Samsung releases water-resistant Galaxy A smartphones

Tech giant Samsung has unveiled three new phones in its Galaxy A range - the Galaxy A7 2017, A5 2017, and A3 2017. The A-series of smartphones usually gives us more budget versions of the company’s Galaxy flagships, but this is the first time they’ve included any waterproofing.

The three of them are IP68 certified, meaning they're both dust and water resistant.

They're all just as stylish as the rest of the Galaxy range, with a design almost identical to the Galaxy S7 - think glossy backs, lozenge-shaped home buttons, and rounded corners. This time around though, they're available in snazzier colours - Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, and Peach Cloud - and have a more up-to-date USB-C port.

The A7 is the biggest of the three, with a 5.7-inch, 1080p screen. The A5 is a little smaller at 5.2 inches - though still with a 1080p resolution - and the A3 is an even smaller 4.7 inches, though with a 720p resolution. All the displays are Samsung's usual Super AMOLED, meaning crisp lines and excellent colours.

Both the A7 and A5 have near-identical specs: octa-core Exynos chipset, 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM, and 16MP cameras on both the front and the back.

The A3, meanwhile, still has the powerful octa-core processors, but has lower memory (16GB storage and 2GB RAM) and 8MP cameras.

The cameras aren't as good as the ones on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones - this is an area where corners have been cut to keep the price down - but do look decent enough to take a good photo with.

There's no word on when the phones will be released or how much they'll cost, but then 2016 versions cost £299 for the A3 and £303 for the A5 - so we can expect prices to be similar to those. The A7 wasn't released in the UK at all and it looks like that's the case this time around as well.

Source: Wired

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