Samsung Launches the 2016 A Series: A3, A5, A7

Samsung Launches the 2016 A Series: A3, A5, A7

Samsung has taken the wraps off their initial product lineup going into the new year of 2016. This brings a refresh to the 2015 lineup of the A series of smartphones with the launch of the A3 2016, A5 2016 and A7 2016.

Nevermind the fact that there is still one month to go for 2016 to begin, the 2016 A series brings a broad scale addition of fingerprint sensors and hardware for MST support (for Samsung Pay), as well optical image stabilization.

Here’s a quick run-down of the mentioned specs of the new devices:

A3 2016 A5 2016 A7 2016
Dimensions (mm) 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 144.8 x 71.0 x 7.3 151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3
Weight (g) 132 155 172
Display Size 4.7″ 5.2″ 5.5″
Resolution HD 1280×720 FHD 1920×1080 FHD 1920×1080
Display Type Super AMOLED Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
Processor 1.5 GHz Quad Core 1.6GHz Octa Core 1.6GHz Octa Core
Storage 16GB [Expandable] 16GB [Expandable] 16GB [Expandable]
Rear Camera 13MP, f/1.9 13MP, f/1.9, OIS 13MP, f/1.9, OIS
Front Camera 5MP, f/1.9 5MP, f/1.9 5MP, f/1.9
Support for MST
(Magnetic Stripe Technology)?
No Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No Yes Yes
Battery 2,300mAh 2,900mAh
Fast Charging
Fast Charging
OS Touchwiz
Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop
Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop
Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop

For its design, the A series lineup is working along the new flagship design, incorporating metal and glass for the body. The bezels have also been further shaved off, increasing the overall screen to body ratio of the devices.

The A3 definitely appears to be the odd man out in the new lineup, as it has neither a fingerprint sensor, nor support for MST, and neither does it have OIS. Samsung has also not provided detailed information regarding the processor used in all of these devices, so the difference could become much more pronounced.

Nonetheless, the A series refresh offers incremental upgrades to the 2015 lineup, bringing the hardware up to par for newer uses of technology. Pricing for all the devices has not been revealed, so judgement has to be held off on whether these devices are worth the price they ask. The 2016 A series will launch in China in mid-December 2015, with global expansion slated for 2016.

What are your thoughts on the 2016 A-series? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. 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 and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).

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