Samsung’s Early Year Redemption – the A Series

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Samsung is not likely to go down despite the Galaxy Note 7 debacle in 2016. In fact, they are even releasing three smartphones this early 2017. While neither is the much rumored Galaxy S8, these gizmos boost great mid range specs.

We know people are getting impatient with the release of Galaxy S8. Yet these three are also worth a look. The Galaxy A (2017) smartphones have all sleek metal frames with features nothing to sneeze about. These are also inspired by Samsung Galaxy S7, hence, the A series is a more affordable choice if you go for the design. Available in four colors – Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist or Peach Cloud, expect these smartphones to be at your disposal in the coming months.

The lineup includes the respective 2017 versions of A3, A5 and A7, all sporting jaw-dropping upgrades from their counterparts last year. All three have AMOLED screen, USB-C type charging ports and are water and dust resistant. Moreover, these smartphones have Samsung Galaxy S7’s 3D glass panel on the back and the fingerprint scanner on the home button.

The A Series also had major upgrades in hardware department. The screen resolution of  A5 and A7 is at a whopping 1080p, while the A3 is set at 720p. Fast charging (the trademark of Galaxy S7) is now present to the first two smartphones. Talk about some high-end specs on midrange phones, don’t expect much on the software component since these have a maximum of 32GB of internal memory and an octa-core 1.9 GHz processor.

Can’t afford a Samsung Galaxy S7? Check if these smartphones suit your taste.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) Specs

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Samsung Galaxy A7 Specs
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
  • 9GHz Exynos 7880 octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage, expandable up to 256GB using microSD
  • MST technology (Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice
  • 16-megapixel CMOS rear camera, f/1.9 aperture, LED flash
  • 16-megapixel front camera
  • LTE Cat.6
  • IP68 certification
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+
  • Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall, Fingerprint scanner, Barometer
  • USB Type-C, NFC (UICC, eSE)
  • Dimensions: 156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm
  • 3,600 mAh, fast-charging

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Specs

(2017)
Samsung Galaxy A5
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Dual SIM support option
  • 2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
  • 9GHz Exynos 7880 octa-core processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB storage, expandable via microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 16-megapixel front camera
  • LTE Cat.6
  • IP68 certification
  • USB Type-C
  • NFC (UICC, eSE)
  • Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall
  • Fingerprint scanner, Barometer
  • Samsung Pay
  • Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm
  • 3,000 mAh, fast charging

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Specs

(2017)
Samsung Galaxy A3
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (option)
  • 7-inch HD Super AMOLED Screen, 1280 x 720 pixel resolution
  • 6GHz octa-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD slotx
  • IP68 certification
  • HSPA+, LTE Cat.6
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, f/1.9 aperture, LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB Type-C, NFC
  • Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light
  • S-Voice, Samsung Pay
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Dimensions: 135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm
  • 2,350 mAh battery

Samsung’s still on a roll

Despite the massive backlash, the South Korean smartphone giant still enjoyed growth in the midst of holiday rush last year. Reports indicated that the stellar Galaxy S7 series was able to fend off the iPhone 7 to take advantage of Note 7 disaster. According to Flurry Analytics, the number of activations from Samsung phones actually grew by 1% as compared to 2015 figures. Maybe iPhone 7 is too boring for some users, or maybe Samsung fans still have faith in the company after all.

“At Samsung, we are always trying to ensure our customers have the most advanced products on the market,” says Samsung’s DJ Koh.

“The latest Galaxy A series is a testament to this. We integrated our unique approach to design as well as the features Galaxy customers have come to love to provide added performance without compromising on style” he added.

Some might even argue that these features aren’t meant for midrange phones anymore. Perhaps this is Samsung trying to redeem itself. Whatever their motive is, they are bound to a good start. The 2017 edition of the Galaxy line will be available first in Russia. Then the sale will expand to other European markets. The A3 costs around $370 and the Galaxy A5, $490. The pricing of Galaxy A7 will be disclosed later, but is estimated to be around $610.

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