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Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 2017 in a nutshell: Specs, UK price and release date

Samsung has launched three exciting new mid-range mobiles, the Galaxy A3 2017, Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017, two of which are out now in the UK. Here’s all you need to know about the new 2017 A Series phones, including full specs, how they compare to last year’s models and their UK price and release date.

Samsung’s Galaxy A Series smartphones come in a range of three sizes, with the Galaxy A3 being the smallest, the Galaxy A7 being the biggest and the Galaxy A5 sitting merrily in the middle. All three mobiles offer strong value for money and all three have been updated for 2017, with boosted specs and a serious camera upgrade.

Here’s what you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017, Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017, including their specs, UK price and release date, and how they compare to the 2016 models.

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 specs

Phone Galaxy A3 2017
Screen size 4.7-inches
Screen resolution 1280×720
Water resistant? Yes
Fingerprint sensor? Yes
OS Android 6.0
Processor Octa-core 1.6GHz (Exynos 7870)
Memory 2GB
Storage 16GB
MicroSD? Yes (up to 256GB)
Battery 2350mAh
USB Type C
Rear camera 13MP (f/1.9)
Front camera 8MP (f/1.9)

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 specs

Phone Galaxy A5 2017
Screen size 5.2-inches
Screen resolution 1920×1080
Water resistant? Yes
Fingerprint scanner? Yes
OS Android 6.0
Processor Octa-core 1.9GHz (Exynos 7880)
Memory 3GB
Storage 32GB
MicroSD? Yes (up to 256GB)
Battery 3000mAh
USB Type C
Rear camera 16MP (f/1.9)
Front camera 16MP (f/1.9)

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 specs

Phone Galaxy A7 2017
Screen size 5.7-inches
Screen resolution 1920×1080
Water resistant? Yes
Fingerprint scanner? Yes
OS Android 6.0
Processor Octa-core 1.9GHz (TBC)
Memory 3GB
Storage 32GB
MicroSD? Yes (up to 256GB)
Battery 3600mAh
USB Type C
Rear camera 16MP (f/1.9)
Front camera 16MP (f/1.9)

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017: What’s new?

Samsung’s Galaxy A3 from 2016 was a solid 4.7-inch smartphone, boasting decent cameras and a striking Super AMOLED screen for a pleasingly slender asking price. In 2017, Samsung hasn’t meddled with much of the specs, keeping the same screen size and resolution. Design wise it doesn’t look much different either, but this year’s model is water resistant and boasts a fingerprint sensor. The camera tech has also been boosted, so you can expect more detail-packed snaps.

Check out our in-depth Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 vs 2017 comparison review for more info.

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017: What’s new?

You now get dual 16-megapixel cameras packed inside the Galaxy A5 in this 2017 model, a big upgrade over the previous camera tech. The A5 2017 is also water resistant, a new feature for the Galaxy A Series. However, you still get a 5.2-inch screen with a Full HD resolution, plus a similar-sized battery and the same memory and storage space.

Take a look at our full Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 vs 2017 comparison review.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017: What’s new?

Last year’s Galaxy A7 was a 5.5-inch phone, but the 2017 update is a 5.7-inch handset just like Samsung’s ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. You still get a Full HD resolution however, while the Super AMOLED visuals are again eye-pleasingly vibrant.

This year’s Galaxy A7 is now water resistant too, with a bigger battery for increased longevity. You also get the same dual 16-megapixel cameras as the Galaxy A5 2017.

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017, A5 2017 and A7 2017 UK price and release date

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 2017 have just been released in the UK, so you can pick them up right now from UK mobile networks and direct from Samsung. Vodafone, EE and Three are all ranging these devices in the UK. Carphone Warehouse also has stock, available on the likes of EE and its own iD network.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 costs £299 SIM-free here in the UK, while the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 packs a £399 asking price.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 can be grabbed from Carphone with no upfront cost, from £21.50 per month. A 2GB EE contract with unlimited minutes and texts comes with an upfront outlay of £29.99, plus a £25.99 monthly cost.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 can be picked up with no up-front cost from £25.50 per month on iD, with 500MB of data per month. For 3GB of data you’ll need to stump up £30.99 per month, with no up-front cost.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 has no set UK release date yet and as previous models didn’t hit the UK either, you can expect to have to import the A7.

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