Samsung Unveils the New 2017 Galaxy A-Series in Pakistan - Information Technology News

Samsung Unveils the New 2017 Galaxy A-Series in Pakistan

At an event held in Lahore on Friday, Samsung has now officially announced the new 2017 A series smartphone lineup in Pakistan. Gathered at the event was the top management of Samsung such as the President of Samsung Pakistan, Mr. J.H Lee and the Head of Mobiles for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Mr. Umar Ghuman.

 

 

Updated Galaxy A Series

Samsung’s 2017 A series of smartphones brings a lot of changes to the table, with the most notable and practical one being the dust and water resistance. To be more specific, the new 2017 A series features IP68 dust and water protection rating which means you can basically submerge your phone under water for 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5m.

 

 

Following the footsteps of its flagship siblings, the A series now also comes with a reversible USB Type-C connector. Also, by taking advantage of the Super AMOLED display, the A series will also includes the Always-On display. Unfortunately, the trade-off is that you won’t have an LED notification light.

 

 

All 3 smartphones in the line-up come with four color options:

  • Black Sky
  • Gold Sand
  • Peach Cloud
  • Blue Mist

 

 

Now, let’s take a closer look at each of the smartphone available in the 2017 A series.

1. Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

 

 

Out of the three smartphones in the A series line-up, the A3 2017 is the smallest and cheapest. Coming in at just 4.7-inches, the display sports a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels resulting in about 312ppi. The RAM is 2Gb and the internal memory is a not-so-impressive 16GB which is further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The A3 2017 is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor along with 2GB of RAM.

 

 

The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 is available at leading retail and online stores at a price of Rs. 37,500.

Technical Specifications:

  • Processor:  Exynos 7870, Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Display: 
    • Size: 4.7-inch display
    • Resolution: 720 x 1280 (312ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 2 GB
    • Internal Storage: 16GB
    • MicroSD slot: Yes, expandable by up to 256GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13MP camera, f/1.9, LED flash
    • Secondary: 8MP, f/1.9
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
  • Sensors: Fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Battery: 2,350 mAh
  • Price: Rs. 37,500/-

2. Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

 

 

Coming in as a mid-tier device in the A series line-up, the A5 2017 sports a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 which results in about 424ppi. It is powered by an octa-core 1.9GHz processor along with 3GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you get 32GB internally which can be further expanded to 256GB via a microSD card.

 

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is available at leading retail and online stores at a price of Rs. 47,000.

Technical Specifications:

  • Processor:  Exynos 7880, Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 157g
  • Display: 
    • Size: 5.2-inch display
    • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 (424ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3 GB
    • Internal Storage: 32GB
    • MicroSD slot: Yes, expandable by up to 256GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 16MP camera, f/1.9, 27mm, LED flash, 1080p @30fps
    • Secondary: 16MP, f/1.9, 1080p
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, NFC
  • Sensors: Fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Price: Rs. 47,000/-

3. Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

 

 

Over the A5 2017, the A7 does not have much to boast about except the bumped up battery, which is 3,600mAh. The screen size also gets an upgrade to a huge 5.7-inch which is still full-HD and Super AMOLED. Apart from these differences, everything is the same as you would find on the A5 2017.

 

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is available at leading retail and online stores at a price of Rs. 55,000.

Technical Specifications:

  • Processor:  Exynos 7880, Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 186g
  • Display: 
    • Size: 5.7-inch display
    • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 (386ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3 GB
    • Internal Storage: 32GB
    • MicroSD slot: Yes, expandable by up to 256GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 16MP camera, f/1.9, 27mm, LED flash, 1080p @30fps
    • Secondary: 16MP, f/1.9, 1080p
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, NFC
  • Sensors: Fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Battery: 3,600 mAh
  • Price: Rs. 55,000/-

Initial Thoughts

The new A-series smartphones are completely redesigned and features some very high-end build quality. With water-proofing, Type-C, amazing cameras, fingerprint scanners and a refined software, it is no doubt that the 2017 A series will also prove to be a huge success in Pakistan.

Without doubt, the 2017 A series brings a lot of improvements over the last year’s model and is a must have upgrade for those who are out in the market for a new smartphone. Out of the three however, for me, the Galaxy A5 2017 seems like the best pick. Over the A3 2017, you get much better specifications for the money. The reason why I wouldn’t pick the A7 2017 over the A5 2017 however is that it just doesn’t have enough to offer over what the A5 2017 already brings to the table. Sure, the screen size is larger and it accommodates a larger battery, but you are also cutting down on usability, due to the larger screen, and the pixels per inch. With the 5.2-inch screen, the A5 2017 hits the sweet spot and is a no-brainer.

However, is the A5 2017 capable enough? Is it worth to spend the extra cash over the A3? Or is the A7 hiding some trick up its sleeve and is actually the best out of the three? To answer those questions, ProPakistani will be doing a review soon enough so keep watching this space for more on the 2017 A series!

What are your thoughts on the newly announced 2017 Galaxy A series smartphones in Pakistan? Will you be getting one? Let us know in the comments below!

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