Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series has barely been here and in fact, the phones have not yet started selling, with Samsung having only launched them the other day.
There is no doubt that the new Galaxy A series is nothing that will get every smartphone user anxious about what it brings like the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 would do, but there is no doubt that many out there who are looking for affordable handsets with flagship specs will be keen to know what the South Korean tech giant has in store. In what is a general look at what the three phones are offering, here’s a look at five key things that you need to know before choosing which Samsung Galaxy A 2017 phone to buy.
Different specs for Galaxy A3 2017 and Galaxy A5/A7 2017
For starters, be warned that Samsung Galaxy A 2017 has three handsets that feature very varied specs. Where there are lots of similarities between the Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017, the Galaxy A3 2017 is in its own world.
The color variants are the same for the three, where you get gold sand, black sky, peach cloud and blue mist. However, the Galaxy A3 2017 comes in the smallest package of just 4.7-inches display as well as the smallest storage option of 16GB. The next in line is the Galaxy A5 2017 with its 5.2-inch screen while the larger Galaxy A7 2017 has a 5.7-inch screen. Where the latter two have Full HD resolutions for their screens, the Galaxy A3 2017 has a 720p resolution. You also get the Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017 in 32GB storage options – but the trio has room for microSD card storage of up to 256GB.
Great cameras, but the Galaxy A3 2017 is weaker
Both Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017 have the same camera specs. You get 16MP snappers on the front and back, but the Galaxy A3 2017 gets a 13MP main camera and an 8MP selfie sensor. Still, all phones’ cameras have the same aperture of f/1.9.
While you still get quality images on the Galaxy A3 2017, the two higher end models have the best photography specs, even much better than what many flagships offer, at least on paper.
Dust and water resistance
All three Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series handsets have one feature that has remained to unique to the flagship family all through 2016. IP68 dust and water resistance certification has only been used on a handful of phones, among them the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. However, the three Galaxy A 2017 phones have brought this feature to the midrange family of phones, meaning you can get wet with the phone without getting worried.
USB Type-C fast charging
Even the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have no room for a USB Type-C port, but the Galaxy A 2017 series has this feature on board. Even though the phones still keep the 3.5mm headphone jack, introducing USB-C connectivity means that the huge battery units on board will be charged faster, especially now that the handsets also support fast charging technology.
Samsung Pay had remained a feature for the flagship Samsung Galaxy handsets, but now this feature has managed to reach the low-end Galaxy A3 2017. This is part of a change that Samsung wants to see – where all Samsung Galaxy phones will come with support for Samsun Pay out of the box.
As noted earlier, Samsung Galaxy A3 2017, Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017 have just been released and in fact, some markets have yet to be sure if they’ll be getting these phones. But for what we know, the wider availability of the Galaxy A 2017 series should start early next month.