Think Samsung and you probably think flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7, but that’s not all the company makes. It also offers a variety of low- and mid-range handsets, including the A series, which is about to get two new members.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 have both been announced and they’re set to offer a Galaxy S7-like design at a fraction of the price.
They’re not out yet (but will be soon) and we’ve collected everything you need to know, including the price, specs and release date.
Cut to the chase
- What are they? Samsung's next A-range entries
- When are they out? February
- What will they cost? From £299 (around $365/AU$505)
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and A5 2017 release date and price
The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and A5 2017 are both launching sometime in February in the UK. Samsung hasn’t confirmed the exact date, but has said you’ll be able to pre-order them from January 20 on its official site.
You don’t even need to wait until then to get your order in though, as Mobile Fun has already opened pre-orders, with the Galaxy A3 2017 up for £299 (around $365/AU$505) and the Galaxy A5 2017 available for £399 (roughly $500/AU$675) – though note that no shipping date has yet been given, and Samsung itself hasn’t yet confirmed the official RRP.
The same site has listed a range of cases for pre-order, including wallet covers, Clear View covers, and S View covers, so you can keep your phone protected from day one. These are expected to ship in 2-3 weeks at time of writing, meaning mid-late January.
If you’d rather grab either handset on contract both Three and Vodafone in the UK have revealed they’ll be stocking the phones, though haven’t yet said when or for how much.
There’s also no word yet on if or when the Galaxy A3 2017 and Galaxy A5 2017 will be launching in the US and Australia, but we’ll update this article if we hear anything.
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and A5 2017 design and screen
Like the Samsung Galaxy S7, these phones have a metal frame and glass back, with curved corners and a physical home button beneath the screen.
They’re even both IP68 certified dust and water resistant, meaning they can be submerged up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes. They come in four colors: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.
The only real design difference between the two new phones is the dimensions, with the Galaxy A3 2017 coming in at 135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9mm, while the Galaxy A5 2017 is 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9mm.
The screen offers a bigger difference in spec though, with the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 sporting a compact 4.7-inch 720p display, while the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has a larger and sharper 5.2-inch 1080p screen.
However, both use high-quality Super AMOLED displays, just like Samsung’s flagships.
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and A5 2017 camera and battery
The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 has a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing snapper. There are also a range of shooting modes, and you can tap anywhere on the screen to take a selfie – and use the screen itself as a front flash for brighter images.
The Galaxy A5 2017 has the same camera features, but upgrades both the front and rear sensors to 16MP.
There’s a 2,350mAh battery in the Galaxy A3 and a 3,000mAh one in the A5. Both phones charge via USB-C, and in the case of the Galaxy A5 2017 there’s even fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and A5 2017 OS and power
Both phones run Android Marshmallow – which is one generation behind the latest version from Google – and the Galaxy A3 2017 has a 1.6GHz octa-core chipset and 2GB of RAM, while the Galaxy A5 2017 has a speedier 1.9GHz octa-core chip and 3GB of RAM.
There’s a respectable amount of storage too. The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 has 16GB, while the Galaxy A5 2017 has 32GB, and both support microSD cards of up to 256GB.
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 and A5 2017 other features
The main extra feature of both these phones is a fingerprint scanner, but they also both have NFC, which combined allow for contactless payments.
We're pushing Samsung hard to get our hands on these new models, and will be giving them a thorough run down to find out if they're worth the (admirably low) cost.
- Want something more premium? Consider waiting for the Galaxy S8.