It’s been a few months since the new Samsung Galaxy A3 2017, Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017 hit the market, but their availability in Kenya has remained a dotted.
In addition to their scarce availability, the new Galaxy A 2017 series has hit the Kenyan market priced absurdly, with the official Samsung Mobile Kenya selling the entry-level Galaxy A3 2017 at Ksh 34,999 while the high-end Galaxy A7 2017 is valued at a massive Ksh 49,999, which is the equal of a flagship price.
There’s no doubt that the Galaxy A 2017 series is not the usual Galaxy A handsets you might be used to seeing, but this is no justification for their high prices in Kenya. Samsung went for something different, shipping the phones with a design and features that have previously been spared for the high-end Galaxy S series.
Lately, the flagship Galaxy S has turned to a glass and metal design, which are the same materials used to build this year’s Galaxy A series. In addition, the 2017 Galaxy A series has a bunch of new flagship features that are still hard to believe for some, among them NFC, fast battery charging, Samsung Pay, Always On display, as well as IP68 dust and water resistance.
Under the hood, these phones ship with top-notch midrange specs, but there are a few differences between the Galaxy A3 2017 and the Galaxy A5/A7 2017. For instance, the Galaxy A3 2017 has a smaller 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display screen with an HD resolution while the Galaxy A5 2017 has a 5.2-inch screen with a Full HD resolution. Even though the Galaxy A7 2017 keeps the same resolution, it gets a bigger 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen.
The entry-level Galaxy A3 2017 has an Exynos 7870 SoC paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. As for the Galaxy A5 and A7 2017, you get a more powerful Exynos 7880 SoC paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, which can also be expanded. The cameras of the two high-end models are the same, featuring 16MP sensors on both the front and back. As for the smaller A3 2017, the back camera has a 13MP shooter while the front camera comes in with an 8MP lens.
The battery capacity of the A3 is 2350mAh while the A5 gets a bigger 3000mAh unit, with the A7 getting the biggest unit of 3600mAh. The trio has a USB-C port for charging, but fast charging technology is only available on the Galaxy A5 2017 and A7 2017. Software-wise, there’s Android Marshmallow out of the box, but an update to Android Nougat is on the way.
Now, onto pricing. As noted earlier, Samsung Mobile Kenya has the Galaxy A3 2017 listed at Ksh 34,999, the Galaxy A5 2017 at Ksh 42,999 and the high-end A7 2017 at Ksh 49,999. Well, you can have any of these phones at up to over Ksh 10,000 cheaper when you purchase them at Phones Arena Kenya. Here, the entry-level A3 is priced at just Ksh 26,500 while the A5 2017 is valued at Ksh 35,500. To grab the A7 2017, you’ll be set back Ksh 38,500, which is still a massive discount of Ksh 11,499 over what Samsung Mobile Kenya and other retailers are charging for the same phone.
Check out the official details of the Galaxy A 2017 (and other phones) pricing via the source link below. Also feel free to check out our article on the 5 things you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy A 2017 handsets.