Samsung's super-slim Galaxy A7 prioritizes looks over power

Samsung has to deal not only with Apple's new iPhones on the high-end side, but excellent Chinese Android models like the Xiaomi Mi4 further down the food chain. To stop the bleeding in the latter segment, it just launched the Galaxy A7, its best mid-range model and slimmest smartphone to date. As we saw earlier, the 6.3mm thick metal unibody houses a Snapdragon 64-bit octa-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 5-megapixel front and 13-megapizel rear camera. The 5.5-inch AMOLED screen looks like 720p and not Full HD, and it'll only run Android 4.4 to start with.

Samsung is also emphasizing its own software features like call voice-activated selfies, phone call noise reduction and extra security. There's no word yet on availability or price (SamMobile says it'll run about €509 or $600, a price that seems in line with the Galaxy A5 and A3), but the Korean giant is targeting Europe and Asia with the Galaxy A7, judging by the dual-SIM option. In the latter market, however, it'll be in tough against models like the $320 Mi4, which has much better specs across the board for much less money.