Samsung kicks off 2017 with new Galaxy A devices


Samsung just announced the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2017 editions for Singapore. These smartphones are positioned for the mainstream audiences. They feature considerably high end specifications but are priced affordably. 

The 2017 Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 are almost identical in their specifications. The only difference is that the A5 is designed with a 5.2 inch SUPER AMOLED display, while the A7 holds a larger 5.7 inch version. Because of the difference in the size of the phones, Samsung was also able to fit a larger 3,600mAh capacity battery in the A7. The A5 still holds a considerably large 3,000mAh battery that is geared for a full-day usage experience.

Rear : 16MP Camera is LED Flash

Left:Volume buttons and MicroSD Card Slot trays

Bottom: USB Type C Port  and 3.5mm Audio Jack

Top: SIM Card Slot

Right: Power Button and Main Speaker

High End Specifications for Mainstream Devices

Samsung has essentially brought many high end specifications from the Samsung Galaxy S series down to the A series as well. For example, the new Galaxy A5 and A7 are now IP68 certified. This means that these devices are actually water and dust resistant! They have also designed both smartphone to have 16MP cameras on the front and the rear. This makes high resolution selfie shots possible. This feature is sure to be a hit with users who love selfies. The new Galaxy A devices are also equipped with the security features from the S series, which allows it to support Samsung Pay as well.


Galaxy A5 VS Galaxy A7 (2017)


Sample Photos - Low light room conditions

Front Camera

Rear Camera

Rear Camera
The detailed Press Release is attached below.

Samsung Introduces the New Galaxy A (2017) – Stylish, Powerful and Practical with Enhanced Cameras



Singapore, 4 January, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Singapore today announced the latest Galaxy A series smartphones – the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017). Offering two screen size options – 5.2-inch for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and 5.7-inch for the Galaxy A7 (2017), the latest line-up comes with refinements that are a blend of stylish design, powerful performance and ultimate convenience.

“At Samsung, we strive to provide our customers with innovative devices integrated with enriching features that complements users’ lifestyles,” said Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore. “The latest Galaxy A series is a testament to this, where we have combined design form and style with the features that our Galaxy customers have come to love, to provide them with more in their smartphone use.”

Refined Design Paired with Enhanced Camera Capabilities
The new Galaxy A (2017) draws on Samsung’s premium design heritage – it features a premium metal frame and 3D glass back. Equipped with sleek camera and home keys, the device design is more streamlined and seamless than ever, providing users with a more comfortable hold and grip.
Taking selfies on-the-go with the Galaxy A (2017) has also never been easier. Sporting enhanced front-facing and rear 16MP cameras, the Galaxy A (2017) offers unmatched camera capabilities for users to capture important memories. With accurate autofocus providing more stable capturing of images, photos and selfies taken are more vibrant and clear, even in low-light conditions. Users can touch anywhere on the Galaxy A (2017)’s screen to easily snap a high-resolution selfie with the floating shutter, while using the screen display as a front flash for brighter images. The Galaxy A (2017)’s cameras also offers a simplified UX for users, including easy swiping to quickly change modes, or instant filters to activate picture effects. Users can also leverage modes such as Food Mode, to optimise photos and enhance the colour of images.

Increased Functionality with Advanced Security
With the Galaxy A (2017), everyday tasks will be less of a hassle for users, with its suitability for nearly any activity or situation. For the first time on the Galaxy A series, the smartphones are equipped with IP681-certified water and dust resistant capabilities, allowing it to withstand elements including rain, sweat, sand and dust. Additionally, the Galaxy A (2017) also offers users larger memory space on the device, with 32GB of internal storage2 and expandable storage of up to 256GB with its microSD slot3. With added usage flexibility, users will not need to worry about running out of space to store their content on their device.

