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Samsung Galaxy A series goes on sale ahead of schedule

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Samsung kicked off this year’s smartphone announcements by introducing the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) earlier this month. Disappointingly, the new A series doesn’t appear as though it’ll reach the United States any time soon, so Stateside fans of the waterproof trio will have to explore other routes to ownership. Slated reach several Asian markets by the end of this month, Sammy also noted that Europe-based consumers would have to wait until February. Ahead of schedule, though, the A series models are already on sale in Russia through several outlets, suggesting that other confirmed sales locations could also receive the handsets sooner than anticipated.

 
Fans of powerful Samsung devices will surely be waiting on the Galaxy S8, which probably won’t rear its head for a couple of months yet. Still the 2017 editions of the A3, A5 and A7 offer much besides their water-and-dust-repelling exteriors, with the larger A7 touting a 5.7-inch full-HD display. Both the A5 and A7, with their Exynos 7880 processors and 3 gigs of RAM each, are a cut above the A3 with its Exynos 7870 and 2 GB RAM combo. Nevertheless, they’re all equipped with fingerprint sensors and expandable storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size.

In Russia, the A3 (2017) costs 22,990 rubles ($387) while the A5 (2017) retails at 27,990 rubles ($471). The A7 (2017), meanwhile, is priced at 32990 rubles, which translates to around $555 at the current exchange. While not overly expensive, those looking at the A7 may instead turn to some of last year’s flagships — many of which are more powerful and unlike the Marshmallow-filled A series, offer the more contemporary Android 7 Nougat.

At this time, the devices are up for pre-order in the United Kingdom but not yet on sale. We’ll keep you posted with any further release happenings, so stay tuned!

Samsung Announces Galaxy A 2017 Series

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Samsung officially unveiled its new Galaxy A series smartphones for 2017, the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7. All three will be available in Russia beginning early January and will be expanded to global markets in the coming weeks.

As far as pricing goes, Samsung hasn’t announced anything related to the cost of these smartphones, but previous reports claim the Galaxy A5 (2017) will be available for $378, while the Galaxy A7 (2017) should hit the shelves for $424.

We can safely assume that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will be much cheaper than the other two phones. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that each of these new smartphones will be available in four color options: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.

Moving on to actual specs, the less-featured of the three, the Galaxy A3 (2017) sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with HD (720p resolution, along with fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port.

Hardware-wise, the Galaxy A3 (2017) comes equipped with a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable memory (up to 256GB). The smartphone is powered by a 2,350 mAh battery and packs a 13-megapixel rear camera, as well as a secondary 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Next in line, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features a larger 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. There’s also a 16-megapixel camera on the back, along with a no less impressive 16-megapixel camera in the front, both featuring f/1.9 aperture.

 

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

The Galaxy A5 (2017) has 1.9GHz octa-core processor at its heart, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage (expandable up to 256GB). It’s also powered by a larger 3,000 mAh battery, and, just like the Galaxy A3 (2017) features fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port.

Last but not least, Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is the most powerful of the three, hence the higher price. The phone boasts a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD (1080p) resolution and features the same camera configuration as the Galaxy A5 (16-megapixel rear + 16-megapixel front camera).

It’s got a 1.9GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage (up to 256GB), but a larger 3,600 mAh battery. A fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port are included as well.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) benefit from fast charging technology, and all three features IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. They come with premium metal frame and 3D glass back.

Sadly, the Galaxy A (2017) series phones ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system onboard. Hopefully, Samsung will deliver Android Nougat updates to all three handsets in the future.

Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series (A7, A5, A3) user manual and pricing details leaks

While Samsung already confirmed that the Galaxy A 2017 series is coming soon, the company has yet to officially announce the smartphones included in this series. However, we know that the new family should be comprised of the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). A user manual that can be accessed on Samsung Russia’s website confirms the existence of all three handsets, while also revealing some of their important features.

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The new A7, A5 and A3 are all are IP68-certified for dust and water resistance. According to Samsung, this means they can survive for 30 minutes underwater at depths of up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). Moreover, all three models have NFC, support for Samsung Pay, and fingerprint scanners embedded in their home buttons. This means that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will likely become Samsung’s most affordable phone to offer a fingerprint reader.

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Speaking of “affordable”, according to a flyer revealed in Malaysia, the new Galaxy A7 (model number SM-A720) and Galaxy A5 (model number SM-A520) will be sold at accessible prices: about $424 and $378, respectively. Most probably, the smaller and less powerful Galaxy A3 (model number SM-A320) will cost around $300.

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The Galaxy A 2017 user manual mentioned above also suggests that the phones will, unfortunately, run Android 6 Marshmallow at launch, instead of the newer Android 7 Nougat.

For now, we don’t have details regarding the US launch of the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). But we’ll find out more about the handsets on January 5, when Samsung is going to officially announce them.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) Pictures Leaks!

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

Leaked press renders presenting the fronts and rears of the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). Most probably, these are the images that Samsung will be using to promote the new devices.

While they have similar designs, the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) come in different sizes, as the A5 (model number SM-A520) sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, while the A3 (model number SM-A320) has a 4.7-inch 720p screen.

The new Galaxy A5 is expected to be powered by an octa-core Exynox 7880 CPU, further featuring 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage space, and a 3300 mAh battery. The new Galaxy A3 will be a bit more modest, possibly featuring an octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Yesterday, Samsung hinted at the fact that the galaxy A series might be water resistant, but it’s not clear if this applies to all models in the new series.

Apparently, the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) will be available in four color variants: black, gold, blue, and pink. The phones could go on sale beginning January, though, for now, we don’t know if that’s true for the US market. In any case, we’ll find out more about the Galaxy A 2017 series next week.