Samsung has just opened a new premium store at Two Rivers Mall, Nairobi Kenya, where you can find both mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices.
Separately, mid-range Samsung A series 2017 just hit the Kenyan market and the company is now giving away a free cover for the purchase of any of the three devices in the lineup at the new ultramodern store.
Speaking of the Galaxy A 2017 series, the refreshed Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A3 series incorporate some of the best features initially preserved for the highly valued Galaxy S series along with stunning makeover. These select features include support for Samsung Pay, IP68 water and dust resistance, USB Type-C 1.0 and 3D curved glass back. The 2017 midrange flagship also sports an Always-on Display function, typical of Samsung S series nowadays. The Always-on Display feature can be configured to show items like time, battery percentage, notifications, and the like. However, it does reduce the battery life a little bit, although not significant.
Other highlighted features include a new Secure Folder and a home-button-embedded fingerprint sensor. The newly fangled Secure Folder, which is hidden within the new Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series, seeks to help users to safely store their apps and files away from the public. With this feature, you can also go further and create a new separate apps account, of course for further security.
Accompanying the Secure Folder is the support for authentication via fingerprint and it has been crafted from Samsung’s flying encryption security policy, KNOX.
Speaking at the launch of the Galaxy A 2017 smartphone series, Samsung Electronics East Africa Vice President and Managing Director, Jung Hyun Park, highlighted the company’s determination to push more advanced products to the market today, citing the series as a living testimonial to his utterance.
— Samsung Mobile Kenya (@SamsungMobileKE) April 5, 2017
According to Mr. Park, the mid-range Galaxy A 2017 series is a blend of Samsung’s exclusive design technique and features that Galaxy users enjoy the most to bring the best out of performance, and without a dip on style.
The devices are powered by Samsung-owned TouchWiz UI running on top of the year-old Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, a choice that will definitely not go down so well with the Nougat enthusiasts. Picking bloat infested TouchWiz UI over the new Nougat version is extremely shocking and a nasty disappointment in this year’s A series, and rips some performance power off the series.
That aside, price is the main factor that dictates which phone an individual buys, assuming perfect knowledge of the rest of the spectra. For Samsung A 2017 series, the high-end Galaxy A7 goes at Ksh. 49,999, Galaxy A5 at Ksh. 42,999 and Galaxy A3 at Ksh. 34,999. Remember, you will walk away with a free cover if you make your purchase at the company’s new store at the Two Rivers Mall.
To give you a highlight of the specs, the Galaxy A7 2017 and A5 2017 have quite a lot in common. Other than the display size and battery capacity, the rest of the specs remain unchanged. The former has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel and 3300mAh battery while the latter has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 3000mAh battery unit. The resolution is the same at 1080p and both are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
Under the hood, both handsets have an Exynos 7880 octa-core with a clock speed of 1.9GHz, 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Both cameras come with 16MP lenses with f/1.9 aperture, but it’s only the main camera that has AF and LED flash. As for the Galaxy A3 2017, you get a smaller 4.7-inch display screen with HD (720p) resolution and the same Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The phone is powered by a slightly weaker Exynos 7870 octa-core clocked at 1.6GHz and is paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 256GB.
Unlike the Galaxy A7 2017 and Galaxy A5 2017, you get a 13MP shooter on the back alongside an 8MP lens for selfies. Both sensors have the same aperture as the A7 and A5, but the battery capacity is even smaller at 2350mAh, which is still not bad for a 4.7-inch HD screen with only 312 pixels per inch to power.