The Galaxy A (2017) also enables users to enjoy versatility in its use – with a longer battery life and Fast Charging capabilities, the smartphones are ideal for active mobile lifestyles. Equipped with a reversible USB Type-C port, the Galaxy A (2017) provides users with easy connectivity including hassle-free charging. Its Always-On Display feature also gives users a simplified, zero touch
experience, where users can quickly glance at the time and their calendar without having to wake
their device up.

The Galaxy A (2017) keeps security at the top-of-mind. Equipped with Samsung Pay, users can make
safe and secure mobile payments without limits4 almost anywhere5 with their devices, through
Samsung’s proprietary Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology and Near Field
Communication (NFC). Approved as NFC-enabled devices for transit use in Singapore, users of the
Galaxy A (2017) can also travel effortlessly with the EZ-Link Card6 that is activated in Samsung Pay.

Users can also easily back up and transfer their data and images through Samsung Cloud, or even
opt to separate their private data and keep the contents safe in a Secure Folder, which is based on
industry-leading7 Samsung Knox security platform and supports biometric authentication for an
additional layer of security.

Local Pricing and Availability
The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) will be available from 21 January 2017 at the
recommended retail price of $548 and $648 respectively, inclusive of GST. They will be available in
three stylish colours – Black Sky, Gold Sand and Peach Cloud – at local telecommunications
operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorised mobile retailers and Samsung Experience
Stores.

Launching together with the Galaxy A (2017) is the Galaxy A (2017) Neon Flip Cover, available in
Black, Gold, Pink and Blue at the recommended retail price of $78.



Galaxy A5 (2017) Product Specifications:




Galaxy A5 (2017)





OS

AndroidTM 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)







4G LTE Cat.6 up to 300Mbps / 4G LTE FDD [B1 (2100MHz), B2 (1900MHz), B3 (1800 MHz),



B4 (AWS 1700/2100 MHz), B5 (850 MHz), B7 (2600 MHz), B8 (900 MHz), B17 (700 MHz), B20



(800 MHz), B28 (700 MHz)] / 4G LTE TDD [B38 (2600 MHz), B40 (2300 MHz), B41 (2500

Network

MHz)] / 3.5G (HSPA+ up to 42.2Mbps) / 3G [B1 (2100 MHz), B2 (1900 MHz), B4 (AWS), B5



(850 MHz), B8 (900 MHz)] / EDGE / GPRS Class 33 / GSM Quad-band (850 / 900 / 1800 /



1900 MHz) / VoLTE / Dual SIM7 [4G LTE Cat 6 + 2G (to be upgraded to 4G LTE Cat 6 + 3G via



software update), Nano SIM]



Dimension

146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9mm, 159g





Processor

1.9GHz Octa Core





Memory2

RAM: 3GB, Internal Memory: 32GB, External Memory: microSD up to 256GB3





Display

5.2” 16M colours FHD (1920 x 1080) full-touch (C-type) SUPER AMOLED, Always-on Display







Rear: 16MP [f1.9, Quick Launch, 4X Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED Flash, Default Modes:



Food, HDR (Rich Tone), Hyperlapse, Night, Panorama, Pro Mode, Downloadable Modes:



Animated GIF & Sports Shot, Filters: 8 Basics effects and 8 Beauty effects]

Camera





Front: 16MP (f1.9, Quick Launch, Gesture Control, Floating Shutter, Selfie Flash, Default



Modes; Selfie, Wide Selfie, Night Mode, Downloadable Modes: Animated GIF & Sports Shot,



Filters: 8 Basics effects and 8 Beauty effects



Battery

3,000mAh, Fast Charging





Talk Time9

Up to 16hrs (3G)







Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct®, Bluetooth® 4.2, ANT+, USB Type-C,

Connectivity

NFC (UICC, eSE), Smart View, Android Beam™, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Smart Switch PC,



Smart SwitchMobile





Sensors

Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity


Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor










Format Supported:

Audio

MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, OTA, MP3,



AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC+, eAAC+, Vorbis, Opus







Player: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) | @30fps

Video

Recording: FHD (1920x1080), 1:1 (1072x1072), HD (1280x720), VGA (640x480), MP4


Format Supported: MP4, M4V, 3GP, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, H.263, H.264






