Samsung Galaxy E7 Review: Easy TouchBy cheatmaster 11:00 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments
In a bid to bring the A series' new-found premium design language to the masses, Samsung's E-lineup has managed to maintain the same looks. Lower-grade hardware and entirely plastic build have helped haged the price down, but if you don't see too hard it's still an upmarket smartphone.
The design aesthetic of the E7 is unmistakably Samsung - a mix of the Galaxy A7 and the Galaxy S flagships before the Galaxy S6 came along.
The metal frame of the A7 has been replaced by plastic, emulating the looks, but not exactly the feel. On the other hand, the rounded corners are more of a throwback to the S5 than the sharper A7 styling.
A downgrade in the specs was also to be expected and the Galaxy E7 is powered by the lower-midrange Snapdragon 410 as opposed to the snappier Snapdragon 615 inside the A7. The 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) is intact though, so not all corners have been cut.
Samsung's Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display is also on the haged list, albeit in a more affordable 720p resolution. And if you thought that the E7 will skimp on battery power you're wrong, as it comes with a 2,950mAh battery, actually an upgrade over the more expensive Galaxy A7.
- Quad-band 2G, quad-band 3G and multi-band 4G, LTE Cat.4 support for download speeds of up to 150Mbps
- 5.5-inch 720 x 1,280 pixel Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) capacitive touchscreen
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung's TouchWiz on top
- 64-bit elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with quad-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A53; Adreno 306 GPU
- 2GB of RAM; 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
- 13MP main capturing camera with autofocus and Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash; video recording up to 1080p@30fps
- 5MP front camera, video recording up to 1080p@30fps
- Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 b/g/n, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct and hotspot; Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP; NFC (model-dependent)
- GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
- Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS and recording
- 2,950mAh battery capacity
- 720p stretches pretty thin on 5.5 inches by today's standards
- Battery is not user-replaceable
- Android 4.4.4 is not the most recent Android version; Lollipop is in the pipeline though
The Operating System (OS) update is a shortcoming that's fixable and, with Lollipop reportedly on the way, we'll not hrecent it against the E7. The classy screen resolution isn't that gigantic of an issue either and offers decent pixel density for the price segment. The non-removable battery may not be a deal-breaker, but the versatility and future proofing of a user-replaceable battery is an undeniable advantage.
Update Aug 31: At the time of writing neither Samsung nor Corning had readily available information whether the Galaxy E7 had Gorilla Glass protection. As it turns out, the smartphone comes with the latest iteration Gorilla Glass 4. Original text follows.
What's difficult to come to terms with is Samsung's decision to omit the Gorilla Glass protection, and aftermarket measures should be taken to protect your device, which is hardly the best option.
Samsung Galaxy E7 press images
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