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 2016A5 2016A7 2016
Dimensions (mm)134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3144.8 x 71.0 x 7.3151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3
Weight (g)132155172
Display Size4.7″5.2″5.5″
ResolutionHD 1280×720FHD 1920×1080FHD 1920×1080
Display TypeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Processor1.5 GHz Quad Core1.6GHz Octa Core1.6GHz Octa Core
Storage16GB [Expandable]16GB [Expandable]16GB [Expandable]
Rear Camera13MP, f/1.913MP, f/1.9, OIS13MP, f/1.9, OIS
Front Camera5MP, f/1.95MP, f/1.95MP, f/1.9
Support for MST
(Magnetic Stripe Technology)?
Fingerprint SensorNoYesYes
Fast Charging
Fast Charging
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

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] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).