Samsung Electronics unveiled this Monday the all-new Galaxy A Series for 2017. The upcoming smartphone lineup by Samsung consists of three mid-range devices: the A7, the A5, and the A3.
The introduction of the 2017 Galaxy A Series takes the spotlight away from the much-awaited Galaxy S8. While rumors suggested Samsung’s next flagship would launch early this year, it is unlikely it will debut at CES 2017.
Samsung will host a launch event for the new Galaxy A Series in Kuala Lumpur this Thursday, January 5, in which the company will unveil more details about the phones.
The Consumer Electronics Show 2017 also kicks off on Thursday in Las Vegas, where the public expects several reveals by the Korean tech giant. It is unknown for now if the 2017 Galaxy A Series will make it to the tech conference.
Samsung 2017 Galaxy A Series: Specs and Design
The A7, A5, and A3 are all quite similar, differing only in a few technical specs but maintaining the essence of Samsung’s latest design trends.
Much like the Galaxy S7, the three Galaxy A devices will sport a glass back and a metal frame. The handsets will be available in Black Mist, Blue Cloud, Gold Mist, and Peach Cloud color options.
The A7 and A5 have 5.7 and 5.2-inch FHD Super AMOLED displays respectively, while the A3 packs a smaller, 4.7-inch HD screen.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 comes with a 1.6 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage (expandable up to 256 GB with microSD), and a 2,350 mAh battery.
On the other hand, the A7 and the A5 share the same specifications except for the battery. Both phones have 1.9 GHz processors, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable storage, but the A7 has a larger, 3,600 mAh battery.
Samsung 2017 Galaxy A Series: Features
The most notable feature of the upcoming Galaxy A Series is its IP68 certification, which provides the devices with water and dust resistance.
Other than that, the budget Galaxy A smartphones are selfie-ready with 16 MP cameras on the front and the rear of both the A7 and A5. The smaller A3 also has respectable optics, with a 13 MP rear camera and a 8 MP for selfies.
Samsung’s latest handset lineup will support Fast Charging on the A7 and A5, while all three phones will come will come with fingerprint scanners and shift to USB-C for connectivity.
Samsung 2017 Galaxy A Series: Price and Availability
The company has yet to disclose the price of the new A7, A5, and A3, but the public can rest assured they will be cheaper than Samsung’s flagship devices (currently above the $700 mark).
Samsung stated the 2017 Galaxy A Series would see a limited launch in Russia this month at first. Other markets around the world will get the latest from Samsung later this year.