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Samsung teases Galaxy A3 and A5 2017 launch

Samsung teases Galaxy A3 and A5 2017 launch
Samsung teases Galaxy A3 and A5 2017 launch
The mainstream Galaxy A series could get its first waterproof smartphone in less than a month.

The mid-range Galaxy A series will be renewed for the upcoming year according to a Twitter post from Samsung Malaysia. While numerous leaks have already unveiled that the mainstream Galaxy A family will continue with a potential January 2017 launch window, the official Samsung teaser and press images only add credit to the rumors. Accordingly, we can expect next year's Galaxy A3 and A5 smartphones to come in "Black Sky", "Gold Sand", "Blue Coral", and "Peach Cloud" colors. Prices are not yet known, though existing reports are pointing to high starting prices of 379 Euros and 479 Euros for the A3 and A5, respectively.

The design of these new smartphones appear to closely mimic that of the flagship Galaxy S7. It's not stated explicitly, but we suspect that they will also be water resistant as hinted by the water droplets on teaser.

The rumored specifications are as listed below with the expected dual-SIM capabilities on each. See our existing review on the 2016 Galaxy A3 and A5 for more details on the series.

Galaxy A3

  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display
  • Exynos 7870 SoC
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD reader
  • 13 MP rear + 8 MP front cameras
  • Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and dual-band 802.11ac WLAN

Galaxy A5

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 S-AMOLED display
  • Exynos 7880 SoC
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD reader
  • 16 MP rear + 16 MP front cameras
  • Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and dual-band 802.11ac WLAN

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Allen Ngo, 2016-12-30 (Update: 2016-12-30)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.