Samsung unveils new budget Galaxy A series, its first smartphones since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle


Ahead of the start of CES 2017, Samsung has unveiled three new budget smartphones: the Galaxy A3, A5 and larger A7.

The phones are the first devices the Korean tech giant has released since the disastrous launch of the Galaxy Note 7, which was discontinued over safety fears.

The three new phones, which look virtually the same as their predecessors, are designed to be more affordable than the company’s flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones.

Galaxy A7 2017

While the phones may look the same, the A3, A5 and A7 offer a number of new features, with all three devices now dust and water resistant.

They also include the same 3D glass that is included in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and feature USB-C, with the A5 and A7 also including Samsung Fast Charge.

The A3 and A5 boast a 4.7 inch and 5.2 inch display respectively, while the larger A7 has a 5.7 inch display.

All the devices in the new Galaxy A series include an all metal frame and Samsung’s new ‘always on’ technology that allows users to view notifications and the time without having to wake up the device, which helps to save on battery life.

The A5 and A7 also include a new and improved front and rear facing 16MP camera, that helps to make taking photos easier than ever with users able to tap anywhere on the screen in order to snap a shot.

In addition to the new cameras, there’s also an improved flash that which should help to take better photos in low light.

Galaxy A5 2017

The A3 has a slightly less powerful but still capable 13MP rear facing camera, with an 8MP front facing camera.

Samsung has also added a range of new filters and quick shot modes, which the firm says will help to make smartphone technology less complicated.

An example of one of the new modes is a Food Mode which helps to optimise colours and contrast of your foodie related shots

In terms of power and performance, the A3 includes 1.6 GHz Octa Core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to 25GB using Micro SD.

Galaxy A3 2017

The more powerful A3 and A5 have 1.9GHz Octa Core processors, with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage also expandable to 250GB.

All devices run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

While the Thailand release date of the new A series is yet to be confirmed, they could be available as early as February.

A full list of specs is available here.


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