Samsung has finally announced its ‘Practical’ 2017 A-series handsets for global markets. Apart from an improved design, the 2017 A series phones include IP68 water resistance, Samsung’s Always On display, and finally make the switch to the USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
Like always, Samsung is using Metal and Glass construction for its latest A series phones. The glass layered on top of high contrast AMOLED screens is a ‘3D glass’ that tapers from all four sides, thus lending it an elegant feel very noticeable to your fingers. The rear glass is also curved in the flagship S Series fashion. Another notable change is the speaker placement on the right side-edge.
All the three handsets have fingerprint sensor clubbed with the home button and are running Android 6.0.6 Marshmallow based OS. Other similarities include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v 4.2, ANT+, USB Type-C,NFC (UICC, eSE), MicroSD card support, fast charging, and Cat 6 4G LTE.
“At Samsung, we are always trying to ensure our customers have the most advanced products on the market,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “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.”
The Galaxy A3 (2017) occupies the lowest rung of the ladder. It has a 4.7-inch HD display and is powered by 1.6 GHz Octa Core processor aided with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (which is so not 2017!). The handset also includes a 13MP shooter on the rear with f/1.9 aperture optics, an 8MP front camera, and a 2350mAh battery.
The Galaxy A5 (2017) has a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 16MP shooters on front and rear, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3000mAh battery.
The Galaxy A7 (2017), on the other hand, includes a 5.7-inch display and is powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core chip. It manages to house a 3600mAh battery in its 7.6mm slim body.
Galaxy A-Series (2017) Specifications
|Model||Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)||Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)||Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)|
|Display||5.7-Inch, Full HD, 3D Glass||5.2-Inch, Full HD, 3D Glass||4.7-Inch, HD, 3D Glass|
|Processor||1.9GHz Octa-Core||1.9GHz Octa-Core||1.6GHz Octa-core|
|Internal Storage||32GB, 256GB MicroSD support||32GB, 256GB MicroSD support||16GB, 256GB MicroSD support|
|Software||Android 6.0.6 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.6 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.6 Marshmallow|
|Dimensions||156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9mm||146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9mm||135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9mm|
|Battery||3600mAh, Fast charging||3000mAh, Fast charging||2350mAh, Fast charging|
|Others||4G LTE, Fingerprint sensor, Dual Band WiFi, OTG, Type-C port, NFC||4G LTE, Fingerprint sensor, Dual Band WiFi, OTG, Type-C port, NFC||4G LTE, Fingerprint sensor, Dual Band WiFi, OTG, Type-C port, NFC|
|Price||To be announced||To be announced||To be announced|
The Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017) will be available in four stylish colors including Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.