Friday , June 8 2018

Samsung sneaks out the Galaxy A 2017 range, with added water resistance and 16MP cameras

Samsung has somewhat quietly announced the 2017 iteration of its popular budget Galaxy A line, with the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2017 editions. These budget phones are going on sale in tertiary markets in January (Russia and select Asian markets), followed by European countries in February. We should see it spread wider after that, as the Galaxy A range was surprisingly popular in Australia in 2016.

There’s a lot that’s the same from last year, but new features include IP68 water resistance, USB-C connectivity across the range, and 16MP front and rear cameras. The IP68 rating is the same as found in the Galaxy S7 range, and those phones were not afraid of a bit of water, surviving immersion in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes or so. Gone is last year’s dated Micro-USB, replaced with the new standard USB-C which brings fast charging with it. There’s MicroSD support, NFC with Samsung Pay (and Android Pay) support, and always on display like the S7 and Note 7 featured in 2016.

All three, sadly, will launch with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and being budget to mid-range, it’s unclear whether any will receive an update to Android 7.0 Nougat, but truth be told, this segment of the market won’t (and probably needn’t) care. The range sports 16MP cameras front and back (except for the A3, with a lesser front-facing camera), with improved camera software designed to make taking better selfies a bit easier.

For those who like a comparison table, here’s all the specs announced, side by side:

 Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
Release dateJanuary 2017January 2017January 2017
Screen size4.7-inch5.2-inch5.7-inch
Screen technology---
Resolution1,280 x 7201,920 x 1,0801,920 x 1,080
PPI312423386
Rear camera13MP16MP16MP
Front camera8MP16MP16MP
ChipsetUnknownUnknownUnknown
Core config1.6GHz x 81.9GHz x 81.9GHz x 8
Ram2GB3GB3GB
Storage16GB32GB32GB
MicroSDYesYesYes
Battery2,350 mAh3,000 mAh3,600 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB CUSB CUSB C
Headphone PortYesYesYes
Headphone LocationTopTopTop
Speaker Configuration---
Android OSAndroid 6.0.1Android 6.0.1Android 6.0.1
Vendor skin
Dimensions---
Weight
Colours
  • Black Sky
  • Gold Sand
  • Blue Mist
  • Peach Cloud
  • Black Sky
  • Gold Sand
  • Blue Mist
  • Peach Cloud
  • Black Sky
  • Gold Sand
  • Blue Mist
  • Peach Cloud

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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A7 looks like a nice one to gift a family member.

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Not bad… Couple of years ago these would have been considered top of the range..

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