At the end of 2018, Samsung returns to the front of the stage with its new Galaxy A7 which has a major argument: a triple sensor. Rather rare to find this characteristic in the mid-range segment, is it enough to shade the competition? The Honor 8X does not put forward the same arguments, but it proposes a complete solution while being less expensive. Using our detailed comparison, find out which one is the best smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is the first smartphone of the Korean brand to integrate a triple sensor photo module. An integration that was previously reserved for high-end smartphones is now available at a more affordable price. Nevertheless, it still represents a drag on the purchase when most smartphones in this segment are usually offered for less than 300 euros. Opposite, we find for example a Honor 8X with a hundred euros less on the bill, for a similar experience.
One wonders then: what is the best smartphone between a Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) and Honor 8X? Design, performance, photo, autonomy … Discover our detailed comparison between the two smartphones!
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Version of the OS
2220 x 1080 pixels
2340 x 1080 pixels
Exynos 7885 to 2.2GHz
Kirin 710 to 2.2GHz
Graphics Chip (GPU)
Internal memory (flash)
64 GB, 128 GB
64 GB, 128 GB
1:24 Megapixel Sensor, 2: 8 Megapixel Sensor
1:20 megapixel sensor, 2 megapixel sensor
5.0 + A2DP + LE
4.2 + A2DP + LE + apt-X
LTE, HSPA, GSM
LTE, HSPA, GSM
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
2x nano SIM
2x nano SIM
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)
159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm
160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm
Pink, Blue, Black, Gold
Red, Blue, Black
Design: the quality side of the Honor 8X
Like all smartphones from the Korean manufacturer, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is no exception to the rule and is also a refractory notch. It retains a classic design, but not less elegant than another. However, one can easily blame the thick edges all around the screen. Very nice in hand, but a little slippery, it is also very intuitive to unlock quickly with the fingerprint sensor located on the right side of the device (it is the same key to turn on / off the smartphone). In the back, the back is more purified with the Samsung logo and the three photo lenses positioned vertically in the upper left corner, above the flash.
Regarding the Honor 8X, here we find a very different design of his challenger. The screen is totally borderless, with thin borders, and it incorporates a rather discreet notch where is housed the front camera. With beautiful finishes, the smartphone of the Chinese manufacturer has the merit of proposing a qualitative design that easily places it at the top of the basket for this price bracket. Turning the phone over, we notice a beautiful glass plate with the double photo sensor positioned vertically at the top left of the camera and a fingerprint sensor placed in the middle.
The design of the two smartphones is very different, but equally pleasing to the eye one as the other. However, we will honor the quality of the finishes of Honor 8X.
Screen: Super AMOLED, without hesitation
Samsung is a master in this field, it has a habit of equipping its smartphones with the best screens on the market. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy A7 embeds a Super AMOLED screen, the latter has a diagonal of 6 inches with a definition Full HD + 2220 x 1080 pixels. This slab offers a very high maximum brightness and a perfect contrast with bright and intense colors. It will however take a little tour in the settings to get colors much more faithful to reality.
As for the Honor 8X, it opts for a wide slab IPS LCD with a diagonal of 6.5 inches and a Full HD + definition of 2340 × 1080 pixels. The result of the colors and contrasts is rather satisfactory for a smartphone of this price bracket, we can not blame him very much. However, we will still note a relatively low maximum brightness, which prevents comfortably consult the smartphone during the days a little too sunny.
Hard to offer a better quality of images than Samsung and its Super AMOLED screens, even if the Honor 8X's LCD IPS screen is not to throw so far.
Software: no pie for Christmas Eve
With the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), the Samsung Experience interface is paired with Android 8.0 Oreo. Yes, you read correctly. The Korean manufacturer has not bothered to offer the latest version of Google software. Not to mention Android Pie that will arrive later in the year 2019, the version 8.1 is not even planned yet to fill the wait.
Apart from that, the user experience is perfectly smooth with many options available in the settings, or a little too much. Although it seems to be a little mess, the interface often offers boxes "Looking for something else? At the bottom of the screen for more intuitive navigation.
As for the Honor 8X, it offers the EMUI interface of the Chinese manufacturer (Huawei) coupled with Android 8.1 Oreo. The security patches are up to date, so no worries about that. However, it should be noted that it is not one of the smartphones that will receive very soon EMUI 9. It will be necessary to wait the second half of the year 2019 so that Android 9.0 Pie tip the tip of its nose.
