Samsung Introduces Galaxy A-series 2017 with IP68 Rating and USB Type-C

Samsung Introduces Galaxy A-series 2017 with IP68 Rating and USB Type-C

Starting the new year with a bang (a figurative one, for now), Samsung has launched the next iteration of its mid range lineup. The A-series smartphones spread across three different screen sizes and configurations in order to help Samsung’s brand in lower price brackets.

The main highlights this year with the A-series is that all of the phones in this lineup are now bearing IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. Further, all the phones come with a USB Type-C port, making them better equipped for the future. Other common features across the devices include the fingerprint sensor on the front home button, Super AMOLED display, Dual SIM options and Samsung Pay with MST functionality.

The phones also sport the same design language, just in different sizes as has been the trend with the A-series. You get an aluminum mid-frame on the device, followed along with glass on the back. This means that you do not have the privilege of removable batteries that once used to be commonplace, although you do get microSD expandability up to 256GB. Samsung’s press release is also silent on the exact specifics of the SoC used in each of these devices as well. The speakers on the devices are also unconventionally placed on the right hand side near the power button, instead of the bottom of the mid-frame.

Galaxy A3 2017Galaxy A5 2017Galaxy A7 2017
Display4.7″ HD5.2″ FHD5.7″ FHD
Processor1.6 GHz, Octa Core1.9 GHz, Octa Core1.9 GHz, Octa Core
Internal Storage16GB32GB32GB
Rear Camera13MP, f/1.916MP, f/1.916MP, f/1.9
Front Camera8MP, f/1.916MP, f/1.916MP, f/1.9
Battery2350 mAh3000 mAh3600 mAh
Fast ChargingNoYesYes

The most disappointing part of the phones is perhaps Samsung’s decision to release the devices with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with their Touchwiz skin. OEMs often support devices up to a limited major Android releases, so even if the devices do receive Android 7.1 Nougat in a timely manner, this will count against the device’s future-proofing. Of course, since this is a Samsung device, so you also get KNOX functionality out of the box.

The Galaxy A series devices will be available in Russia in early-January and then expand on to global markets. Pricing information is unknown at this stage.

Assuming that the SoC is the same on the A5 2017 and the A7 2017, the A5 2017 makes for a good mid range device that is not handicapped in terms of specs when compared to its larger brother. The exact SoC will determine if the device can stand against flagships at all, but we are not holding our breaths on this one.

What are your thoughts on the 2017 A-series devices from Samsung? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
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I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]