When the Galaxy Alpha arrived as a more modestly spec’d yet featuring premium styling companion to the Galaxy S5, nothing indicated that Samsung was planning to introduce a new line of phones. Latest findings, however, clearly suggest that the Galaxy Alpha was just the first member of Samsung’s new metal-clad A series. Apparently, the new lineup will consist of at least three more devices – the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, two of which (A3 and A7) have just leaked out revealing some interesting details regarding specs and pricing.
Samsung Galaxy A7 vs. Galaxy A3
Both, the Galaxy A3 and A7 will allegedly sport a metal rim, like the Galaxy Alpha, but will offer slightly different specifications covering the whole mid tier spectrum. The Samsung Galaxy A3, which just got certified by TENAA (Chinese counterpart of the FCC), fits closest to the lower-end sector. Thanks to a leaked document we know that the phone has a 4-52-inch OLED display with not too impressive qHD (540×960 pixels) resolution and is powered by a 1.2GHZ quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with Adreno 306 GPU.
The device will sport 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory expandable up to 64GB via microSD slot and also will be equipped with a pretty decent 8-megapixel rear camera as well as a 5-megapixel user-facing shooter – a great option for selfie enthusiasts. All the above will be packed into a metal-clad body that measures 130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9mm and weighs in at 112 grams. The document from TENAA mentions several variants of the phone which confirms that the handset will go on sale in multiple regions. The mid-range Galaxy A3 will arrive with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board.
The Galaxy A7, on the other hand, is still covered in a shroud of mystery. All we have managed to learn about the device so far is limited basically to the size of its screen. The A7 will supposedly boast 5.5-inch display, possibly with HD 720p resolution, though the last bit hasn’t been confirmed by any reliable source so far. You can also expect LTE connectivity, which has become a standard feature in mid-range phones, and support for dual SIM.
Since both, the A3 and A7, are obviously not as premium as the Alpha, they are expected to come with more affordable pricing. According to the latest rumors, the A3 could be priced at $350 to $400, whereas the higher-end A7 is said to cost $450 to $500 outright. The A3 most likely will roll out globally, while the A7 allegedly will be available only in “select countries.”
That’s an interesting decision given that the Samsung Galaxy A7 appears to be a pretty decent phone. It’s possible that Samsung is not quite sure about A7’s potential and wants to play it safe or, on the contrary, is afraid that the device could become too much of a competition to the Alpha. Whatever the case, we’ll probably hear again about both the Galaxy A3 and A7 soon as the handsets are expected to go official by the end of this month and when they do, we will let you know for sure.