Samsung Galaxy A (2016) series unveiled

Samsung has updated is beautiful mid-range phones...
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Samsung Galaxy A (2016) series unveiled

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 are two of the best-looking mid-range phones you can get. Now Samsung has unveiled updated versions – Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) – and they look even better.

The new design has been inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S6, with smoother corners and an edge-to-edge screen giving the three new phones a minimalist look.

It’s not just cosmetic changes, though, so let’s take a look inside Samsung’s new A series.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

First up is the baby of the bunch, the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016).

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

Compared to the current Galaxy A3, the new one has a slightly bigger screen – 4.7-inches, up from 4.5-inches – with a much higher resolution. It now shows everything in HD, which should be a great upgrade.

Round the back, the camera’s been upgraded from 8MP to 13MP, while the front camera stays at 5MP. And both cameras have Samsung’s new f1.9 aperture lens, so your photos should look much brighter and more colourful.

There’s now a new 1.5GHz quad core processor keeping everything running smoothly, and the battery is more than 20% bigger so you can enjoy things for longer.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

Next we have the middle of the mid-range, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016).

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

Again, Samsung has upped the screen size. This time it’s gone from 5-inches to 5.2-inches. And again the resolution has been taken up from HD to Full HD. That adds up to a screen that’ll be perfect for games and movies.

The new Galaxy A5 (2016) also has better cameras on the front and back than its predecessor. While both have 13MP rear cameras, the one in the new phone has optical image stabilisation. And the 5MP front and 13MP rear cameras both come with Samsung’s new wide aperture lens for brighter photos.

Speed is where you’ll notice the biggest jump, though. The A5 (2015) has an impressive 1.6GHz octa core processor, rather than the 1.2GHz quad core one found in the old phone.

The battery should also last a lot longer. It now weighs in at 2,900mAh compared to 2,300mAh in the old A5.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Finally, there’s the biggest of Samsung’s new A range, the Galaxy A7 (2016).

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

The A7 (2016) bucks Samsung’s trend of making the A range bigger. Instead, the new phone keeps the 5.5-inch Full HD screen of the original A7 – undoubtedly with a few tweaks to make it look better.

On the camera front, the new A7 has the same 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras as the old one. But now the rear camera has optical image stabilisation and both have Samsung’s f1.9 lenses, so photos should still look a lot better.

The Galaxy A7 (2016) has the same 1.6GHz octa core processor as the Galaxy A5 (2015), so will run very smoothly, even if you like to multitask.

But it’s the battery that’s had the biggest upgrade. The new A7 has a 3,300mAh cell, while the old A7 made do with just 2,600mAh. That’ll give you plenty of time to enjoy your favourite apps.

When will the Galaxy A (2016) series launch?

Samsung has said the new Galaxy A range will hit China before Christmas and then roll out to the rest of the world. So it’s likely we won’t see them here in the UK until next year.

And that’s all we know about the phones so far. What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy A (2016)? Will you be getting one? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll have a full review of the phones up as soon as we can get hold of them.

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