Samsung didn’t have a great year in 2014. It lost most of its market share in the budget price range to the competitors including Micromax, Xiaomi, Gionee, and Huawei. With the launch of Samsung Galaxy E7 smartphone, Samsung is trying to keep its market share intact in mid price range. The E7 smartphone has been priced at Rs. 23,000 which went on sale on January 20 in India.
The Galaxy E series was launched along with the A series where both had the same specs. The only thing that makes them apart is that the E series smartphones are made out of the plastic. That’s the reason the Galaxy E7 smartphone is cheaper than the Galaxy A7.
The Samsung Galaxy E7 sports a 5.5-inch Super-AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels
resolution. It is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. On camera front, it sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixiel front-facing camera. E7 has 16GB of built-in storage and support for up to 64GB more using the microSD cards. On connectivity front, it supports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and A-GPS.
Design & Hardware
Let us first discuss the design and build aspect. The Galaxy E7 follows the standard design form of Samsung. It has the metal frame that we have already seen in Galaxy S5. The smartphone is light in weight in comparison to Xiaomi Mi4, while the back cover is made up of polycarbonate material, and has a glossy finish.
The Galaxy E7 has the unibody design with a non-removable back cover. SIM and microSD slots have been provided on the right side and volume rocker on the left side of the phone. The second SIM card slot can act as a MicroSD card slot, so you will have to sacrifice the Dual SIM functionality for more space or vice versa. One design aspect some may not like is that rear camera is sticking out from the handset’s body.
On the software front, Galaxy E7 runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, with the TouchWiz UI and is expected to get 5.0 Lollipop update sooner. I personally never liked the TouchWiz UI, and always have been a fan of stock Android ROM. TouchWiz has always been known to be one of the heaviest ROMs out there, bloated with unwanted features and apps. The Galaxy E7 also comes with bloatware you find on the other Samsung smartphones. Samsung has provided many features in its camera apps such as Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, a GIF feature and Beauty Shot, which all the selfies lovers would like to explore.
The Samsung Galaxy E7 is a decent smartphone overall. But at this price point, users have better options including Xioami Mi4, OnePlus One and Lenovo Vibe X2. This was our hands on and the quick review. Stay tuned for our full reviews, in which we will test phone’s performance, camera quality, battery life and gaming.