Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S8 smartphones are displayed during a media event at a company's building in Seoul, South Korea, April 13, 2017. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) can be added to the “buy” list if one is comfortable with an older version of Android. It has a steady camera and a noteworthy display. There are various high-end phones that do not offer water and dust-resistance. This smartphone does.

However, the Galaxy A7 (2017) has to fight a lot of competition, especially from handsets such as the OnePlus 3T. The latter has set the bar high with some premium specs and stunning performance. The Galaxy handset is prone to scratches though it has a beautiful glass-back. Moreover, the low-light performance of the smartphone is also but of a turn-off. Even in terms of photos, it’s not a big leap from 2016. Low-light photography details are not inspiring. Plus, there is no slow-motion or 4K recording at the price the smartphone is being offered.

The absence of the Android Nougat operating system, lack of powerful speakers and 32GB internal storage are some other disappointments. However, there are positives too. The smartphone sports a big 5.5-inch AMOLED display with FullHD. Samsung has reigned supreme on this front and the Galaxy A7 (2017) fully lives up to the high standards. Vivid colours and crisp screen makes the display one of the best in the market. Multi-tasking is not a problem for this handset, not even complex graphics games.

The smartphone is powered by an Exynos 7880 octa-core processor clocked at 1.9 Ghz, 32GB onboard storage and 3GB RAM. The user interface of the phone has some of Samsung’s own features, customizable screenshots and split-screen. On the camera front, despite not-so-impressive performance in low-light conditions, the Galaxy S7 (2017) camera takes some excellent shots. The photos have enough details and colour reproduction is impressive. The front camera also impresses selfie lovers.

When tested on PC Mark, the smartphone’s battery scored eight hours plus. It lasts a day even after heavy usage. The phone is IP68 certified, which is unlikely for smartphones in this price segment. The Galaxy A7 (2017) offers a premium design and look at a mid-range price, writes Indian Express. Currently, the mobile phone is being offered for INR 33,490 (AU$700 approx). It has a 3,300 mAh battery and 16MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture + 16MP front camera. The premium all glass and metal body is a sure hit.

There’s a 3D curved glass all round the metal frame. The headphone jack and USB Type-C port are at the bottom. The single nano-SIM slot and volume rockers are on the left side of the device. The top of the device has a separate microSD slot and the second SIM slot. The phone could have been made a lot sleeker, though that does not seem like a problem. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017).