Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 series; here's what’s fresh

All  three handsets feature a metal build
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A Samsung Galaxy sign is seen at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York August 13, 2015.
A Samsung Galaxy sign is seen at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York August 13, 2015. Reuters/Andrew Kelly

Samsung refreshed its Galaxy A series for 2016 and launched three new and stylish handsets -- Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 -- with a refreshed look and feel. The trio of Galaxy A (2016) smartphones are improved variants of its predecessors.

Display and design improvements

All  three handsets feature a metal build for that stylish look. The Galaxy A3 and A5 smartphones have bigger displays than their predecessors. The Galaxy A3 features a 4.7-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels whereas the 5.2-inch Full HD Galaxy A5 sports a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels. The trio has dual-SIM options.

Samsung Pay support  

With the Galaxy A series, Samsung kept its promise to expand Samsung Pay beyond expensive Galaxy phones. Both the new generation Galaxy A7 and A5 support MST technology. This will enable users to make payments using Samsung’s digital payment system. The duo also sports a fingerprint scanner.  

Faster Processor and more RAM

Samsung has yet to provide full details about the processors. A report in NDTV Gadgets indicates Samsung has overhauled the clock speed or the cores of the processors in all three smartphones.  All of them also enjoy more RAM, resulting in a smoother user interface and faster multitasking.

The Galaxy A3 (2016), A5 and A7 house 1.5 GB, 2 GB and 3 GB of RAM. All three smartphones house 16 GB of native storage with expandable memory up to 128 GB via microSD slot

OIS in camera sensors

The addition of optical image stabilisation (OIS) in the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) is one of the major changes Samsung brought into the camera department.

Newer OS and better battery

All three handsets will be shipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. There’s no confirmation from Samsung if the new handsets will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Samsung has considerably upgraded the batteries on its new Galaxy A (2016) series. The new generation Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 house 2300 mAh, 2900 mAh and 3300 mAh batteries, respectively. The previous iteration of Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7 were shipped with 1900 mAh, 2300 mAh and 2600 mAh batteries, respectively.  

Better connectivity

Samsung has ensured the Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016) offer faster LTE connectivity over its antecedents. Both smartphones support LTE Cat. 6, supporting a maximum download speed of 300 Mbps. 

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