Samsung's 2017 midrange phones get water-resistance and USB Type-C


WhistleOut
03 January 2017

Samsung's kicked off its 2017 by announcing three new midrange smartphones, the 5.7-inch Galaxy A7, the 5.2-inch Galaxy A5, and the 4.7-inch Galaxy A3.

While the A series is Samsung's new midrange offering, the phones' design has almost be ripped directly from Samsung's 2016 Galaxy S7 flagships. The devices feature metal edging, curved glass backs, IP68 water-resistance, a USB Type-C connector for charging, and support for Samsung Pay.

"At Samsung, we are always trying to ensure our customers have the most advanced products on the market," said Samsung President of Mobile Communications Business DJ Koh. "The latest Galaxy A series is a testament to this. We integrated our unique approach to design as well as the features Galaxy customers have come to love to provide added performance without compromising on style."

Other key specifications are as follows:

The Galaxy A7 has a 5.7-inch 1080p display, 1.9Ghz eight-core processor, 16MP rear-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,600mAh battery.

The Galaxy A5 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 1.9Ghz eight-core processor, 16MP rear-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery.

The Galaxy A3 has a 4.7-inch 1080p display, 1.6Ghz eight-core processor, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 2,350mAh battery.

All three will ship with Android Marshmallow. 

The 2017 A series smartphones will go on sale from early January in Russia, and will be expanded to global markets a little later. 

Local pricing for the 2017 A series has yet to be announced, but based on last year's models, we expect to see the family priced from between $350 to $700.


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