Samsung Galaxy A7 vs HTC Desire 820

Samsung recently added the third device to the Galaxy A series. This new device is called the A7 and it is also a mid-range device like the other devices in this series. The device features a metal unibody, a style that Samsung has picked up recently with the Galaxy A series devices. The device looks neat with a simple and sharp design while offering decent set of features. It is a 4G device and comes in both single and dual SIM versions. Both the versions are powered by octa core processors.

On the other hand, the Desire 820 is a mid-range offering from the manufacturer that addresses the shortcomings of its previous devices in this bracket. It comes with a 64 bit chipset like the Samsung offering in question here and the chipset is the same as on the dual SIM version of the Galaxy A7. This is also a large device with a 5.5 inch display like the Samsung. WhileSamsung gets a metal unibody, this one is polycarbonate but with very impressive built quality. The design is also really nice and it actually looks prettier than the Samsung device. On paper, both these devices are pretty much the same. So we put these two devices against each other to find out which one makes more sense.

Samsung Galaxy A7 vs HTC Desire 820:Design

Like we said already, Samsung has started moving towards metal devices now. The Galaxy A series marked the beginning of this new trend and we really appreciate the move. It was required as the rivals were using premium materials like metal and glass on their mid-range and high end devices. Motorola even went ahead to use wood and leather on its devices and Samsung was still stuck to the plastic even on their high end devices. Now they are trying to change this with devices like Galaxy A7 and they are pretty much getting success with that. The device has got a simple rectangular design with the familiar Samsung face, only a bit sharper, and it looks nice.


The HTC device is made out of plastic but that doesn’t mean it looks bad. The device is solidly built like any other HTC device out there and the design is impressive. It carried the HTC One design scheme that has been seen on many HTC devices recently. It gets the boom sound speakers that you get on some other HTC devices as well. They provide an excellent stereo sound effect when watching videos on the device. Even with the better looks, the HTC hasn’t got a design as good as Samsung. It is 7 mm taller than the Samsung and 2.5 mm wider. And this is when HTC has got on screen navigation keys. It is also fatter (relatively) at 7.7 mm against 6.3 mm of Samsung Galaxy A7 and there is a 14 Gms weight difference.

Samsung Galaxy A7 vs HTC Desire 820:Display

Both the devices come with same display size and resolution. The display size on these devices is 5.5 inches and the resolution is 1280 x 720. While we like the idea of a large display on slim device, the resolution is unimpressive. When manufacturers are offering full HD displays on their mid-range devices giving pixel density numbers north of 400 ppi, these displays have a pixel density of just 267 ppi. They should offer pixel density of at least 300 ppi or more. Even the mid-range devices don’t come cheap, do they? The low pixel density means that the displays aren’t sharp enough and it is visible while reading small texts on the displays.


But then these displays aren’t exactly the same. In fact they are very different when you actually use them. This is because both the devices use different display technologies. The Samsung Galaxy A7 has got an AMOLED display which offers excellent contrast ratios and well saturated colours. Fans of deep blacks would really love this display for the perfectly black blacks this display offers. The display is very legible even under direct sunlight. The HTC Desire 820 on the other hand has got a LCD display which is also good. It replicates the colours very well and is excellent for watching videos. The contrast ratio isn’t as good as the display on A7 but still it is good enough for someone who isn’t used to AMOLED displays. The brightness levels are good to make it usable outdoors. Both the displays are protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Samsung Galaxy A7 vs HTC Desire 820:Hardware

Both the devices are offered as both single and dual SIM variants. The Samsung Galaxy A7 runs a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset on the dual SIM variant (LTE/3G). It has got eight Cortex A53 cores, four running at 1.5 GHz while four at 1.0 GHz. The graphics are handled by Adreno 405 GPU. It has got 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. This is exactly the same hardware that you would find on the HTC Desire 820. Both of them offer micro SD card slots. The Samsung can support cards up to 64 GB while the HTC can support up to 128 GB.

The single SIM version of the Samsung Galaxy A7 which carries Octa 5430 Exynos 32-bit chipset which is a different chipset. It runs four Cortex A15 cores at 1.8 GHz and four Cortex A7 cores. Here the graphics are handled by a Mali T628 MP6 GPU. Apart from the usual set of connectivity options, the devices support 4G networks for fast data connectivity. Both the Samsung and HTC are powered by similar capacity batteries. To provide enough juice for the powerful hardware and large display, they come with 2600 mAh batteries. As far as we know, the Desire 820 has got an impressive battery life and the Samsung should perform in a similar way if not better.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 comes with a 13 megapixel primary camera and 5 megapixel secondary camera. It offers nice pictures with well saturated colours. The HTC has got an even better camera with the same resolution. It can also record 60 fps videos. The secondary camera has a higher resolution of 8 megapixels to shoot better selfies.

Author: The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications Samsung Galaxy A7 for the readers to make an informed buying decision.


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