Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:49

Samsung’s Galaxy A, 2017 – premium phones at mid-market prices

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Samsung has used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to release its new Galaxy A series of smartphones offering almost all the flagship GS7 features for a lower cost.

Samsung Galaxy A7Flagship features eventually find their way into tomorrow’s mid-market smartphones. Samsung has offered key GS7 features – AMOLED screens, IP68 water and dust resistance, metal frame, 16MP camera, USB-C, micro-SD slot, biometric identification, and colour choices in a new range competing directly with the S7.

Richard Fink, vice-president, Mobile Division, Samsung Australia, said, “The Galaxy A Series delivers key features that we know our customers love in a smartphone including an exceptional camera, water and dust resistance and a premium design at a mid-range price, the Galaxy A Series offers excellent value to our customers. It sets a new standard for what Australians should expect from a mid-range smartphone.” 

The Galaxy A comes in a 5.7” A7, a 5.2” A5, and a 4.7” A3 all with very high screen to body ratio reducing wasteful top and bottom bezels and making these more pocketable than competitor offerings.

These phones represent a significant advance over the current entry level Galaxy J series that ranges in price from $199 to $399.

It is expected the A series will fall into the mid-market $499 to $699 price bracket, and compete with the OPPO R9 and R9 Plus.

Galaxy A7 A5 A3
Network LTE Cat.6 same same
Display 5.7” FHD Super AMOLED 5.2” FHD Super AMOLED 4.7” HD Super AMOLED
AP 1.9GHz Octa Core same 1.6GHz octa-core
OS Android 6.0.16 (Marshmallow) same same
Camera

Rear: 16MP (f/1.9)

Front: 16MP (f/1.9)

same

13MP (f/1.9)

8MP (f/1.9)

Video MPEG4, H.265(HEVC), H.264(AVC), H.263, VC-1, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8, VP9 same same
Audio MP3, AAC LC/AAC+/eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, FLAC, Vorbis, Opus same same
Additional features MST technology, Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option same same
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v 4.2, ANT+,
USB Type-C, NFC (UICC, eSE)
same same
Sensor Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall
Fingerprint scanner, Barometer
same same
IP Code IP68 same same
Memory 3GB RAM + 32GB storage
Micro SD slot (up to 256GB)
same 2GB RAM +16GB storage and microSD slot
Dimension 156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9mm 146.1 x 71.4  x 7.9mm 135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9mm
Battery 3,600mAh, Fast Charging 3,000mAh, Fast Charging 2,350mAh

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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