Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 & A7 (2016) Announced: Bigger, Faster, More Premium

Left to right: new Galaxy A3, A5 & A7
Left to right: new Galaxy A3, A5 & A7

Samsung is back with its latest set of devices, those being the long awaited successors to the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, three devices that marked a change in Samsung’s design philosophies.



All three devices have remarkably similar designs, aside from the overall size which increases gradually with each model – The A3 being the smallest and the A7 the largest. The design is very reminiscent of the one seen on the Galaxy S6, with the rear and front panels being made from glass and the frame being made from aluminium, which, overall, makes the devices look much more sophisticated and high quality than last years models, which featured a matte metal finish on the rear and frame. The devices will be made available in three colour options: Champagne Gold, Pearl White and Midnight Black. The Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 weigh in at 132g, 155g and 172g respectively and all are 7.3mm thick, which is a tad thicker than last years models.



Moving on to specs, the Galaxy A3 is the lower end model. It features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display, with a 720x1280p resolution and a pixel density of 312ppi. On the inside, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 is featured, clocked at 1.5GHz and coupled with the Adreno 306 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. As well as this, 16GB of internal storage is also available, though this can be expanded via microSD. Other features include Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, 4G LTE and a non-removable 2300mAh battery to keep the lights on.

Next up is the Galaxy A5, which comes with some slight improvements over the A3. This devices features a larger 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, with a 1080x1920p resolution (Full-HD) and a pixel density of 424ppi. On the inside, one of Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos processors is featured and clocked at 1.6GHz, as well as 2GB of RAM. Alongside this, 16GB of internal storage is featured, which, once again, is expandable via microSD. Other features include Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, 4G LTE, a fingerprint scanner and a non-removable 2900mAh battery. The fact that the Galaxy A5 and A7 feature fingerprint scanners suggests that many of its future devices will also feature them, possibly even the low-end Galaxy J series.

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The final device from today’s lineup is the Galaxy A7, the largest and most expensive model. It features a large 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with 1080x1920p resolution and a pixel density of 401ppi. On the inside, the same octa-core processor seen in the A5 is featured alongside a generous 3GB of RAM. Like both other models, 16GB of storage is available, which can also be expanded via microSD. Other features include Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, a fingerprint scanner, as mentioned above, and a large 3300mAh battery.

Regarding the cameras, all three devices feature the same 13MP camera on the rear and the same 5MP selfie sensor on the front. Accompanying the rear sensor is OIS and an LED flash.

Release and Pricing

Finally, the devices come running Android 5.1 Lollipop, which, unfortunately, isn’t the latest version. On top of this is Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Expect all three devices to be made available by the end of the month, most likely before Christmas so the company can make the most of the holiday season. Regarding the price,the Galaxy A3 starts at €329 and the Galaxy A5 starts at €399. The price of the A7 hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, but expect the pricing to be around €469.

Now that the new lineup is official, are there any takers? Comment your thoughts down below.

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