Poll results: Do you think that the new Galaxy A (2016) series warrant their pricing?
The new A3, A5 and A7 (2016) by Samsung boast prices that are a tad higher than the original A-series at launch, but the phones also sport much upgraded hardware and a new exterior, too. Given the handsets you can currently get in the $300-$500 range, we asked you whether you think that the A3, A5 and A7 (2016) are charging a "Samsung premium," or if you consider their pricing reasonable for what they offer. It turns out that just a quarter of our 1120 respondents consider the new A-series reasonably priced. The rest are either outright dismissive (46%), or will take the wait-and-see approach until the first reviews hit the Web.
Samsung announced its new midrange warriors without much fanfare yesterday, but that's not because the A3, A5 and A7 (2016) trio is lacking in virtues. The phones flaunt a brand new for the A-series glass design on a metal frame, reminiscing of the Galaxy S6 or Note 5. The other welcome change they took from the Note 5 are the extremely narrow side bezels, making the phones' one-handed operation easier. Samsung didn't stop here, though, and gave the new A-series much improved cameras, bigger batteries, fast charging, new processors, finger scanners, and updated screen characteristics, when compared to their predecessors.
The European pricing for the 2016 edition of the A3, A5 and A7 has already been revealed by Samsung Netherlands. Given the USD/EUR exchange rate now, it should relay to an equivalent or slightly lower pricing in the US, if and when the phones launch here. The Galaxy A3 (2016) will cost about €329 at launch, the A5 (2016) will be pegged at €399, while the Galaxy A7 pricing is yet to be disclosed for any market, but will likely be below 499 EUR or USD, considering the differential from the A3 to A5.