Samsung Electronics kicked off the year with the launch of Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017).
The three handsets are members of the A-series (2017).
An interesting feature that is present in the three handsets is the IP68 dust and water resistant technology.
What this means is that the A-series handsets can remain in water for up to 30 minutes without sustaining any damages.
This is a great feature since water and smartphones have been big adversaries for long.
This will also bring to an end the peculiar suggestions on how to revive a phone that has come into contact with water: the weirdest of them all is one to do with a hair blow drier.
Among the three midrange smartphones, Galaxy A7 seems to have the best features.
Nonetheless, both A5 and A7 share several features in common.
The most significant have to be the processing power, OS, camera features, and RAM.
A Comparison of the Three A-series Smartphones:
|Display||4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 720 x 1270 pixels||5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1080 x1920 pixels||5.7-inch Super AMOLED full HD screen, 1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Processor||Octa-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53,||Octa-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A53||Octa-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A53|
|OS||Marshmallow 6.01||Marshmallow 6.01||Marshmallow 6.01|
|Camera||13MP rear, 8MP front||16MP rear, 16MP front camera, both with f/1/9 aperture||16MP rear, 16MP front camera, both with f/1.9 aperture|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 16GB ROM expandable by up to 256GB||3GB RAM, 32GB ROM expandable by up to 256GB||3GB RAM, 32GB ROM expandable by up to 256GB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, USB, GPS, NFC||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, USB, NFC||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v.4.2, USB, NFC|
|Battery||2350mAh, non-removable||3000mAh, non-removable||3600mAh, non-removable|
|Colors||Black, Blue, peach, blue color variants||Black, Gold, Peach, Blue color variants||Black, gold, peach, blue color variants|
|Body Dimension||135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9mm||146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm||156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9mm|
|IP68 water and dust resistance technology||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dual sim slot||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Expected price||Kshs. 30,000-35,000||Kshs 40,000-45,000||Kshs. 50,000-55,000|
The three midrange handsets are expected to be released into the market by the end of January 2017.
The features are impressive and may give the handsets a competitive advantage over other devices in the market.
Nevertheless, the price is expected to be a bit on the high end; hence, it will be interesting to see the kind of reception they receive.
Samsung says that the smartphones come with a fast charging feature and while this is welcome, we will have to wait and bear witness.
In the meantime, we just have to sit back and wait for Samsung to make final preparations before their release into various markets.
The three handsets come with impressive features and it will be interesting to interact with each for a full review.