Over a year ago Samsung made official the first two members of its new Galaxy A series and later two more devices joined the team. The handsets, which combine premium design with mid-range components, were warmly welcomed by all those who were tired of plastic, cheap-looking phones yet didn’t want to spend a fortune on high-end devices. Judging by the amount of leaks and rumors that surfaced recently and mentioned new Galaxy A phones, it was obvious that follow-up devices are not far away. Indeed, earlier today Samsung announced the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 Edition smartphones.
The new Samsung Galaxy A smartphones are faster, better and prettier
All three phones come not only with upgraded hardware but also improved design. For starters, Samsung ditched the matte metal back and instead opted for metal frames and glass finish available in Black Sapphire, Platinum and White Pearl color options. Moreover, the devices have more rounded corners than the predecessors which makes them look more like the Galaxy S6. They are also slightly thicker and heavier, probably because the batteries are larger.
The Galaxy A7 is the biggest and most advanced of the trio. The phone sports a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and is powered by an octa-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz. The chip is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and there is 16GB of storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD slot. The handset is also equipped with a 13-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. Other key features include a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging, NFC, LTE Cat. 6 and a number of sensors including fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy A5 is smaller and steps down a notch in terms of hardware but still shares many specs with its larger brother. The screen measures 5.2 inches diagonally but resolution is the same as the A7 which means that pixel density will be higher. Under the hood the phone also has a 1.6GHz processor but in this case the chip is paired with 2GB of RAM. The last difference is the battery which is a 2900mAh unit. Other than that, the Galaxy A5 is the same as the A7.
Last but not least, there is the Galaxy A3. Compared to the other two, the A3 with its 4.3-inch 720p display is a pretty compact offering. The phone comes with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, LTE Cat. 4 and 2300mAh battery with no support for fast charging. Fingerprint scanner is not present either. Other features such as camera setup and internal memory are the same as the A5 and A7. All three phones will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop on board.
The Samsung Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 Edition will hit the stores in mid-December and the first market to get the phones is China. However, Samsung is planning to offer the phones globally with first sales outside of China planned for early 2016. Pricing is unknown for now, but certainly all three devices will be more affordable than the Galaxy S6.