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Remember when Samsung introduced us to the Galaxy Alpha, a smartphone that had a very premium look but without top-tier specifications? That has since been expanded to include a whole family of devices. Last year’s versions of the Galaxy A series have now been succeeded by next year’s versions with the brand new Galaxy A (2016) smartphones: Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7.

As you might suspect, the most notable difference between these three Galaxy A (2016) smartphones is their screen size. The smallest of the bunch is the Galaxy A3 with its 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, followed by the 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy A5 and the 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy A7. All three phones continue the metal and glass motif of current Samsung phones for a “beautifully harmonious design” and a narrower bezel.

The design of the three phones is practically identical, save for the actual dimensions, but there is some variance with the internals.

The New and Improved Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 for 2016

Whereas the Galaxy A5 and A7 get a 1.6GHz octa-core chip, the smaller Galaxy A3 has to make do with a 1.5GHz quad core processor. The amount of RAM varies too, with 1.5GB, 2GB and 3GB for the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, respectively. And you will only find Samsung Pay on the larger A5 and A7, but not on the A3. All three phones get an improved 13MP f/1.9 rear camera with OIS.

Check out the press release below for more information and the full spec sheets. Expect the new Galaxy A (2016) phones to ship to China later this month, followed by global markets some time thereafter.

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Samsung Launches Galaxy A (2016) with Premium Design and Improved Features

A Brand new Galaxy A offers unmatched style, performance along with enhanced features perfect for self-expression

SEOUL, Korea December 2, 2015 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd today announced its latest Galaxy A smartphones that offer premium design, easy mobile payment technology, and enhanced camera features. The Galaxy A (2016) incorporates Samsungs latest in innovative design and technology, giving consumers the ability to expresses their individuality with powerful performance in three screen size options: 5.5-inch for the A7, 5.2-inch for the A5 and 4.7-inch for the A3

At Samsung, we are committed to continued innovation, inspired by the feedback and needs of our wide range of consumers, said JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsungs IT & Mobile Business. With the introduction of the Galaxy A (2016), we took the consumer feedback on our original Galaxy A models and made thoughtful and impactful improvements offering consumers a seamless convergence of style and performance for their everyday lifestyles.

The Galaxy A (2016) continues the latest Samsung Galaxy design heritage, combining metal and glass to create a beautifully harmonious premium design. The new Galaxy A provides superior viewing experience with narrower bezel.

Now the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2016) support Samsung Pay, Samsungs simple, safe and virtually anywhere mobile payment service. Protected by fingerprint verification, Samsung Pay works with both Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and Near Filed Communication (NFC) technologies.

The Galaxy A (2016) also comes equipped with an enhanced camera system for both brighter and clearer photos and videos. This advanced system includes Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to prevent image blurring, as well as a front and rear F1.9 lens to allow users to take the optimum photos in dark conditions. Whats more, with Samsungs Quick Launch feature, double clicking the home button launches the camera in less than a second. Consumers can also take their best selfie yet with features including Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie and Beautifying Effects..

The Galaxy A (2016) will be available in China in mid-December 2015 and will be expanded to global markets.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) Product Specifications:

 

Network

LTE Cat.6 * May differ by markets and mobile operators

Display

5.5-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED

AP

1.6GHz Octa Core

OS

Android 5.1 (Lollipop)

Camera

Rear : 13MP OIS (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)

Video

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM

Audio

MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Additional features

MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
* Samsung Pay launches may vary by market-readiness

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC, eSE)

Sensor

Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner

Memory

3GB RAM + 16GB Storage
Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)

Dimension

151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3mm, 172g

Battery

3,300mAh, Fast Charging

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Product Specifications:

 

Network

LTE Cat.6 * May differ by markets and mobile operators

Display

5.2-inchFHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED

AP

1.6GHz Octa Core

OS

Android 5.1 (Lollipop)

Camera

13MP OIS(rear), 5MP (front)

Video

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM

Audio

MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Additional features

MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
* Samsung Pay launches may vary by market-readiness

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0,
NFC (UICC, eSE)

Sensor

Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner

Memory

2GB RAM + 16GB Storage
Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)

Dimension

144.8 x 71.0 x 7.3mm , 155g

Battery

2,900mAh, Fast Charging

 

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) Product Specifications:

 

Network

LTE Cat.4 * May differ by markets and mobile operators

Display

4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED

AP

1.5 GHz Quad Core

OS

Android 5.1 (Lollipop)

Camera

Rear : 13MP (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)

Video

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,MKV,WEBM

Audio

MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Additional features

Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC)

Sensor

Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall

Memory

1.5GB RAM + 16GB Storage
Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)

Dimension

134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3mm, 132g

Battery

2,300mAh


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