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Samsung’s Galaxy A Series Receives Refresh w/ IP68 Waterproofing, Better Cameras

Today via a press release, Samsung announced a refreshed Galaxy A lineup. For those of you not familiar, the A series offers a less-powerful but more affordable option when compared to the company’s Galaxy S lineup. In this case, three new options are available with upgrades found across the board.

“At Samsung, we are always trying to ensure our customers have the most advanced products on the market,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The latest Galaxy A series is a testament to this. We integrated our unique approach to design as well as the features Galaxy customers have come to love to provide added performance without compromising on style.”

Starting with the least expensive, the Galaxy A3 features a 4.7-inch display with a 720p HD resolution, a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2350mAh battery. Stepping things up, the A5 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 1.9GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3000mAh battery. Finally, the A7 has a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a 3600mAh battery, and features the same internals as the A5. Each handset features a metal body with a glass front and back and come in four colors: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.

Regarding the upgrades, each A series smartphone now comes with a 16MP front/rear camera paired with improved autofocus. Samsung also upgraded the camera app with a floating capture button and swipable photo filters. In addition, IP68 waterproofing is present which normally is only found on flagship handsets. This way if you take your phone out in the rain or drop it in the sink, it won’t get wrecked.

In addition, a USB-C port is now present for each smartphone, while the A5 and A7 now come with Samsung’s Fast Charging technology.

Oh, and for those of you wondering, the A series is running Android Marshmallow, not Nougat.

Russia will be the first to get the new Galaxy A smartphones starting this month before other European markets. It’s unclear how much they’ll cost, but stay tuned.


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than a year. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bond to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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