Following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung can’t afford to mess anything up this year and it has decided to kickoff 2017 with the Galaxy A-series smartphones. The 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3 are packed with new features for folks who don’t want to spend high-end money on a phone, most notably fast-charging USB-C tech and a water-resistant metal body. Both phones have better front and back cameras with faster autofocus and better low-light capabilities, giving them more appeal for the social media and selfie set.
The 2017 Galaxy A5 now has 16-megapixel f/1.9 front and rear cameras, and its RAM has been bumped up to 3GB of RAM from 2GB, a faster 1.9GHz octa-core processor and a slightly larger 3,000 mAh battery with fast USB-C charging. As before, it packs a metal, glass-backed body, but it now has IP68 water and dust resistance, meaning it’ll stand up to rain and dust, even though you can’t swim with it.
The new 720p Galaxy A3, meanwhile, has a 13-megapixel rear camera, as before, but now packs a larger front 8-megapixel selfie camera. RAM goes up from 1.5GB to 2.0GB and the battery is a slightly larger 2,350 mAh and fast-charging, again thanks to USB-C. Both devices now have “enhanced” MicroSD, letting you add up to 256GB of storage, along with Android 6, an always-on display and Samsung Pay support. You can get them in four colors: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.
The Galaxy A3 and A5 will cost around $350 and $450, respectively and will soon be launched in Uganda,