official price||$379 US on 16GB (no official price in the Philippines, est. P18k pesos)||Php 24,990 (16GB) in lazada Ph|
|Where to buy||Hotgadgets, LG Philippine stores||Any Samsung store and online stores nationwide|
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