Samsung’s Galaxy-A series should become more attractive with an upgrade and a design reminiscent of the Galaxy S6. As before, the three Android Smartphones have a casing with a sturdy metal frame.
The best argument for the Galaxy-A series by Samsung has been the attractive design with metal casing, the facilities of the mid-range smartphones offered, however, rise to the criticism. The well presented second generation should do better with faster processors, bigger battery, and smarter looking photos and in the price range below the Galaxy S6 impress customers. Instead of new names, Samsung added a year to distinguish the revised Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016).
The devices from photionary are still comparatively chic: focus now on the design of the S6 and have a metal frame and a back glass. Each 7.3 millimeters thick are the Smartphones. The display diagonal is easily grown in A3 and A5 and now amounts to 4.7 and 5.2 inches, the A7 remains at 5.5 inches. The resolution has to put on 1280 × 720 (A3) and 1920 × 1080 pixel (A5, A7). All three displays continue to work with AMOLED technology.
Samsung uses Exynos processors from his own chip forge in the SoCs. The A3 must make do with four, up to 1.5 GHz clocked cores, A5 and A7 are eight cortex-A53 cores with 1.6 GHz available. Memory is only 1.5 GBytes for the smallest model, the A5 has even 3 GB 2 GB, the A7. The 16 Gbytes of internal memory can be supplemented with MicroSDXC cards.
Also at the radio, the smaller model is at a disadvantage, it doesn’t get along with 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks and has only n Wi-Fi and an LTE cat. 4 modem. A5 and A7 can transmit up to 300 MBit/s in the downlink with category 6 LTE and understand the faster 11ac-standard in the Wi-Fi. Otherwise there are in all three NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and a standard MicroUSB 2.0 port.
The three smartphones delivered with Android 5.1, above which is the Samsung typical surface.
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The batteries are not replaceable, the capacity has grown but compared to their predecessors. The two larger models can soak up energy for some hours of usage time thanks to quick charge feature within a few minutes, this option is missing the A3. A 13-megapixel camera f/1.9-IRIS, in the larger versions with support of image stabilizer makes images each. Also the fingerprint scanner in the menu button is reserved for them.
The three models will be available in China from December and will be published after the rest of the world. For Germany, so far only the Galaxy A3 and A5 are in black, white and gold announced. You should come mid-January for 330, 430 euros in trade, the non-binding price recommendations by Samsung are about 50 to 70 euros higher than in its predecessors. Price 470 euros are expected for the Galaxy A7, so far but have not been confirmed by Samsung. (asp)