Samsung’s Galaxy series is one of the most recognizable smartphones in the world. It would be safe to assume that everyone who has at least minimal interest in mobile technologies has heard about Galaxy handsets or maybe even owned one. The lineup consists of a few families of devices, out of which the most popular are the premium Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phablet lineup. Last year Samsung decided to expand its portfolio even more and introduced a new Galaxy A series including Galaxy A5 and A3. Today, the company launched the last and the largest of the three A Series smartphones – the Galaxy A7.
Meet the new Samsung Galaxy A7
Just like its two siblings, the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, the Samsung Galaxy A7 features metal body with thin 6.3 mm profile and pretty attractive design that even a premium smartphone wouldn’t be ashamed of. When it comes to hardware, though, it becomes clear that the A7 is a mid-range phone. The handset sports a large 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution and is powered, depending on the version, either by a 1.8GHz + 1.3GHz octa-core combo (LTE model) or 1.5GHz + 1.0GHz octa-core chip (3G+LTE dual SIM model).
The Galaxy A7 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 64GB via microSD slot and is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a respectable 5-megapixel front-facing sensor with ‘Ultra Wide Shot’ and ‘Auto Selfie’ modes. Samsung claims that the battery is “long-lasting”; however, the capacity of 2,600 mAh paired with a 5.5-inch screen doesn’t seem like a very impressive combination. The A7 will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat on board, which may be a bit of a disappointment for those who hoped for 5.0 Lollipop.
Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t reveal anything else besides the A7’s key specs, which means that we don’t know when and where the phone will be released first, or how much it will cost. Given the specs, we would guess that emerging markets are where the device will debut in the beginning. Pricing also remains unknown for now. Earlier rumors suggested that the Galaxy A7 could costs between $450 and $500 for unlocked device, which sounds about right for a device of this class. Hopefully, we will learn all the missing facts in the days to come.