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Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 2016 edition are now official: bigger, faster, prettier

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The Samsung Galaxy A (2016) series sports a new glass-and-metal design (Galaxy A7 pictured)

The Samsung Galaxy A (2016) series sports a new glass-and-metal design (Galaxy A7 pictured)


More than a year after the grand unveiling of two phones that marked the beginning of Samsung's turn towards premium designs - the original Galaxy A3 and A5 - we have just been blessed with their A-series sequels to marvel at. The Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 (2016)'s differences with the design of their predecessors are immediately obvious, such as the new camera/LED flash combo shape and positioning, as well as the more rounded corners. 

Galaxy A5 (2016

Galaxy A5 (2016

Furthermore, they feature different materials for the back than the matte metal of their predecessors. In fact, the frame and finish are metal and glass, and are very reminiscent of the Galaxy S6 design language. There is a fingerprint scanner in the home key of both the A5 (2016) and A7 (2016) now, further solidifying the resemblance.

Galaxy A5 and A7 (2016)


The new Galaxy A5 and A7 evidently share similar specs, but differ in their screen sizes - the A7 (2016) comes with a 5.5" Super AMOLED 1080p display, while the A5 shrinks this down to a 5.2-incher of the same resolution. They are both powered by an Exynos 7 Octa processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz, but the A5 makes do with 2 GB RAM, while the A7 boasts 3 GB. A 13 MP/5 MP camera duo will take photos on both, and the phones' main camera unit has now been equipped with optical image stabilization.

Samsung stepped up the battery capacity of the two, compared to their predecessors - the larger A7 gets a generous 3300 mAh juicer, from a 2600 mAh one before, while the A5 (2016) now packs a 2900 mAh battery, which is a far cry from the 2300 mAh unit in the first A5. The phones are slightly thicker now, perhaps to accommodate the bigger batteries, and a tad heavier than before.

Galaxy A3 (2016)


Galaxy A3 (2016)

Galaxy A3 (2016)

As for the compact Galaxy A3 (2016), it sports a 4.7" HD display (up from a 4.5" one), and runs on a quad-core Exynos under the hood, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and paired with 1.5 GB of RAM. The camera is now 13 MP camera, compared to 8 MP in the first A3, while the 5MP snapper at the front stays the same. The battery pack has been given a boost here as well, though, to 2300 mAh from 1900 mAh.


All in all, the 2016 A-series trio sounds like a thoughtful upgrade over their predecessors, though it all depends on the pricing that will be announced. The phones have 16 GB of storage from the get-go, but the internal memory can be expanded with a microSD slot. They all sport Samsung's fast charging tech, too, which, coupled with the much larger batteries, shouldn't leave you longing for more when it comes to endurance. 

The new A3, A5 and A7 will be available mid-December in China, in January globally, and will come in Black Sapphire, Platinum and White Pearl colors for the chassis. Unfortunately, the trio ships with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box initially, instead of Marshmallow. 

The Galaxy A3 (2016) will be priced at €329, while the Galaxy A5 (2016) will cost €399, which in dollar terms should be the same or slightly lower. The A7's pricing is still in limbo, but will likely be below 499 EUR or USD, judging from the price difference between the other two. Any takers?


source: Samsung

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posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:42 1

1. dimas (Posts: 1960; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I thought a3 will be a contender to z3 compact. Could have been a good competition to 4-inch flagships.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:46 14

2. IOSANDROID (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)


Well done samsung hope you do the same with the battery of the s6 and other 2016 smartphones

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:58

4. Carlitos (Posts: 500; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I'm excited for the new battery tech samsung has. Much thinner batteries with more capacity

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:56 1

3. Guaire (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Exynos 7580 actually is an 1.6GHz octacore. So A5 and A7 actually will come out of the box with it not A3.

Assuming that those wouldn't be budget friendly, the chip seems a bit undwhelming for those handsets.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 01:13

23. NonFanBoy (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 May 2015)


I was hoping that the Snapdragon 620 will debut with the 2016 A series but it wasn't to be. An Exynos processor containing Cortex A72 cores would not have been bad either. Huawei already has them in mass production in Kirin 950. They would have been perfect for the A series considering they are not good enough for the flagships. But instead it looks like Samsung went for the Exynos 7580 which I don't think is good enough to be in a premium mid ranger. Hope I am proven wrong though.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:01

5. zeeBomb (Posts: 1834; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Samsung...well done!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:06

6. crm_bstind (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Nov 2015)


Really good work by samsung

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:12

7. waqas.mehmood2 (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Nov 2015)


Great samsung

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:12

8. rishav20193 (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


well.....i hope now fast charging is inbuilt in most phones (atleast midrangers & above), the ultra power saving mode & usb type c too.......

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:13

10. waqas.mehmood2 (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Nov 2015)


Midrangers of samsung also very pricy

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:52

16. rishav20193 (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


i m not talking abt prices at all....i m talking abt providing features which will be welcomed by all......fast charging & UPSM (similar features) should be in all phones as they are very handy features.
with these.....usb type c should also become more common across laptops, desktops, phones & tablets.
i dont know y companies take so long to bring such useful features to their products ?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:13 3

9. waqas.mehmood2 (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Nov 2015)


Hope s7 have minimum 3000mah battery and note 6 3300mah..fingers crossed

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:13

11. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 778; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Well done sammy.. Im planning to buy my sister a midrange phone but the old A5 has HD panel only whick kept me looking for other brands..
Hope sammy can find another design for 2016 flagships, not really different, but something you can distinguish from the midrangers..

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:21

12. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Hopefully the A5 is priced at ~$349

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:29

14. kryme (Posts: 329; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Y'all need to be real about this $350 would be a waste of time for Samsung....

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:28

13. Tommikke (Posts: 26; Member since: 21 Nov 2015)


A5, my new phone!
Does these have fingerprint scanners? Or did i miss it?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 10:46

17. galanoth (Posts: 425; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


A7 and A5 have fingerprint.
A3 does not.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:30

15. cezarmed2 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Looks a lot like the Note 5. It's a pleasant design but it will be expensive.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 10:48

18. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


nice phones, bring the A7 to USA asap samsung

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 12:12

19. DmitrLP (Posts: 289; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


I have the A3 and it´s awesome, the new one looks even better.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 13:12 1

20. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I actually prefer the boxier look of the A series and note 5 over the curvy gs6. Let's hope the GS7 is boxier. They should just use the GS2 as a reference and make the GS7 or GS8 a homage to the living legend the GS2.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 13:17

21. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


galaxy s2 was very nice, ,except for the bump on the back

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 14:59

22. vuyonc (Posts: 990; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I wonder when they'll produce an Xperia Compact/iPhone rival. The Galaxy Alpha sorely needs a successor.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 03:44

24. MartyvH (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


Just 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage are a deal breaker for the A3, plus 4.7inch is getting a bit too big. Combined with the 2300mAh battery it's overshadowed by Sony's Z5 Compact, but it is a low-cost alternative.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 03:56

25. MartyvH (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


Should add that the Z5 Compact's 4.6 inches are already testing my size limit....

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 14:39

26. Freem7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)


In the size comparaison of the A3 and the Alpha the screen of the A3 is bigger than the Alpha, but It should be the same ( 4.7" for both ) so why they are so different in screen size ?
Is there an error in the size of the A3 ??

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 23:02

27. sebstin (Posts: 88; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)


Hope price is $140-$170 for this mid ranger..

posted on 13 Dec 2015, 03:19

28. Samama (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2015)


Everything Awesome...

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