Generally I don't recommend Mid-range smartphones from Samsung, but since the release of the Galaxy A series I decided to change my mind toward that. Couple of hours before the opening of CES 2017 Samsung unveiled it new set of mid-range smartphones for 2017.
Samsung officially renewed it Galaxy A series including the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and the Galaxy A7 (2017) thus replacing the 2016 edition. These devices were known for their build quality and remarkable autonomy.
Galaxy A7 (2017)
The Galaxy A7 is the highest end-device of this series. It comes with a 5.7” Super AMOLED Full HD display. It embarks an Exynos 7880 processor at 1.9GHz. The processor is couple with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. All this is supported by a 3600mAh battery.
Galaxy A5 (2017)
The Galaxy A5 comes with a 5.2” Super AMOLED Full HD display, with a pile density of 424 PPI. Nothing therefore changes from the A7 here. The processor change from an Exynos 7580 to an Exynos 7880 at 1.9GHz, however impacting less on the performance of the device. It is coupled by 3GB RAM rather than the 2GB of the previous version The GPU changes from a Mali-T720 with 2 cores to a Mali-T830 with 3 cores.
The storage is increased from a 16GB to a 32GB expandable up to 256GB. The camera is also upgraded with a 16MP rear and front facing camera with an opening of f/1.8 on both. All these is supported by a 3000mAh battery that was increased by a 100mAh from the previous version. It is rechargeable through a USB Type-C connector.
Galaxy A3 (2017)
The Galaxy A3 comes with a 4.7” Super AMOLED HD display. It is powered by an Exynos 7870 at 1.6GHz coupled by 2GB RAM. It has an internal storage of 16GB. It has a 13MP f/1.9 rear facing camera and a 8MP f/1.9 front facing camera. All these are supported by a 2350mAh battery.
With this 2017 edition, Samsung has change the design of it Galaxy A series from a squared design to a more rounded design closer to the design of it Galaxy S7 that looks comfortable in hands. All of them are waterproof certified IP68. They embark an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip at their backs and a finger print scanner for contactless payments (a technology still not popularised in Africa). They'll be available in black, blue and pink at a price of 229€ (149995FCFA) (from assumption), 339€ (22045FCFA) and 449€ (294095FCFA) respectively.