Two iterations of the Galaxy A series has brought some big specification bumps and some major edits as to what we should think of as an “mid-range” phone at a “mid-range” price.
At the same time, though, there are several Chinese competitors we should also thank. We also observe that Samsung’s entry-level projects have moved down from the C- and J-series to its Tizen phones.
All that said, we’re now looking at some new Galaxy A phones for next model year. SamMobile reports that the Galaxy A3 (2017), the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) will get their releases soon. They will all have metal and glass construction. Unlike last year, all of them will also get fingerprint sensors and OIS-equipped cameras. Their model names follow a format of “SM-Ax20” with “x” being the A variant.
Parts for the devices have appeared with those model names on import listings on Indian database Zauba. Geekbench results of the SM-A520F show off what appears to be an octa-core Exynos 7880 processor with 3GB of RAM. The SM-A720F, last benchmarked on Geekbench in February, showed off some odd silicon — a Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM. We have our doubts, but that’s the latest we have.
This is a rough draft of what we can expect from these devices, so let’s hope we can get these pictures developed soon.
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