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Samsung's new Galaxy A series is really, really ridiculously good looking

Samsung's midrange phones take their beauty cues from its flagship products and the results are affordable lookalikes with premium finishing.

Aloysius Low
Aloysius Low is a Senior Editor at CNET covering mobile and Asia. Based in Singapore, he loves playing Dota 2 when he can spare the time and is also the owner-minion of two adorable cats.
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Samsung's 2017 Galaxy A series of midrange phones look a lot like their more expensive flagship counterparts, bringing you quality at a much more affordable price. The Samsung Galaxy A5 features premium design with a metal frame and glass back. It features front and back 16-megapixel cameras as well as IP68 water and dust resistance.

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If you can't tolerate fingerprints on your gadgets, you'll want to avoid the black version of this phone. Smudges are a lot more obvious on the glass rear.

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The new phones leap into the future with the more modern USB Type-C connector.

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As with other Samsung phones, the SIM card tray is located at the top.

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If you want something larger, there's always the Samsung Galaxy A7 with its 5.7-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display.

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The phone also sports a fingerprint sensor and Samsung Pay.

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Like the A5, the A7 has a front and rear 16-megapixel camera.

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A draggable floating shutter button makes it even easier to take selfies. You'll no longer have to stretch your thumb to reach the default shutter key.

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The new phones shine with Samsung's beautiful design.

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There are three colors to choose from: gold, black and peach.

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Here's what they look like from the back.

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These phones quite the punch in both design and features. They could be worth getting if you don't want to splash out on a flagship.

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