Samsung introduces a triple rear camera in its mid-range with the Galaxy A7

Earlier this month the head of the Samsung phone division said the company planned to release some of its next technological advances not in its more advanced phones, but in the mid-range. What not many did not expect is that this strategy was to take shape so soon. Today the South Korean firm has launched it with the announcement of the Galaxy A7, a very popular phone that now stands out for the presence of a triple rear camera.

Reasonably extended in countries such as Spain but not very competitive at a technical level, the Galaxy A7 is reinvented now with quite interesting features on paper. In addition to the almost usual Full HD + screen with rounded corners (based on Super AMOLED technology) there is a chipset of eight cores and unknown paternity accompanied by up to 6 GB of RAM.

  • Super AMOLED 6-inch screen 2220 x 1080
  • Eight-core processor at 2.2 GHz
  • 4/6 GB of RAM (depending on the market)
  • 64/128 GB of storage (depending on the market, expandable in the 64 GB model)
  • LTE (depending on the market)
  • Rear camera 24 + 8 + 5 MP
  • Front camera 24 MP
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 3,300 mAh battery

The camera is in any case the star of this mobile. The main sensor has a resolution of 24 megapixels (f / 1.7), while the secondary sensor is ultra panoramic, with a total of 8 megapixels and a capture capacity of 120 ° to take better pictures of groups of people or landscapes. The third sensor has a resolution of 5 MP and is used to capture depth data, necessary to generate blur effects. The front camera is also remarkable, with a total of 24 MP.

Samsung has not yet put a price on this phone, which is expected to arrive in the fall. The company has scheduled an event for next October 11, when we will possibly know the specific configuration for Spain and the rates.

Source: Samsung

Samsung plans to reduce RAM production to avoid falling prices according to Bloomberg

The semiconductor industry moves on the basis of explosion and contraction cycles, something that users who assemble their own computers are very familiar with. However, when prices fall, it is not usually because the manufacturers want it, but it is due to factors such as a possible reduction in demand that leaves them with an excess of inventory. This is a situation that Samsung wants to avoid. 

The South Korean firm, currently the world’s largest semiconductor maker , is planning according to Bloomberg reduce the production of its RAM chips in anticipation of lower demand in 2019. The purpose is simply to “help maintain or increase” prices, working under the expectation that RAM sales will grow less than 20% during next year. The NAND chips, used in the SSD units, should register a growth of 30%. 

Although positive, these figures are significantly lower than those advanced at the beginning of the year, when Samsung expected increases of 20% and 40%, respectively. 

This situation is not exactly what is said new. About a year ago the main RAM manufacturers made adjustments in their production lines with the same purpose, which has resulted in a stagnation (and even rise) of prices throughout 2018. The issue is that it is a market essentially dominated by three companies, Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron, none of which seems to be particularly interested in a price war. Unlike. 

According to a Bloomberg analyst, “if Samsung reduces the growth of its DRAM, it shows that the company is happy with the current oligopolistic structure of the market, preferring to keep the supply tight and prices high rather than increasing its market share and risking reduce prices, so the chances of continued DRAM prices are higher than before. “