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Samsung has quietly slashed prices on two of the best affordable phones around: the Galaxy A5 (2017) and A3 (2017)

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Samsung has quietly slashed prices on two of the best affordable phones around: the Galaxy A5 (2017) and A3 (2017)

The new Samsung Galaxy A (2017) series are impressive: the phones feature a design that looks and feels almost exactly as fine as the glass and metal one on the flagship S7 family, they sport truly impressive battery life, feature an impressive water-protection rating and run on the latest Samsung Grace user interface.

And now, less than a couple of months after their official launch, Samsung has slashed the prices on both the 5.2-inch Galaxy A5 (2017) and smaller, 4.7-inch A3 (2017).

The new price adds to the value of the already excellent Galaxy A5 (2017)

We noticed that the two phones were priced a bit higher than their peers in the same class: the A5 (2017) price was set at €430 at launch, while the A3 (2017) sold for €330. Now, without any official notice, Samsung has quietly changed those prices: the A5 (2017) full price stands at the much more affordable €370, while the A3 (2017) price is set at €310.

Unfortunately, the Samsung A series are not officially sold in the United States, but they are sold in Europe and many other global markets.

We have detailed reviews on both and we were very happy with the phones. The one more notable drawback of these two phones is the lack of 4K video recording option and the seemingly complete lack of stabilization in videos, that results in very shaky footage that is barely usable. For all else, though, these are some of the best affordable mid-range options on the market and with their even cheaper prices, they are even more alluring now.

With this new price of the A series, we have also revised our reviews and upped the score of the A5 (2017) that is now rated an excellent 8.5 out of 10. Check out our updated and very detailed review here.

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posted on 27 Mar 2017, 07:32

1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Samsung saturates the market with their products.

posted on 27 Mar 2017, 07:37 4

2. nebula (Posts: 879; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

No we talking. That will differentiate A segment and will give upper hand .

posted on 27 Mar 2017, 07:40

3. Tabby_Tiger (Posts: 274; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)

No price drop for A9 and A9 Pro?

posted on 27 Mar 2017, 08:37

4. trojan_horse (Posts: 4569; Member since: 06 May 2016)

I still prefer the 2016 Galaxy A5 over tgis 2017 model.

posted on 27 Mar 2017, 09:03

5. maherk (Posts: 4808; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

They are way overpriced.
Pricing was the main reason why this series has been this successful, and it was a really stupid move for Samsung to increase the prices this year. Here's a comparison between last year's prices ans this year when the A series was released in Lebanon.
A3 2016 $225 vs 2017 $315
A5 2016 $300 vs 2017 $370
A7 2016 $370 vs 2017 $420

It's a massive increase in prices, and I hope Samsung fails with these prices. No one in their right mind would pay $420 for a mid ranger when I can buy a P9, Z5, or an S6 for the price of the A7.

posted on 27 Mar 2017, 15:17 1

6. Mixkhata1 (Posts: 141; Member since: 26 Feb 2017)

Yup. In my hometown, A7 2017 is less 30 bucks cheaper than Galaxy S7. I mean, what kind of pricing is this? Why would i buy A7 when S7 is so close to the price?

posted on 27 Mar 2017, 15:48 2

7. Victor.H (Posts: 761; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Are you sure about those prices of last year's models?

In Europe, the official prices were as follows:
A3 2016: 330 euro
A5 2016: 400 euro

So this year, with the price drop, the prices are actually lower than last year.

posted on 27 Mar 2017, 18:36

8. maherk (Posts: 4808; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Yes, I know many people who went with the A5 and A3 for their cheap prices, even the C series was priced similarly to the A series.
But the 2017 series got a huge bump up in their prices.

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