Samsung recently lifted the covers of its first Smartphone with a triple camera setup – the Galaxy A7. Starting at a competitive price of Rs. 23,990, the all-new Galaxy A7 packs in an Exynos 7885 SoC, coupled with 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal storage. As with most other modern Smartphone these days, the Galaxy A7 also packs in a fingerprint sensor, and a face unlock feature for biometric authentication. Samsung has taken a new route with the fingerprint sensor and has replaced it from the back of the device to the power button. The face unlocks feature remains as basic as ever and just makes use of the front camera to authenticate the user’s face.

Fingerprint Scanner

Because the fingerprint scanner now rests on the power button, it occupies significantly less space than its back panel-placed counterparts and registering a new fingerprint on the smaller fingerprint scanner takes an unusually long time. On top of that, you aren’t able to register your entire fingerprint which means that there are chances that the scanner won’t identify your fingerprint if you place it at an awkward angle in a hurry.

However, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy A7 is bad. It’s fairly accurate, and once you get used to the placement, it doesn’t feel as slow. In my case, I got used to placing my thumb on the fingerprint scanner while pulling the phone out of my pocket and by the time I got the phone in front of my face, the device would be unlocked. This is why I feel that the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy A7 is pretty decent. Now, moving on to the face unlock feature on the Galaxy A7:

Face Unlock Feature

Galaxy A7 Face Unlock The face unlock feature on the new Galaxy A7 just makes use of just the front-facing camera to authenticate the user’s face. As you’d already know, compared to the IR-assisted face unlock feature found on the Poco F1 and the Vivo V11 Pro, the face unlock feature on the Galaxy A7 isn’t as secure or as accurate.

The device also had trouble identifying my face when I registered by face with my hair open and then tried to unlock the device with my hair tied in a bun. The device also faced the same issue with my glasses, making the experience rather unpleasant. Which is exactly why I didn’t use the face unlock feature on the device as much, and I believe you wouldn’t either.


When it comes to fingerprint feature, Even though the company might have been a bit late to the party, it’s great to see that it’s still open to making some changes to its design that will be beneficial for the end user. When it comes to face unlock feature, you should look at Poco F1 or the Vivo V11 Pro both of which have faster options for face unlock


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