As the most expensive device in Samsung’s 2016 A-Series lineup, you might expect some big differences. In reality, the A7 (2016) is more like an enlarged A5 (2016) with a couple extra features.
While the screen is larger--at 5.5 inches--it’s still the same 1080p resolution you’ll find in the A5. This means that technically, you’re getting a lower pixel density on the more expensive handset. Despite this, reviewers did not mention any noticeable differences in appearance.
The processor is slightly faster--a 1.6Ghz Octa-core Exynos--and there’s 3GB of RAM instead of the 2GB found in the A5. While reviews indicate that the RAM helps slightly with multitasking, the performance is largely unchanged from the A5.
If you travel often or want to consolidate work and personal phones, the A7 offers offers dual SIM support.
You’ll also find an larger 3300mAh battery which reviewers loved.
Buyer’s Tip: Many reviewers noted that at release the A7 is actually priced slightly higher than the comparable Samsung Galaxy S6. If you don’t mind a slightly smaller screen and don’t need dual SIM support or a microSD card, shopping around might land you a nearly identical phone for less!
Otherwise, the phone borrows from its smaller sibling. For full details on performance, camera quality and interface design, check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)!