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Samsung tips the midrange A3, A5, and A7 phones at CES, but not for the US

Written by Kamil Arli

According to the pcmag, Samsung’s Galaxy A series  are seriously good looking

Samsung’s mobile division has been quite shy at CES this year, not scheduling meetings or talking up its products much. And the company certainly has a challenge, as shown by the confused fellow I met at the Samsung CES booth who said that American Airlines took away his Galaxy S7 phone because it might explode—not the Note 7, the perfectly safe S7.


But Samsung did announce some new phones at CES, and they look good. The Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 are new midrange handsets, and they take some of the design language from the Galaxy S7 and bring them to much less expensive devices.

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The smallest of the three, the A3 (above, left) is a 4.7-inch phone with the curved edges and glimmering design of the Galaxy S7. It has midrange, but respectable specs: 13-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot, an octo-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 processor, and a rather small 2,350mAh battery. But the key here is how good it feels to hold, and how bright the little 720p screen is. If you care more about portability and design than ultimate performance, the A3 feels fast enough, and its smooth unibody is a joy to hold.

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These phones will compete with LG’s K Series, which we saw earlier this week at CES, and I think Samsung has the lead on design. LG offers removable batteries, which, undoubtedly, will be important to some. But by going unibody with sealed-in batteries, Samsung manages to make midrange phones that look like much more expensive devices. I’m pretty sure that a layperson wouldn’t be able to tell an A5 and a Galaxy S7 apart. Both phones integrate Samsung Pay, which works with standard credit card terminals, not just NFC terminals—a cool added feature.

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Unfortunately, it does not appear as though the A-series will come to the US, and that’s a shame. These phones could do very well here.

Source: pcmag

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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