Samsung announces Galaxy A smartphones – A3, A5 and A7 2017

Samsung has announced the 2017 vintage of its excellent series Galaxy A, the A5 in 2016 is probably to date the most famous reference. Will she live up to its predecessor?

Different formats but similar characteristics. To accommodate the diversity of users, Samsung offers since 2015 three screen sizes on its Galaxy series A. The A3, A5 and A7 2017 keeps this philosophy and dare some inroads into the high-end. Overview of novelties.

The arrival of the IP 68 standard

New more visible for all Galaxy A 2017: the arrival of the international standard IP68 (resistant to dust and water – depth of 1.5 m for 30 minutes) until then reserved for the top range Galaxy S. As a result, the series said – perhaps permanently – farewell to the removable battery. Repairs and component changes will also be very difficult, as recently revealed the site iFixit about the Galaxy S7.

The IP 68 standard had some effects on design. The Galaxy A 2017 focus on compactness and robustness, where previous generations emphasized elegance. The overall look is quite banal, even if the loan to S7 lines gives the range a racy side.

Photo: the best for everyone, the A3 back

16MP rear, 16MP front. A5 and A7 in 2017 have, on paper, the definition of the two cameras. Few smartphones where the NPC “selfie” aligns with the traditional camera. Still, the pixels are not everything. In fact, the sensors should show made of different qualities.

The improvement, in any case, does not benefit the younger siblings. The Galaxy A3 retains 13 MP 2016 but gained 3 megapixels on the front for up to 8MP.

Fingerprint Sensor for A3, double the memory for the A5 and A7

Single device devoid of the series of the fingerprint sensor in 2016, 2017 A3 sees it repaired wrong. It remains however to 16GB of internal memory – expandable via microSD to 256GB – when his elders pass 32GB The entire range also benefits from a USB-C connection, reversible and allows a multiplicity. of use (load, data and broadband video).

No change in the definition Super AMOLED screen HD for the A3 (4.7 “) HDD for A5 (5.2”) and A7, the latter claiming more as a PHABLET from 5.5. 5.7 “the battery also stays in the same proportions as for the vintage 2016, which gave the Galaxy A5 and A3 excellent battery life: you win some tens of mAh on the A3 and A5 to move to 2350 and 3000 respectively mAh and 300 mAh on the A7 to reach 3600 mAh.

Android Marshmallow … for now

As in 2016 at the same time, the Galaxy A series comes with Android version behind. Android 6.0.16 Marshmallow, therefore, equip the A3, A5 and A7 2017. Until when? In 2016, Samsung had waited nearly six months to update its range. It’s a safe bet that the same process will be applied this year. First-time buyers of Galaxy A 2017 will have to wait to enjoy the joys of Android 7.0 Nougat.

First-time buyers of Galaxy A 2017 will have to wait to enjoy the joys of Android 7.0 Nougat.

The OS will run on different configurations depending on the model. Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 will receive 8 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz and 3 GB of RAM when the A3 is based on 8 cores running at 1.6 GHz and 2 GB of RAM.