Samsung Galaxy A Series goes official with water resistance and USB-C

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Just ahead of CES 2017 tomorrow, Samsung has released details on its latest collection of mid-range Android smartphones – the Galaxy A series.

At the top of the new lineup is the new Galaxy A7, with a large 5.7-inch 1080p AMOLED panel. Under the hood is a 1.9GHz octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 16MP cameras on the front and back, both at f/1.9. Along with that, it also offers USB-C for charging, wireless charging, a huge 3,600 mAh battery, and also a fingerprint sensor.

The updated Samsung Galaxy A5 rocks the same 5.2-inch, 1080p display from last year. Externally, the familiar metal and glass build now includes a fast-charging equipped USB-C connector, along with an IP68 water and dust resistance. Under the hood, the phone receives a few spec bumps, with 3GB of RAM, a faster 1.9GHz octa-core processor, and a larger 3,000 mAh battery. The new A5 also gets some camera upgrades, with new 16-megapixel cameras on front and back, capable of better low light, faster autofocus, and sharper selfies.

Last, there’s the Samsung Galaxy A3. This mid-range device brings a 4.7-inch 720p SuperAMOLED display, a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage, Android Marshmallow, and a smaller 2,350 mAh battery. Like the others, it also offers IP68 water/dust protection and a fingerprint sensor.

All three devices also support Samsung Pay, microSD cards, and LTE Cat 6. Availability for the Galaxy A series will start in mid-January in Russia and expand to other markets over time.