To return to the topic, the user experience is pleasant everyday: there are many customization options such as filtering blue light for comfort of the eyes or the application drawer. In addition, EMUI can replace the three keys at the bottom with a single navigation button, a bit like what Apple offers from iOS 11. Nevertheless, we can easily blame him a risky management of the notch at times.
Performances: Kirin 710
The mid-range smartphone of the Korean manufacturer embarks an Exynos 7885 SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz and supported by 4 GB of RAM. A configuration similar to the Galaxy A8 (2018) released more recently this year, but offers yet with the Galaxy A7 a little higher performance for better fluidity. At stake, the result is respectable, but not extraordinary on the most greedy games from the Play Store.
After the Mate 20 Lite and the P Smart Plus, it is the turn of the Honor 8X to be equipped with HiSilicon's latest midrange SoC, the Kirin 710 clocked at 2.2 GHz. The performance of this new chip gives a breath of power to mid-range smartphones, which simply allows the 8X to be one of the most powerful in its class.
Galaxy A7 (2018) Honor 8X
SoCExynos 7885Kirin 710
AnTuTu 7.x123 200139 437
The Exynos 7885 chip has already proven itself on the very good Galaxy A8 (2018), but it is clear that a significant gap is widening with the new SoC Kirin 710.
Camera: a disappointing triple sensor
The main selling point of the Galaxy A7 (2018) is of course its triple objective module. There is a 24-megapixel main sensor with, in support, another 5-megapixel sensor to manage the depth of field, but also another 8-megapixel sensor that has the distinction of being ultra wide-angle. He manages to capture beautiful shots with colors very close to reality when the right conditions are met. On the other hand, its three sensors are not enough to obtain correct images once the night falls, the noise is too much present. Regarding the ultra wide-angle mode, we will appreciate its ease of use, but we sulk its optical distortions too exaggerated.
In front, the Galaxy A7 (2018) is equipped with a 24-megapixel front camera. Same observation as before, it offers good results when the conditions are optimal, but suffers enormously in low light. A small LED flash is still reinforcement during your selfies in the middle of the night.
The Honor 8X remains on the basis of a dual main camera. There is a first 20 megapixel sensor with a second 2 megapixel sensor that captures more light and optimizes depth of field management. In the middle of the day, the Honor 8X has no trouble taking detailed photos with accurate colors and even good brightness management, but at night, it often has a hard time capturing all the details. night mode to improve everything). Nevertheless, we can not blame a mid-range smartphone that does not make its main selling point.
With regard to the 16-megapixel front camera, it gives correct results although it has difficulties indoors with artificial lights.
We expected a lot, maybe even a little too much, the triple sensor Samsung. The idea of bringing such integration to the mid-range segment is attractive to many smartphone users in 2018, but the recipe is clearly not well controlled to finally become a real weakness of the Galaxy A7.
Battery: Galaxy with a big A, like autonomy
The smartphones of the Galaxy A range are known for their excellent autonomy, and this is the real asset of the Galaxy A7 (2018). With its battery of 3300 mAh, it achieves endurance prowess to easily hold a whole day, and even more depending on your use. For charging, it takes about 2 hours for the phone to go from 9 to 100% battery.
With its 3,750 mAh battery, the Honor 8X also provides a very comfortable battery life to easily last more than a whole day, especially since the 12 nm engraving of the SoC Kirin 710 offers better energy management . As for the charging time, it's pretty much a match with the Galaxy A7 from 0 to 100% battery in 2 hours and 17 minutes.
Note that the two smartphones of this versus offers the micro USB, even if we would all have liked the USB-C in late 2018.
On our Viser test, the Honor 8X held 9 hours and 36 minutes while the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) held 10 hours and 58 minutes. A quite remarkable score that easily places it in the Top 10 most enduring smartphones that we tested in 2018.
Conclusion: which is the best smartphone?
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is a good smartphone with one of the best screens on the market and excellent battery life, but what is lacking in the smartphone of the Korean manufacturer is above all its poorly controlled integration of the triple photo sensor. What was to be a real asset (but especially a seductive selling point) is actually a serious defect that weighs far too much on the weight of the final bill. Except if you absolutely want an ultra wide-angle mode (which would justify the difference of 100 euros alone), the Honor 8X has a picture quality almost identical, while saving money in the wallet .
At least, the Honor 8X does not promise anything, but it finds all its strength in its excellent quality / price ratio which is probably presented here as a matter of course.
Price and availability
The Honor 8X is sold in two versions, at 249 euros with the configuration 4 GB / 64 GB and 299 euros for the model 4 GB / 128 GB.
Where to buy the Honor 8X at the best price?
More recent, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is sold at 349 euros in its 64 GB version.
Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) at the best price?