Beginning the new year on a good note, Samsung just announced the latest Galaxy A series, including the 5.7″ A7, 5.2″ A5, and 4.7″ A3 smartphones.
Design of the new devices is quite similar with the only difference visible in Screen sizes. Samsung has had a bad reputation when it came to their non-flagship devices, but that completely changed with the A series when it first came out. Design-wise the A series(2017) looks stunning with a front and back glass design, which has recently become a staple for Samsung. The devices boast a rounded design which should effectively result in better handling. The new A series comes in 4 colors namely Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud. These OEMs try to be so aggressively innovative when it comes to color names that they sometimes forget about the basic necessity, Logic.
First, let’s talk about the features common to all three devices. We have IP68 water and dust resistance which was limited to only the Samsung Flagships until now. All of them come with android 6.0 marshmallow out-of-the-box and while Nougat would’ve been appreciated, Marshmallow is what we get. Next, we have Micro-SD card expansion, and most importantly a 3.5mm audio jack.
The A7 and A5 are quite similar with minor differences. The A7 sports a 5.7″ Full HD Super AMOLED display compared to a smaller 5.2″ display on the A5. A 1.9” Octa-core Exynos 788o CPU sits at the heart of the two devices supported by 3GB of RAM. They both sports similar 16MP front and back cameras at a bright F/1.9 aperture. Both have an on-device memory of 32GB. The A7 has a large 3600mAh battery and the A5 has a smaller 3000mAh battery and both these devices support fast charging. Although there is a significant difference in battery capacities, their battery lives will be quite similar due to the screen size differences.
In the case of A3 Samsung dropped a lot of things along with the Screen size. The 4.7” A3 sports the Same Super AMOLED display but at a lower 720p resolution. It has a slightly slower 1.6GHz octa-core CPU and the cameras are also of comparably lower resolution – 13MP at the back and 8MP at the front with F/1.9 apertures. RAM falls from 3GB to 2GB and internal storage is halved at 16GB. The Battery also loses some soul with a much smaller 2350mAh capacity and the absence of Fast charging. The trend that has made power proportional to size is really annoying, but that is quite visible in the A3. It has become almost impossible to find a strong performing device that has a small footprint.
- The devices have a USB-C port on the bottom and although we have access to limited product images, it seems like the mysterious grills on the left side of the device are speakers. It’s an unusual placement for the speaker grill, but on second thoughts it’s a tat bit better than having a bottom firing speaker. The Galaxy A series(2017) will be available in Russia in early-January and will be expanded to global markets soon.