Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 (2017) specs and redesign: 7 new features to expect

Last year around this time, Samsung introduced the 2016 crop of its A-series phones, and, judging from the influx of leaks and rumors, the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 (2017) may be announced this month, too. The phones are in for a pretty major redesign, it seems, and Samsung will also be bringing features that will be ubiquitous for 2017, like the USB-C port, in order to futureproof the handsets at least until next Christmas. Let's run a quick primer what specs can we expect from each phone in the trio, based on the current leaks, and then we will list all the new features that they seemingly share.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

This is the baby in the A family, which already got its Wi-Fi certification, and has been featured in benchmarks lately, so the launch date isn't far away. It is said to come with a 4.7" HD panel, Exynos 7870 or a midrange Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 12 MP rear, and an 8 MP front-facing cameras - that's all we've heard so far, apart from a fresh tip for a 3000 mAh battery capacity.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

The middle of the A road is usually a pretty well-rounded handset that scores a fine value for the money, and the rumored A5 (2017) isn't far away from that tradition, at least in terms of specs. The phone is expected to sport a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED full HD (1080p) display. On the inside, the smartphone might pack an Exynos 7880 chipset, 3 GB of RAM and 32 gigs of storage, as well as 3300 mAh battery. This one is expected to launch in several colors, one of which seems to be the new and shinier Pearl Black of Samsung.

This is the leader of the A-pack, and it shows in the rumored specs chosen for the handset. The new A7 is expected to sport a 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED display, which would make it larger than the 5.5-inch A7 (2016). That added bulk may have gone into the battery pack, as the A7 (2017) will apparently come with a 3500 mAh or 3600 mAh juicer now, depending on the rumor source. 

The phone is expected to be powered by an Exynos 7880, and have 3 GB RAM, as well as 32 GB/64 GB storage plus memory card slot for its expansion. Both the front and rear cameras were tipped to be with 16 MP resolution, though the main shooter would come with wide f/1.9 aperture.

A finger scanner and USB-C port are par for the course on a phone marked with 2017 in its name, but the most intriguing part of the whole setup, save for the high-res selfie snapper, is that the Galaxy A7 (2017) may sport IP68 certification, marking a first for the A-series of Samsung phones.

Prices and release date

With the purported specs out of the day, there are a couple of underlying design trends and common features that the 2017 edition of the A-series may sport, if we look at the image leaks and feature rumors, which you can preview in the slideshow below. Last year, the A3, A5 and A7 (2016), were announced on December 2, and released January 8, so we can reasonably expect Samsung to announce the 2017 crop by the end of this or next week, with a release by mid-January. As for the price tag, the eventual move from metal to a glass chassis might stick a premium, though historically the A7 has been hovering around the $499 at launch, followed by the A5 at $399, and the A3 at $329, so that might be the yardstick for next year's crop as well.

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Related phones

Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. abhinav.snsahu

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 08, 2015

Real issue with A series is their pricing, I know they are premium devices but still they are way overpriced for specifications offered. Reason why J and On series is more popular in developing markets.

4. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't think they are overpriced. Its $300 cheaper than Samsung's Galaxy S7 during launch. In my country, the S7 was $998 during launch while the A5 and A7 wae $598 was $698 respectively.

5. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

A3 $220 A5 $300 A7 $370 A9 $400 These are the prices of the A series in my country, and along with the C series, they are Samsung's best selling devices here.

9. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Thanks to Amhaz. LOL!

11. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lollll Well, that's the only positive thing I can think off when Amhaz is mentioned, he forces everyone to drop their prices with his cheap deals. Still, I would never ever buy another phone with Amhaz's warranty after one bad experience with it last year, CTC all the way for me.

15. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Same here. My friends and myself have had bad experiences with Amhaz's warranty. I got a better source with an excellent service. friendly tip:

16. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's my guy, been buying my stuff from M7amad since the original Note, bought dozens of gadgets from him in the past 4/5 years when he used to post his ads on elmazad. I was just dumb enough to buy a phone last year with Amhaz's warrant from a local store. What a small world we live in

17. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

lol nice! small world indeed!

19. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

They are premium devices, they're not all about specs.

2. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Let them keep their FM radio and let the Exynos 7880 (and the T860MP4) actually perform like a decent midrange SOC (E7580 was just outrageous for an EUR400 phone). If these remain, I'd actually try to swallow the sour pill that is the price, as thie A5'17 wouls be my ideal phone. Screw these up and Redmi Note 4 here I come.

8. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I'm probably getting the A5 as well to replace my Xperia Z because it has IP68 + FM. I'd rather wait and get the S8, but no FM radio is still a dealbreaker for me... Anyways, it looks like the A5 will be a great value for money phone, perfect for me as a back-up phone and to bridge the gap until the next flagship with IP68 and FM will be announced (probably the G6!). I'm curious about the 7880 though.

3. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree on the A3, it needs to be about $50 less. But JMO the other two are priced fine.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Look nice! The only downside is, Samsung made to many Galaxy branded devices, which all have that same look with slight difference. But the overall look now to me is boring and stale, because it has been used since the S6. I realize its their signature look and style for the Galaxy line, and it would have been fine is they limited the look to just 3 phones. They could have just had the 3 A models, the S and the Note and that would have been perfect. Good job overall. Should be appealing to the masses.

7. civicsr2cool

Posts: 272; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

They need to make an A1 or A2 but with A5 internals.. 4.7+" is too big.

10. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

More overpriced middle of the road phones. Look at ZTE Axon 7 and Oneplus 3T. Much better value than the Samsungs.

14. sebstin

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Too good... but too bad prices and no US releases!!?!

18. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

All of them will sport Exynos 7870 SoC. there are no chances for E7880. In a3 it will be clocked at 1,4GHz, in A5 and A7 at 1,8GHz.

20. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

The A series are an A+

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