Samsung Galaxy A series is all about offering a premium experience, but at a mid-range pricing. But, lately, the competition has gotten really tough in this price band. OnePlus 3T, in particular, has set the benchmark for what consumers have come to expect in a smartphone priced under Rs 35,000. Then, of course, there’s the parade of selfie smartphones taking over the Indian market.

So can Samsung’s Galaxy A7 (2017) series stand up to the competition? Here’s what we thought after our review.

Specifications: 5.7-inch FHD sAMOLED | Exynos 7880 64bit octa-core processor at 1.9Ghz | 3 GB + 32 GB microSD Slot (expandable to 256GB) | 16MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture + 16MP front camera | 3600 mAh battery with Type-C USB | Android 6.0.1 | Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 full specs

Price: Rs 33,490

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Galaxy A phones sport a metal, glass body like the more premium S series. I’ve reviewed the Galaxy A7 phone in the past, and it was a phone I liked. The Galaxy A (2017) gold version we got sports a premium, all-glass and metal body design. It has 3D curved glass all around with a metal frame, and there’s a Type-C USB port at the bottom with the headphone jack next to it.

The volume rockers are on the left side of the device with a single nano-SIM slot. The power button is on the right. The second SIM slot along with a separate microSD slot is placed on top of the device.  The rear camera doesn’t jut out at all on the Galaxy A7 (2017).  Samsung could have made this phone a bit sleeker, but it’s not such a big problem.

In terms of design, Galaxy A7 stands out from the competition in the market. All glass on the front and back ensures that this phone looks beautiful. The only fallout is the body is prone to scratches and smudges. You will need a cover or tempered glass to protect it. Also, the phone can be a bit slippery