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

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

Display

Display size

5.5 inches
5.2 inches
4.7 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density

401 ppi
424 ppi
312 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

74.27 %
72.39 %
69.30 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

13 megapixels
13 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Autofocus

Specifications

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

Flash

LED
LED
LED

Software Features

Touch to focus, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Night mode, Effects
Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, HDR, Panorama
Touch to focus, Self-timer, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Effects

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 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

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 (169 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.66 oz (132 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

 
 
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
 

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
 
Touch sensitive control keys

Hardware & Performance

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

3 GB
2 GB
1.5 GB LPDDR3

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3300 mAh
2900 mAh
2300 mAh

Talk time (3G)

17.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
16.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 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

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20

LTE (TDD)

Bands 40
Bands 40
Bands 40

UMTS

850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data

LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share, MHL
Wireless screen share


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22 Comments

1. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Awesome phones

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

awesome prices

10. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

No removable battery = FAIL

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

thin, compact, big battery and everything else are good except it's heavier.

2. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Yes they're. I will get A5 soon ;)

4. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

they're almost the same, really. A3 is obviously the budget version and A5/7 come down to screen size/battery size

6. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

A5 - Bigger & better screen (1920×1080, 5.2") - Much faster prosecessor (Exynos 7, 1.6 GHz, Octacore) - Better camera (OIS & F1.9) - Fingerprint scanner - Much larger battery (2900 mAh vs 2300 mAh)

5. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

A5 looks like the best deal

12. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

No one of them is ... Crappy GPU is on board .. Mali-T720 MP2 The old Snapdragon 615 with Adreno 405 is a better performer than this heap of processing power and no graphics bull

16. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

yeah it would have been only if the internal storage was 32 GB.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

A5 the whole package. Gimme it to Canada asap

8. ryq24

Posts: 874; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Does the A5 and A7 have tap to wake feature?

9. Ajlal3

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

LOL another one of samsungs lagdroids. Poor specs and overpriced. Apple is the best

11. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The only thing that Apple is "best" at is raping it's stupid customers.

13. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

First they are not flagships , they are not meant to compete with iPhones .. They are "Mid range" .. Secondly the old A Series didn't lag how come the more powerful series will do ?

14. shinywindow unregistered

Hi troll, your mom is overpriced. Bahhhhhhhhh!!

17. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Shinywindow. I think you are confused in life right? Why insult one's family just because of a gadget? Or because you worship Apple and the other worships Samsung? You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. WooooooooooooooooShameeeeeeeeeeee

19. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

"poor specs and overpriced". Isn't that the definition of Apple?

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But continues to destroy 99% of phones in terms of speed. Whoops.

15. Ajlal3

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Shinywindow please dont comment on one's family

18. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

GUY, MARK MY WORDS OF PREDICTION : ...Galaxy S7: 5.2" Screen, 4GB RAM, SD Card support, 20mp, 1/2" sensor size, f/1.8 Aperture, 3000mah battery. ...Galaxy S7 EDGE: 5.7" screen, 4GB RAM, SD Card support, 20mp Camera, 1/2" BRITECELL Sensor, f/1.8 Aperture, 3500mah battery.

20. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I wish they didn't have the word "Samsung" at the top so the top bezels could be shorter.

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