(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8, VP9, H.265 (HEVC)



Water

Water & Dust Resistant (IP681)

Resistance











NFC and MST for Samsung Pay, Samsung Knox, , Dual SIM8 support, Secure Folder,



Samsung Cloud, Find My Mobile, Blue Light Filter, Ultra Data Saving Mode10 (Data



compression powered by Opera Max™), FM Radio, Galaxy Apps / Google Play™, Calendar,

Additional

Voice Recorder, S Voice11, S Health12, Device Management, mySamsung, Smart Tutor,

Features &

Samsung Notes, SIM Card Manager (Adaptive callback, Dual SIM always on), Chrome™

Services

Browser / Android™ Browser, Google™ Search, Hangouts™, Google Drive™, Google



Photos™, Google Maps™, Google Play™ Music, Google Play™ Movies & TV,



Youtube™,Gmail™ Microsoft Word®, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, Microsoft



OneDrive®, Microsoft OneNote®





Galaxy A7 (2017) Product Specifications:




Galaxy A7 (2017)





OS

AndroidTM 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)







4G LTE Cat.6 up to 300Mbps / 4G LTE FDD [B1 (2100MHz), B2 (1900MHz), B3 (1800 MHz),



B4 (AWS), B5 (850 MHz), B7 (2600 MHz), B8 (900 MHz), B17 (700 MHz), B20 (800 MHz), B28



(700 MHz)] / 4G LTE TDD [B38 (2600 MHz), B40 (2300 MHz), B41 (2500 MHz)] / 3.5G (HSPA+

Network

up to 42.2Mbps) / 3G [B1 (2100 MHz), B2 (1900 MHz), B4 (AWS 1700/2100 MHz), B5 (850



MHz), B8 (900 MHz)] / EDGE / GPRS Class 33 / GSM Quad-band (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900



MHz) / VoLTE / Dual SIM7 [4G LTE Cat 6 + 2G (to be upgraded to 4G LTE Cat 6 + 3G via



software update), Nano SIM]



Dimension

156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9mm, 186g





Processor

1.9GHz Octa Core





Memory2

RAM: 3GB, Internal Memory: 32GB, External Memory: microSD up to 256GB3





Display

5.7” 16M colours FHD (1920 x 1080) full-touch (C-type) SUPER AMOLED, Always-on Display







Rear: 16MP [f1.9, Quick Launch, 4X Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED Flash, Default Modes:



Food, HDR (Rich Tone), Hyperlapse, Night, Panorama, Pro Mode, Downloadable Modes:

Camera

Animated GIF & Sports Shot, Filters: 8 Basics effects and 8 Beauty effects]


Front: 16MP (f1.9, Quick Launch, Gesture Control, Floating Shutter, Selfie Flash, Default






Modes; Selfie, Wide Selfie, Night Mode, Downloadable Modes: Animated GIF & Sports Shot,



Filters: 8 Basics effects and 8 Beauty effects



Battery

3,600mAh, Fast Charging





Talk Time9

Up to 23hrs (3G)







Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct®, Bluetooth® 4.2, ANT+, USB Type-C,

Connectivity

NFC (UICC, eSE), Smart View, Android Beam™, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Smart Switch PC,



Smart SwitchMobile





Sensors

Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity


Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor










Format Supported:

Audio

MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, OTA, MP3,



AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC+, eAAC+, Vorbis, Opus







Player: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) | @30fps

Video

Recording: FHD (1920x1080), 1:1 (1072x1072), HD (1280x720), VGA (640x480), MP4


Format Supported: MP4, M4V, 3GP, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, H.263, H.264






(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8, VP9, H.265 (HEVC)



Water

Water & Dust Resistant (IP681)

