Samsung’s Galaxy A series gets a new addition with better specs

Samsung's new Galaxy A7 is the best of its midrange devices. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s new Galaxy A7 is the best of its midrange devices. Photo: Samsung

Samsung today added a new smartphone to its midrange Galaxy A series, and it’s by far the best one so far. It’s called the Galaxy A7, and it has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with full 1o80p resolution, a 64-bit processor, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.

While the Galaxy A7 may be a midrange handset, its specifications are good enough to compete with many 2014 flagships. In addition to the 5.5-inch Full HD display — the largest display available from the Galaxy A series — the A7 boasts 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot, a 2,600mAh battery, and 4G LTE connectivity.

The A7 also comes with two different processors depending on which market you buy it in; there’s a single-SIM variant that’s powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 5430 chipset, and a dual-SIM model that packs Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor. We expect the latter to be the most common of the two.

Other highlights of the A7 include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz user interface — which includes features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, Private Mode, “Beaty Face,” and more.

Like the rest of the handsets in the Galaxy A series, the A7 also sports a metallic design that measures just 6.3mm thick.

The A7 will be available in Europe towards the end of the first quarter of 2015, priced at €509 (approx. $600). Samsung hasn’t yet announced launch dates for other markets.