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New Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 unveiled with fingerprint readers, OIS cameras

by Jacob Kleinman | December 2, 2015December 2, 2015 10:30 am PDT

Samsung won’t announce another flagship phone until early next year, but the company had one more mobile surprise up its sleeve for 2015. The Galaxy A (2016) series of smartphones was revealed this morning with upgraded specs and a few exciting new features, and it includes three new devices.

The refreshed Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 both sport fingerprint readers, adding an extra level of security along with support for Samsung Pay. The new phones also include an upgraded rear camera with optical image stabilization. The sleek metal design hasn’t changed much, but it’s a bit less rigid and little curvier to match the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5.

The rest of the specs are pretty mid-range, though they should be perfectly fine in most situations. The Galaxy A7 (2016) packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, an octa-core processor, a 3300mAh fast charging battery, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. The upgraded Galaxy A5 offers similar hardware, but with a smaller 5.2-inch screen, a 2900mAh battery and 2GB of RAM.

Finally, the new Galaxy A3 cuts back even further with a 4.7-inch 720p display, a quad-core chip, 1.5GB of RAM and a 2300mAh battery. The smaller phone is also missing Samsung Pay support.

All three phones are set to launch in China later this month before expanding to the rest of the world. There’s still no word on pricing, though we’re guessing the cost will be pretty low to match these mid-range specs.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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