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HolidayBuyer's Guide

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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