Samsung Galaxy A7 vs A5 vs A3 (2016): specs comparison


The new, 2016 edition of the Samsung's mainstream Galaxy A series has just made its official debut: the new phones are the 5.5" Galaxy A7 (2016), the 5.2" Galaxy A5 (2016), and the 4.7" Galaxy A3 (2016).

This represents an interesting change over last year's A series and their screen sizes, as well as resolutions. Here is how Samsung has changed the display sizes:

  • Galaxy A7 (2016 vs 2015): 5.5" Super AMOLED displays with 1080 x 1920-pixel resolutions on both
  • Galaxy A5 (2016 vs 2015): 5.2" vs 5.0" Super AMOLED displays with 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution on the 2016 model and 720 x 1280-pixel resolution on the 2015 model
  • Galaxy A3 (2016 vs 2015): 4.7" vs 4.5" Super AMOLED displays with 720 x 1280-pixel resolution on the 2016 model and 540 x 960-pixel resolution on the 2015 model
This is quite a significant change for the more affordable Galaxy A5 and A3 models that brings them up to date, as keeping last year's resolutions would have definitely been a critical flaw in today's market.

The other major change is that now all three new phones come with 13-megapixel rear-facing cameras and 5-megapixel selfie cameras, both wide-aperture, f/1.9 lenses. We do suspect that there will be differences in the actual image quality, but it would be interesting to see whether that's in fact true and to what extent.

The other two key areas to look for are processors: the system chips inside the new, 2016 Galaxy A series have been updated, and battery sizes vary between models, so that the A7 has the larger battery (and possibly, the best battery life of the trio). For the rest of the specs and all the details, take a look at the chart below.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) vs Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

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Display

Size

5.5 inches
5.2 inches
4.7 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

74.27 %
72.39 %
69.30 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 8939
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 8939
Samsung Exynos 7 Quad 7578

Processor

Octa-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 28 nm
Octa-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 28 nm
Quad-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 405
Adreno 405
Mali-T720 MP2

RAM

3GB
2GB
1.5GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

16GB
16GB
16GB

OS

Android (5.1 Lollipop)
Android (5.1 Lollipop)
Android (7.0 Nougat, 5.1 Lollipop)

Battery

Capacity

3300 mAh
2900 mAh
2300 mAh

Charging

Fast charging
Fast charging
 

Talk time (3G)

17.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
16.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)

Internet use

3G: 14 hours; LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 17 hours
 
 

Music playback

78.00 hours
75.00 hours
58.00 hours

Video playback

15.00 hours
14.00 hours
14.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 MP (OIS, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
13 MP (OIS, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
13 MP (Autofocus)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm
Aperture size: F1.9

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Features

Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling
Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 MP
5 MP
5 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
 
 

Design

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches (151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm)
5.70 x 2.80 x 0.29 inches (144.8 x 71 x 7.3 mm)
5.30 x 2.57 x 0.29 inches (134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm)

Weight

5.96 oz
5.47 oz
4.66 oz

169.0 g
155.0 g
132.0 g

Materials

 
 
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
 

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
 
Touch sensitive control keys


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Galaxy A7 (2016)
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Galaxy A5 (2016)
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Galaxy A3
  • Display 4.5 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
    1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1900 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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