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

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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27 Comments

1. dimas

Posts: 3240; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

2. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

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

4. Carlitos

Posts: 628; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

3. Guaire

Posts: 850; Member since: Oct 15, 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.

23. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 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.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Samsung...well done!

6. crm_bstind

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 27, 2015

Really good work by samsung

7. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Great samsung

8. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

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

10. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Midrangers of samsung also very pricy

16. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 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 ?

9. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

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

11. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 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..

12. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Hopefully the A5 is priced at ~$349

14. kryme

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

13. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

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

17. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

A7 and A5 have fingerprint. A3 does not.

15. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

18. Rocket

Posts: 613; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

nice phones, bring the A7 to USA asap samsung

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

21. Rocket

Posts: 613; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

22. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

24. MartyvH

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 01, 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.

25. MartyvH

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

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

26. Freem7

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 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 ??

27. sebstin

Posts: 164; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

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

28. Samama

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2015

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