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Samsung's Metal Galaxy A7 Packs Octa-Core Power

Samsung's Galaxy A7 doesn't quite offer flagship specs, but it definitely looks the part. The company's latest mid-range phone packs an octa-core processor, 5-MP selfie cam, and, most notably, a thin and attractive metal build that takes design cues from both Samsung's rivals and the manufacturer's own higher-end smartphones.

The Galaxy A7 looks like a simplified Galaxy Note 4 at first glance, sporting slim metal edges and a matte rear panel that comes in black, white or gold. The handset's 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display might not be as stunning as the Note 4's 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 screen, but the device's octa-core CPU and 2GB of RAM should be enough to power any apps and games you'd typically use on a flagship.

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The A7 is one of many new smartphones targeted at selfie addicts, with a 5-MP front camera that boasts an Ultra Wide Shot mode for group photos and Auto Selfie for snapping self-portraits with voice commands or hand gestures. There's even a rear cam selfie mode, if you prefer to use the device's 13-MP  shooter to snag a selfie with as many pixels as possible.

The Android 4.4-based A7 packs 16GB of onboard storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD), supports LTE Cat4 network speeds and packs a 2,600-mAh battery. The smartphone sports a handful of common Galaxy software features, including Ultra Power Saving Mode, Multi Screen and Private Mode.

Samsung's Galaxy A7 probably won't make you ditch your iPhone, but it offers a compelling combination of looks and functionality for those who want a slick phone that takes good selfies on a budget. There's no word on pricing or availability, so stay tuned.

Mike Andronico is an Associate Editor at Tom's Guide. Follow Mike @MikeAndronico and on Google+. Follow us @TomsGuide, on Facebook and on Google+.