News by Josh Dasey on Tuesday December 08, 2015.
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Samsung launched the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 2016 editions last week, but the company was not specific on when the devices would be released. The South Korean giant said China would get the handsets first during this month, with other markets to follow in January. Now a leak has revealed the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 will land in Europe.A Dutch retailer has the two smartphones listed on its website for a January 8th launch, although the larger and more upscale Galaxy A7 is not listed. Whether that means the A7 is not coming to Europe (evoking harsh memories of the Galaxy Note 5) or that it will simply arrive later remains to be seen. As for the prices of the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, the retailers has the A3 at 329 euros and the A5 at 429 euros. The Galaxy A5 is really the smaller version of the A7, sharing many of the same specs (and exactly the same design), minus a few details. The A5 gets a smaller 5.2-inch panel, although it is still a 1080p resolution display. There is only 2GB of RAM in the Galaxy A5 compared to 3GB in the A7, while the smaller device gets a 2900mAh juicer. The Galaxy A3 is for those Samsung customers who want something more compact and more budget friendly. It sports a 4.7-inch screen with 720p resolution, a quad-core Exynos 7580 chipset, 1.5 GB of RAM. A 13 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front shooter, and a 2300mAh battery. The three Galaxy A smartphones will be launching in China during December, while they will start shipping globally in January. The devices will all ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop, but a later upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is all but guaranteed at some point. Samsung has yet to offer pricing for the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, or the Galaxy A7 2016 editions. "At Samsung, we are committed to continued innovation, inspired by the feedback and needs of our wide range of consumers," said JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung's IT & Mobile Business. "With the introduction of the Galaxy A (2016), we took the consumer feedback on our original Galaxy A models and made thoughtful and impactful improvements offering consumers a seamless convergence of style and performance for their everyday lifestyles."
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.