Two of Samsung’s A-series titans battle it out in this review comparison, as the predecessor, Samsung Galaxy A7 (priced at Php 24,990) battles it out, with its successor, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (price at Php 24,990). Which among these brothers would yo want to have in hand? choose wisely.
Design and build
The Galaxy A7, follows the similar all metal design and slim bezels, with sharp edged corners that were seen in past A-series handsets. Its very crafty made and looks very straight forward to be honest, its metal and it looks good. However, it seems that the A8 provided a few extra feats to the given feature. The A8 has a beautiful design and overall classy look that makes it a bit special than the A7. Considered to be one of the thinnest phones ever made, the A8 surely redefined the appeal that metal constructions give. The A8 features a fingerprint scanner, which is not seen on the A7, though the 2016 version of the A7 would soon get its hands on the feature.
Which among of these suits your style? The classy and elegant A8 or the simple and fine A7? Share your thoughts with us.
Display and viewing experiences
The Galaxy A7 carries a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, while the A8 carries a slightly larger 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display. Both phones are the same, resolution-wise, and the minor tweak in the screen department isn’t exactly noticeable. Primarily, there isn’t much difference in the display department, since both are carrying the same OLED technology in them. Overall, all seems adequate and pair in terms of screen and display quality.
What do you think? Have you noticed any difference? If you did, hit us up on the comments section.
Camera basic/quality/still image
The Galaxy A7 has a 13MP rear shooter and a 5MP selfie shooter, while the successor, Galaxy A8 has a 16MP rear shooter and a similar 5MP for selfie shooting. Daylight shooting was a-okay, but it can be clearly seen that the A7 had a problem in brightness, with the A7 initiating a dimmed output and dull output, while the A8 delivered excellent colour blended and bright outputs. On Selfie shooting, A8 provided a cooler colour blending and felt a bit too much on white balance, while the A7 is A7’s output was very standard, quality-wise.
For night shooting, both devices performed poorly, with very dimmed shots and noisy ones at that. It seems that the sensors couldn’t adapt to the darkness fairly and was eventually showcased unimpressive outputs.
Both the A7 and its successor, the A8 shots 1080p videos and by far very consistent yet again. Not much difference is seen on video.
Which among these sensors looks better? share us your opinion.
Performance and benchmarks
Both the A7 and the A8 are carrying a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip on their helm, with both of them having 2GB of RAM. For storage, the Galaxy A7 has a 16GB internal storage, while the A8 has a larger 32GB of internal storage. For benchmark scores, it seems that the A8 was seen to be better performance-wise, based on the seen ratings.
- Galaxy A8: 48405
- Galaxy A7: 26623
Basemark OS II
- Galaxy A8: 976
- Galaxy A7: 594
- Galaxy A8: single core: 937, multi-core: 3236
- Galaxy A7: single core:434, multi-core: 1802
For microSD card limit, the Galaxy A7 has a 64GB microSD card limit, while the Galaxy A8 has a doubled amount, which is 128GB of microSD storage.
The Galaxy A7 carries a 2600mAh battery capacity, while the Galaxy A8 sports a 3050mAh battery. On our standard 2-hour HD movie battery test, we were able to determine that the Galaxy A7 was able to last for 10 hours and 39 minutes, while the A8 was able to hang in there for a longer 16 hours and 39 minutes, which is truly amazing from both device.
- Galaxy A7: 10 hours and 39 minutes
- Galaxy A8: 16 hours and 39 minutes
Speaker and audio
There isn’t much difference in audio for the A8 and the A7. However, upon getting closer and hearing out the sound outputs, it can be determined that the A8 was a bit louder than the Galaxy A7, however, this is hard to notice and a bit advantage in volume isn’t something to worry about.
Which among these two A-series devices would be your music companion? Share us your pick on the comments section.
Price and verdict
Ironically, these two are not differentiating in price, with Lazada offering up both for Php 24,990. So, honestly , since both are priced at the same price on a particular place, its quite common to take the successor over the predecessor, however, the A7 is a bit more simply to understand than the latest A8, so, if you’re into simplicity and whatnot, the best choice is the A7, otherwise, you could go with the latest Galaxy A-series handset, the Galaxy A8.
which do you prefer? Hit us up on the comments section and share your thoughts with us. And also, check out this video comparison, starring the Galaxy A8.
Samsung Galaxy A7 specs, PH price, features
Samsung Galaxy A8 specs, PH price, features
|Display||5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 401ppi||5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 386ppi|
|Size||6.3mm thickness, 141g weight||5.9mm thickness, 151g weight|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Cornings Gorilla Glass 4|
|Color variants||Pearl White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold||Pearl white, midnight black, champagne gold|
|Chip||Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 – A700FD|
Exynos 5 Octa 5430 – A700F
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset|
|Processor||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
|Quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 processor|
|Graphics||Adreno 405 GPU – A700FD|
Mali-T628 MP6 GPU – A700F
|Adreno 405 GPU|
|Memory||2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 64GB||2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB|
|Main camera||13MP rear shooter, autofocus, LED flash||16MP rear shooter|
|Multimedia||1080p video recorder||1080p@30fps video|
|Front facing camera||5MP selfie shooter, 1080p video recorder||5MP selfie shooter, 1080p|
|Connectivity||LTE, WiFi n, BT 4.0, GPS GLONASS, FM Radio with RDS; recording||4G LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, FM Radio with RDS recording|
|OS||Android 4.4.4 KitKat, upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)||Android 5.1 Lollipop|
|Software features||Ok google, Android TV||Ok Google, Android TV|
|Battery capacity||Non-removable 2600mAh battery||3050mAh battery|
|Ports and charging||microUSB v2.0||microUSB v2.0|
|Release date||January, 2015||August|
|Official price||Php 24,990 (16GB) in lazada Ph||Php 24,990 PH (32GB) price in Lazada PH, as of October 16, 2015|
|Where to buy||Any Samsung store and online stores nationwide||Online stores like Lazada, Hotgadgets and official retail stores, Samsung stores|
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