Resistance











NFC and MST for Samsung Pay, Samsung KNOX, , Dual SIM8 support, Secure Folder,



Samsung Cloud, Find my mobile, Blue Light Filter, Ultra Data Saving Mode10 (Data



compression powered by Opera Max™), FM Radio, Galaxy Apps / Google Play™, Calendar,

Additional

Voice Recorder, S Voice11, S Health12, Device Management, mySamsung, Smart Tutor,

Features &

Samsung Notes, SIM Card Manager (Adaptive callback, Dual SIM always on), Chrome™

Services

Browser / Android™ Browser, Google™ Search, Hangouts™, Google Drive™, Google



Photos™, Google Maps™, Google Play™ Music, Google Play™ Movies & TV, Youtube™,



Gmail™, Microsoft Word®, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, Microsoft OneDrive®,



Microsoft OneNote®





1 Dust and Water Resistant (IP68 rating) means that the device is protected against entry of solid foreign objects, and harmful ingress of static water at up to 1.5 metres, for up to 30 minutes, under certain defined test conditions. According to accredited test results; individual results may vary. Note: IP68 rating does not mean that the device is waterproof.

2 Actual user-accessible internal storage is less than specified total memory due to operating system, software, and other built-in applications, and may vary after software updates/ upgrades.
2MicroSD card sold separately.

4 Most NFC terminals currently accept payments up to $100, while there is no limit on payment transactions via MST terminals

(subject to a cardholder’s credit card limit).

5 Availability almost anywhere is based on compatibility of Samsung Pay on MST and/or NFC payment terminals, with some supported for use only after software upgrades. Samsung Pay is exclusive to selected Samsung Galaxy smartphones and smartwatches only, and available across all participating payment networks, banks, and merchants. Availability may vary, please check www.samsung.com/sg/samsungpay for updates.

6 EZ-Link Card in Samsung Pay can be used for transit payment in Singapore only with the EZ-Link NFC SIM. The EZ-Link NFC SIM is certified for use with approved NFC-enabled devices for transit in Singapore. Users require a new EZ-Link NFC SIM from their preferred operator to use EZ-Link purse for transit payment. Users can also visit http://www.ezlinknfc.com/ez-link-nfc-faqs-8/ or http://www.ezlinknfc.com/supported-phones/ for more details.

7 Samsung Knox received the most ‘Strong’ ratings of any mobile security platform in the report “Mobile Device Security: A Comparison of Platforms” from Garter, Inc. The report, published on April 6, 2016, compared the core of security features built into twelve mobile device platforms as well as enterprise management capabilities. Source of data: https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-knox-receives-most-strong-ratings-of-anysecurity-platform-in-gartner-report-mobile-device-security-a-comparision-of-platforms.

8 Only one SIM supports 4G LTE Cat 6 (up to 300Mbps) connectivity at any one time. 3G Connectivity on second SIM will be made available via software update subsequently.

9 Based on Samsung’s internal test results, and dependent on network, SIM card, usage, mode settings, battery condition and other surrounding factors and conditions.

10 Ultra Data Saving Mode saves mobile data by providing full data access only for selected priority applications and by turning off background data for other applications.

11 May not be available in all languages. Actual performance may vary, depending on language spoken, accent, pronunciation, voice level and surrounding environment.

12 Not intended for use in detection, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring or management of any medical condition or disease. Any health-related information accessed through the device(s) and/or application(s) should not be treated as medical advice. Users should seek any medical advice from a physician.

Note: Certain features, services and applications (including 4G LTE) are dependent on network connectivity and may not be available in all coverage areas. Additional data charges may apply.

Specifications are accurate as at time of print and are subject to change without prior notice. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks herein is under license. Google Play, Andriod, Google and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc. Microsoft, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Skype and ActiveSync are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Wi-Fi® and Wi-Fi Direct® are registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance. Opera, Opera Max, O logo and Opera Software logo are trademarks of Opera Software AS. All other company, product and service names mentioned herein are marks, trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of the respective owners.
 


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