Samsung recently announced that they’ll be releasing updates to their Galaxy A Smartphone Series. This comes only months after the recall of the Galaxy Note 7.
Back in October 2016, production on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was immediately stopped shortly after the products’ release to the public. This happened because the phones would overheat and spontaneously burst into flames. Originally, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer claimed the cause of this malfunction (which was described as one of the biggest smartphone safety hazards in tech history) could be due to many factors. Eventually, the company narrowed down the phone’s malfunction to a design flaw, claiming that it was squeezing the phone’s battery pack to dangerous pressure levels.
The announcement of the new Galaxy A series came just a day after Samsung also announced that they’d share acceptance in the results of the investigation into this malfunction. It seems like the company wants to save face as these new phones are tricked out with some pretty cool features.
The New Samsung Galaxy A Series
The announcement, made early Monday morning, said that the Galaxy A series will be available in Russia at the beginning of the month, but will later expand to European markets, in addition to other global markets. The series includes the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 and will come in four colors; Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud. While the phones do have their differences, they also all have similar features as well.
The biggest update is the water and dust resistance feature. This includes resistance to sweat, sand, dust, and rain.
The three phones also boast a premium design that consists of a curved metal frame and 3D glass back, similar to what’s found on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Finally, the phones also sport the USB Type-C ports and run on Android 6.0.1 software.
The second biggest update is the new and improved camera featured on the phones. In all 3 phones, Samsung guarantees higher photo quality, but there are also some differences when comparing the 3.
A5 and A7
When comparing the A5 and A7, their features and style are more alike than with the A3. Both the A5 and A7 feature a 16-megapixel lens with an aperture at f/19 on the rear and front of the phone. The cameras on these models also include improved autofocus and feature a high-quality low-light performance.
Both phones also feature larger batteries and can support Samsung’s Fast Charge technology. Finally, the A5 and A7 are powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core processor, feature 32GB of internal storage, and 36GB RAM.
While both these phones feature a bigger battery than the A3 (or their predecessors), the A7 is powered by a 3600 mAh battery, while the A5 is only powered by a 3000 mAh battery. Also, the A7’s storage space can be expanded by using a microSD card.
Finally, while both phones feature a full HD (1080p) resolution, the most notable difference between the A5 and A7 is their size. The largest of the three phones is the A7, which has a screen size of 5.7 inches. The A5 is the second largest phone, with a standard screen size of 5.2 inches. The A3 is the smallest of the three.
The A3 only features a 4.7-inch screen size with a 720p HD resolution. The phone also only boasts 16GB of storage space, a 1.6GH processor, and only has 2GB of RAM. Additionally, the battery is only powered by a 2350 mAh battery.
Finally, like the A5 and A7, the A3 camera does feature low-light performance with an improved autofocus but does have the smallest lens (a 13-mega pixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera).
Prices of the phones haven’t been confirmed, but according to rumors the A7 will retail at $424 and the A5 will retail at $378. Nothing has been reported on the price of the A3, but it’s safe to assume that this phone will be the most inexpensive of the three.
It really does seem like Samsung is trying to save face with this new release. Let’s hope they have a comeback with this product and that it doesn’t spontaneously burst into flames.