Galaxy On7 Prime: Hands-on with Samsung’s new budget smartphone

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime takes on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Mi A1 and Moto G5s Plus. Check out our detailed first impressions of the phone.

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime: First Impressions(HT Photo)
While Xiaomi may have hogged all the limelight with its Redmi series in the budget segment, rival Samsung does have a strong suite of affordable smartphones under its Galaxy On and J series. Its latest offering under this lineup is Galaxy On7 Prime.
At Rs 14,990 (for the 4GB RAM+64GB model), Galaxy On7 Prime takes on the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus. There’s also the 3GB RAM+32GB version which comes at Rs 12,990.
Samsung’s Galaxy On7 Prime not only comes with an aggressive price tag but also top-of-the-line specifications, a norm in the budget Android smartphone market. The phone has a 5.5-inch full HD screen with 2.5D Gorilla glass in an 8-mm full metal unibody design. The smartphone sports 13-megapixel rear and front cameras is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos octa-core processor.
Design
Samsung’s Galaxy On7 Prime borrows a few aspects from other phones under Galaxy On and Galaxy J series. Featuring a metal unibody design, On7 Prime is quite slim at 8mm.
The front is dominated by the display, with the top bezel featuring the speaker, front camera and Samsung branding. The bottom bezel has capacitive touch buttons for navigation and a clickable fingerprint scanner sandwiched between the two. The scanner also doubles up as the home button.
Both the USB and 3.5mm audio ports are located at the base. The volume buttons and SIM slot are placed on the left top edge whereas the right edge houses the power/lock/unlock button, and speaker grille — an odd location which we previously saw in some older Samsung phones including Galaxy A8+

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime has a metal unibody. (HT Photo)
The back features the camera module along with the flash and another Samsung branding. Unlike other Android phones, the camera module sits flat, rendering the back panel a neater look and feel.
Even though Galaxy On7 Prime has pretty much a standard budget Android look and feel, it looks pretty decent for its price. If just looks were the criteria, I’d rate Xiaomi Mi A1 and Nokia 6 higher than the Samsung phone..
The neat back panel (HT Photo)
Since Galaxy On7 Prime is a relatively big-screen phone and with traditional 16:9 screen aspect, it felt slight bigger in palms initially, considering I was switching from Moto X4, a more compact smartphone. Also, I find the location of volume buttons on the left top a bit of a stretch, especially when trying to operate the phone with a single hand.

Resources:- Hindustan Times

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