Samsung Galaxy On 7 Prime Review: How it compares with Honor 9 Lite
Samsung has upped its ante in the budget segment but it needs more to take on the likes of Honor 9 Lite
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Samsung is taking another look at its affordable Android phone line-up to counter competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Honor. The Galaxy On 7 Prime, which is one such example, is targeted at buyers looking for an affordable smartphone with a big screen and performance that isn’t compromised. It is priced at Rs12,990 (3GB RAM+ 32GB internal storage) and Rs14,990 (4GB + 64GB).
Here is everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy On 7 Prime.
■This is a well-built smartphone with full metal jacket on the back and side panels. The front panel looks a bit run of the mill with wide bezels. The fingerprint sensor is integrated with the home button on the front panel.
■It’s accurate, unlocks the smartphone quickly and can also be used to unlock apps protected with password. The navigation keys are placed outside the interface alongside the home button. The only limitation is that they are not backlit.
■The Galaxy On 7 Prime weighs 168g, but easily useable with one hand. The matte finish on the back, the slightly wide side panel feels more substantial and offers better grip over it. The volume keys are placed on the left and power on the right to prevent any accidental taps. One of its competitors, the Honor 9 Lite (Rs10,999 onwards), weighs just 149g, but has a glossy back.
■Samsung has added a dedicated microSD slot, which means users can access the two 4G SIM slots and take advantage of the expandable storage feature simultaneously.
■The 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 1,920x1,080p, which puts it at par with most budget smartphones. The Honor 9 Lite has a 5.6-inch screen with a resolution of 2,160x1,080p and a more immersive 18:9 aspect ratio. In terms of colour reproduction and clarity, the Samsung smartphone is right up with the best in the budget segment.
■Like most budget smartphones, this one also runs the old version (7.1) of Android with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI which has been redesigned a little to incorporate elements of the new Android interface. It still looks cluttered but offers plenty of customisation options and features such as Samsung’s AI-based personal assistant called Bixby and Samsung’s UPI-based payment app know as Pay Mini.
■The Honor 7x is one of the few budget smartphones to run Android 8.0 out of the box and its Emotion UI offers lots of customisation options.
■Powering the Galaxy On 7 Prime is Samsung’s Exynos 7870 octa-core processor, which was able to deliver a stutter-free performance even with 8 to 10 apps running in the background. However, it is not as powerful as the HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor used in the Honor 6 Lite.
■The Samsung smartphone packs in a 3,300mAh battery, which can muster a single day’s backup comfortably on modest use. The Honor 9 Lite has a 3,000mAh battery, but the battery backup is at par with the Galaxy On 7 Prime.
■The 13-megapixel camera on the Galaxy On 7 Prime is slightly better than the dual 13+2-megapixel camera on the Honor 9 Lite. Even in landscape shots with limited sunlight, objects look clear and crisp. It struggles when it comes to lighting up darker areas, though. Low-light shots are average and washed out.
■Samsung Galaxy On 7 Prime is effective in many ways, but the Honor 9 Lite looks better placed on account of the more immersive screen, lighter form factor, newer Android OS and superior processor.
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