After weeks of leaks and rumours, Samsung launched the second-generation Galaxy A smartphones on Wednesday. Dubbed the Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016), the trio will be available in China in mid-December 2015 and other markets in the future. There's no word yet on the price of the three metal-clad Galaxy A (2016) smartphones. All three handsets run Android 5.1 Lollipop and come in dual-SIM options as well.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) (seen above) features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) resolution Super Amoled display and packs an octa-core SoC (unspecified) clocked at 1.6GHz, clubbed with 3GB of RAM. It features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Both sport f/1.9 aperture lenses.
The smartphone houses 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Galaxy A7 (2016) supports LTE Cat. 6 connectivity besides Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0 and NFC connectivity options. Measuring 151.5x74.1x7.3mm, the handset weighs 172 grams and is backed by a 3300mAh battery, which also supports fast charging. Accelerometer, proximity, geomagnetic sensors and a fingerprint scanner are also included.
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The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) shares most specifications with the Galaxy A7 (2016), but with some minor changes. It sports a smaller 5.2-inch full-HD Super Amoled display, 2GB of RAM, and 2900mAh battery with fast charging. It measures 144.8x71.0x7.3mm and weighs 155 grams.
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As for the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016), (seen above) the smartphone bears a 4.7-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) resolution Super Amoled display, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 2300mAh battery. It is more compact than the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) at 134.5x65.2x7.3mm and weighs 132 grams. It does not support LTE Cat 6 connectivity and is maxed out at LTE Cat. 4 networks. Rest of the specifications remain the same as Galaxy A7 (2016) other than the fact it has no fingerprint scanner or OIS.
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"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 Samsung's 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."