Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime (Review) An Affordable Smartphone in Low Price
Samsung has updated the high-end smartphone space, and Samsung galaxy series have been the backbone of the topmost smartphone selling company. series and smartphones. However, the company hasn’t had many stand-out offerings in the entry-level segment, with a few exceptions of course.
The Galaxy On7 Prime has a metal unibody which feels sturdy and robust. It’s relatively slim at 8mm and feels quite comfortable to hold. The metal back has a smooth texture to it, which thankfully doesn’t attract any fingerprints, but the glass in the front does. We also can’t help but notice the similarity in design to the smartphone. A phone that Samsung launched way back in 2016. In fact, apart from a newer style of icons for the capacitive buttons, both smartphones seem virtually identical.
This phone does look good from the front thanks to the 2.5D curved glass. The Galaxy On7 Prime sticks to the traditional 16:9 screen aspect ratio so right off the bat, it lacks the ‘wow’ factor of 18:9 displays that many manufacturers have adopted in this segment. The size is 5.5 inches and the resolution is full-HD, so text is sharp. Colours are fairly well represented thanks to the PLS TFT LCD, and don't look exaggerated.
Strangely though, this phone lacks an ambient light sensor which we noticed instantly when we first tried to use it in the dark. Skimping on features like NFC and Wi-Fi ac at this price point could be forgivable, but to not have something as basic as an ambient light sensor is very disappointing. Due to this, we had to keep adjusting the brightness manually when moving about, which became quite a chore very quickly.
Above the display, it has a 13-megapixel selfie camera, notification LED, and earpiece, while below it are the physical home button, which also houses the fingerprint sensor, and capacitive buttons placed on either side of it. On the left side, there are volume buttons on the top and slots below for the two SIMs and microSD card. The first slot houses the primary SIM card while the secondary slot accommodates the second SIM and a microSD card of up to 256GB in capacity. The speaker and power button sit on the right side of the phone. At the bottom, we have a Micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphones socket.
In the box, you get a travel adapter (7.75W), data cable, SIM eject tool, and some safety and quick start guides but no headset.
The new Galaxy On7 Prime features the same octa-core Exynos 7870 SoC from Samsung that we’ve seen in plenty of its budget and mid-range devices since 2016. We're reviewing the higher-end variant of this phone which features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but it's is also available with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for a bit less money. Other connectivity options include single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Glonass and Beidou for navigation, FM radio, and USB-OTG.
Samsung has skimped a lot on the sensors, and you only get a proximity sensor and an accelerometer. There's no compass or gyroscope in addition to the crucial missing ambient light sensor. 4G is supported, along with VoLTE. There’s an option to enable Wi-Fi calling in the notifications shade, so you’ll be able to take advantage of this if your carrier supports it
For software, you get the now-dated Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Android security patch dated August 2017), which is another disappointment. The phone runs on Samsung’s Experience UI (v8.5), which is similar to what we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy MAX and other recently released phones. Swiping right on the first home screen takes you to the Bixby screen, which presents you with cards for the weather, your schedule, reminders, and even notifications from your social feed. You can choose which apps are allowed to send notifications or updates to Bixby.
Rather than typing the name of what you’re looking for, you can search for products with your voice or by taking a photo of an object, using the buttons at the end of the search box. Alternately, you can tap the ‘shopping bag’ icon in the photo gallery to search the Mall app for a product in your existing photos. There’s a ‘Samsung Mall’ option in the camera app too, which will try and look for an object you’re pointing at. Voice search is handled by Google, while image recognition is handled by Bixby.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime performance, cameras, and battery life
The Galaxy On7 Prime handles video playback at up to 1080p well, and it even managed to play all our high-bitrate files. Audio through the speaker sounds weak and isn’t loud enough for media, but thanks to the placement on the right side, there is a lower chance of blocking it when watching videos or gaming.
The primary camera at the back is has 13-megapixel sensor and f/1.9 aperture. The autofocus system is quite sluggish, even in daylight, so you need to be steady in order for the camera to lock focus. Due to this, it was next to impossible to get sharp shots of moving objects, even in Sports mode. Landscapes have decent amounts of detail but the phone struggles with getting the exposure right under bright light. HDR helps mitigate this to an extent but the end result isn’t great most of the time.
Close-up shots are better, but the camera fails to capture accurate colours, especially if there are subtle gradients. For instance, the petals of a flower came out looking duller than we would have liked. In low light, autofocus is slow, which makes it tough to get usable shots. Video recording tops out at 1080p and continuous autofocus works decently well under good lighting, although it’s still not very quick. The quality of video is average, and there’s no electronic stabilisation. You get a bunch of shooting modes for stills but nothing for video.
The front 13-megapixel camera has a fixed focus and the same f/1.9 aperture. It captures good selfies in daylight but doesn't fare well in low light. There is a screen flash but it’s not very effective. You even get a bokeh mode, called ‘Selfie Focus’, but the end result isn’t great most of the time.
The camera app has a neat social sharing feature which lets you quickly share photos. Currently, only Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp are supported. Once you select your social channels, taking a photo automatically queues it to be shared. All you have to do is then tap the respective icons in the viewfinder to post them. The ‘Geo-Like’ toggle button in the camera app gives your photos a small watermark that’s representative of the location you’re shooting in. There are also stickers, a feature that’s borrowed from the Galaxy S8 series.
The Galaxy On7 Prime has a decently sized 3300mAh battery, which managed to last us an entire day of light to medium usage. When using heavy apps, we didn’t register any drastic dips in the battery level either. Samsung drops the brightness level of the screen to minimum when the battery dips to about five percent, and you can’t increase it even if you want to. Fast charging isn't supported. From an empty tank, the phone needed an hour to get up 46 percent, but we had to wait nearly three hours for it to reach 100 percent.
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