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Samsung Galaxy A (2017) series introduced with water resistance design, Android Marshmallow

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) vs Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) vs Galaxy A5 (2017)


Samsung officially unveiled its new Galaxy A series smartphones for 2017, the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7. All three will be available in Russia beginning early January and will be expanded to global markets in the coming weeks.

As far as pricing goes, Samsung hasn't announced anything related to the cost of these smartphones, but previous reports claim the Galaxy A5 (2017) will be available for $378, while the Galaxy A7 (2017) should hit the shelves for $424.

We can safely assume that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will be much cheaper than the other two phones. Furthermore, it's worth noting that each of these new smartphones will be available in four color options: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.

Moving on to actual specs, the less-featured of the three, the Galaxy A3 (2017) sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with HD (720p resolution, along with fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port.

Hardware-wise, the Galaxy A3 (2017) comes equipped with a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable memory (up to 256GB). The smartphone is powered by a 2,350 mAh battery and packs a 13-megapixel rear camera, as well as a secondary 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Next in line, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features a larger 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. There's also a 16-megapixel camera on the back, along with a no less impressive 16-megapixel camera in the front, both featuring f/1.9 aperture.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)


The Galaxy A5 (2017) has 1.9GHz octa-core processor at its heart, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage (expandable up to 256GB). It's also powered by a larger 3,000 mAh battery, and, just like the Galaxy A3 (2017) features fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port.

Last but not least, Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is the most powerful of the three, hence the higher price. The phone boasts a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD (1080p) resolution and features the same camera configuration as the Galaxy A5 (16-megapixel rear + 16-megapixel front camera).

It's got a 1.9GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage (up to 256GB), but a larger 3,600 mAh battery. A fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port are included as well.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) benefit from fast charging technology, and all three features IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. They come with premium metal frame and 3D glass back.

Sadly, the Galaxy A (2017) series phones ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system onboard. Hopefully, Samsung will deliver Android Nougat updates to all three handsets in the future.



source: Samsung

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posted on 02 Jan 2017, 03:44 4

1. kumarabhishek591 (Posts: 106; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


A(2107)
Well thats 90 years in advance. Drunk due to new year?

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 03:44

2. pecapello (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


So it's not packing the new Exynos 7880 ? Because this processor was expected to be the one powering the new A series, but the 1.9GHz clock is higher than the 1.7GHz (or 1.8GHz, cant remember right now) supported by the 7880.

I'll actually be happy if it comes out to be true, once the exynos 7880 is build on the 28nm factor.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 06:50

5. WPX00 (Posts: 380; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Huh? You do know the 7880 is an unannounced model at this point in time. The rumored 1.8GHz clock speed was never confirmed by Samsung.

And I'm not sure I understand your last statement, but it appears that you're wishing for the 7880 to be built on 28nm? That would make it significantly less efficient.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 07:09

6. pecapello (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


Hey my friend WPX00,

I said that based on various rumors like this one from gsmarena:
gsmarena.com/samsung_exynos_7650_and_7880_may_comb​at_snapdragon_620_next_year-news-14551.php

And in my last sentence I ment that if the clock of the A series processor is 1.9GHz, then there would be hope that they wouldn't be built on 28nm, but on a better efficient standard like the last year's 14nm but I guess that's unlikely to happen.

Happy new year.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 07:26 1

7. pecapello (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


Look what I just found: according to this article from gsmarena (gsmarena.com/samsung_unveils_galaxy_a3_2017_a5_20​17_and_a7_2017-news-22482.php) the A7 and A5 will be powered by the Exynos 7870, which based on the official Samsung website (http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/Exy​nos/m/solution/mod_ap/7870/) is actually build on 14nm !

I hope it comes out to be true so I can have an A5 as a backup phone.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 07:48

8. may_czos (Posts: 817; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


It does have Exynos 7880 but it turned out to be something completely different than we all thought. It doesn't have A72 cores or Mali-T860MP4 GPU. E7880 has 8xA53 cores clocked at 1,88GHz, Mali-T830MP3 at 950MHz (about 40% faster than Adreno 506) and was built in 14nm process.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 08:47

10. Xperia14 (Posts: 657; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


It's the 7880 according to gsmarena.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 04:58 2

3. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


If last years models are anything to go by they'll get Nougat in June/July

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 06:24 1

4. adi90 (Posts: 180; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)


A 2017 models are much better than A 2016 models. I hope they sell at reasonable price.

I am really looking forward to 2017. In premium category , due to competition from Samsung , Apple is trying to provide a real VFM iPhone after many years.

Same goes for Samsung in budget and middle segment. Competition from Chinese OEM like xiaomi, huwaei, Asus has forced Samsung to come out of sleep.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 08:39

9. dimas (Posts: 2387; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Side speakers, 2d front and back glass, this might be a preview of what they're going to do with the galaxy s8. 2017 a series design is just as premium feeling as s7 today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxEe1GNRaTE

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 10:37 1

12. Clars123 (Posts: 828; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


I think it's an indicator that they'll move to a new design alltogether for the S8 as we saw with the 2015 Galaxy A and S7

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 10:17

11. Doakie (Posts: 2125; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Hell that A7 sound like it would be totally usable as a daily driver. Sort of want.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 11:31 2

13. gdawilson (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


Marshmallow? Seriously?

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 12:55

14. dmitrilp_ (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Sep 2016)


They sound beautiful, but i'll wait for the boss, the S8.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 14:45

15. irossdrummer (Posts: 206; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


That is a pretty weird speaker placement I'll have to say, other than that, it's a pretty cool set of phones

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 15:11

16. dmh0284 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


How will the A7 compare (CPU/Cameras) to the Exynos version of the Note 5? Also, how accurate are the dimensions and screen-to-body ratio?

Looks to be a little bit bigger (thickness and bezels) with lower screen-to-body percentage, but has water resistance and microSD support, while retaining the flat screen that I love about the Note 5.

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 07:34 1

19. mobilefuture (Posts: 220; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


How is that even affordable? Overpriced samsung is overpriced

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 17:36 1

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 11679; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


720p is premium specs now? lol.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 20:10 1

24. epdm2be (Posts: 572; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


The title should be "near premium specs and features at an inflated price"

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