The next season
of the A-Team is on! Samsung just unveiled the new Galaxy A7, A5 and A3, which
add OIS cameras, fingerprint sensors and support for Samsung Pay's magnetic
strip card emulation.
The new Samsung
Galaxy A series will launch in China first in mid-December, the global
expansion will later on. Pricing has not been mentioned yet.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) is the
biggest of the bunch, since there's no A8 yet. It boasts a 5.5" Super
AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution and an octa-core processor running Android
around the screen of the new A-series have been shaved off, making the phones
impressively narrow. Their bodies are constructed of metal and glass, just like
the flagship Galaxy S and Note series. The Galaxy A7 measures 7.3mm thick
(thicker than both the old A7 and A8) and weighs 172g (that's heavier too).
plus side, the battery is now bigger at 3,300mAh battery and it supports Fast
Charging. You get an extraGIG of RAM, 3GB total, though the storage stays at
16GB. Good thing Samsung kept the microSD slot.
Also, the 13MP camera has a wider aperture,
f/1.9, and features OIS. The selfie camera also has an f/1.9 aperture, that
sounds like the Galaxy S6 setup.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) has a fingerprint
reader and Magnetic Secure Transmission (the tech to emulate magnetic strip
cards). The new chipset brings LTE to Cat. 6 speeds (300Mbps, double what the
old A7 got), a dual-SIM option will be available.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
This one has outgrown its predecessor, it comes
with 5.2" Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution (old A5 screen had a
5" 720p screen). The old quad-core processor has been left behind in favor
of an octa-core one (Samsung is stingy with exact chipset model). RAM and
storage remain at 2GB and 16GB respectively.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is thicker too, 7.3mm up from 6.7mm,
and heavier, 155g up from 123g. The battery has grown too, 2,900mAh.
the same camera as the A7, 13MP with OIS on the back and 5MP on the front. A
fingerprint reader and Samsung Pay with MST are on board too. The Samsung
Galaxy A5 (2016) will come in dual-SIM flavor as well.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) got the biggest upgrade of the three.
The wimpy qHD screen has been replaced with a bigger 4.7" Super AMOLED
unit with 720p resolution.
Also, the camera bump to 13MP is significant,
both it and the 5MP selfie cam have f/1.9 apertures (no OIS here, though).
processor remains at four cores and the RAM at 1.5GB, same for the storage –
16GB. The battery goes up to 2,300mAh, once again at the cost of thickness
(7.3mm) and weight (132g). Dual-SIM will be available as an option, LTE is set at
Cat. 4 (this is market dependent though).
The Galaxy A3 (2016) is the only member of the
new lineup to lack a fingerprint sensor.