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Samsung's new Galaxy A phones are a perfect New Year's pick-me-up

There's more to life than looking good, and this series proves it with water resistant features and front and rear 16-megapixel camera.

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Samsung has loads to prove after an explosive 2016. Fortunately the company's new Galaxy A series of phones could be the perfect pick-me-up before its next big reveal at Mobile World Congress in a few months.

The new A3, A5 and A7 sport ridiculously good looks inherited from the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7. They als0 come loaded with IP68 dust and water resistance.

While the A5 and A7 sport similar features with their front and rear 16-megapixel cameras, the A3 takes a slight hit with a 13-megapixel rear and front 8-megapixel shooter. A more detailed breakdown is available in the table below.

If selfies are just too much work for you, Samsung has also tweaked its camera UI to introduce a free-floating shutter button you can drag around the screen. That'll make it easier than ever to take pictures of your face.

I spent some time with the A5 and A7 and came away impressed with the quality of the phones. They feel as good as high-end flagships, thanks to their metal frames and glass rears.

Quick specs

  • 4.7-inch HD display (A3), 5.2-inch full-HD display (A5), 5.7-inch full-HD display (A7)
  • Android 6.0 (all)
  • USB Type-C (all)
  • microSD support up to 256GB (all)
  • Available in black, gold or peach

Inside, the phones sport a lower-end Exynos processor. That's equivalent to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 series, though we'll need to do some proper benchmarking tests to see which chip is better.

One last thing to note: The phone comes with Android Marshmallow (6.01), not the latest Nougat update. This may not be a big deal but Samsung couldn't confirm when the phones will be updated.

The new phones are set to hit Europe and Asia first, with no word just yet on when they'll be available stateside. In Singapore, the A5 and A7 will sell S$548 (approximately $380, £310 or AU$520) and S$648 -- or around $450, £365 and AU$615.

Hardware specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy A3 Samsung Galaxy A5 Samsung Galaxy A7
Display size, resolution 4.7-inch; 1,280x720 pixels 5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.7-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 312ppi 386ppi 424ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.33x2.61x0.31 in 5.75x2.81x0.31 in 6.17x3.06x0.31 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 135.4x66.2x7.9 mm 146.1x71.4x7.9 mm 156.8x77.6x7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) N/A N/A N/A
Mobile software Android 6.01 Marshmallow Android 6.01 Marshmallow Android 6.01 Marshmallow
Camera 13-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video capture Full-HD Full-HD Full-HD
Processor 1.6GHz Octa Core 1.9GHz Octa Core, Exynos 7880 1.9GHz Octa Core, Exynos 7880
Storage 16GB 32GB 32GB
RAM 2GB 3GB 3GB
Expandable storage 256GB 256GB 256GB
Battery 2,350mAh (nonremovable) 3,000mAh (nonremovable) 3,600mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor Home button Home button Home button
Connector USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C
Special features Water resistant Water resistant Water resistant

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