For years, Samsung has been taking flak over its extensive use of plastics in manufacturing its smartphones. It is only recently that the South Korean phone maker has begun shifting from plastics to metal materials, notably with the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 devices. Now, the company is adding a new member to its line of metal-clad smartphones: the Galaxy A7.
The Galaxy A7 comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display screen with a 1080p resolution. The device comes with dual 1.8 GigaHertz and 1.3 GigaHertz quad-core processors (or 1.5 GigaHertz and 1.0 GigaHertz in the dual-SIM edition) as well as a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. With these eight cores, the Galaxy A7 should be able to perform several tasks simultaneously.
The smartphone also has 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), 16 gigabytes of internal storage (plus a microSD card slot for further storage support), a 2,600 mAh battery, and the Android 4.4 operating system.
Camera-wise, the Galaxy A7 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear side, and a 5-megapixel camera on the front side. The back is further outfitted with an LED flash.
Samsung had teased the Galaxy A7 back in 2014, and even showcased it in an official Samsung event held in Malaysia a few days ago. But now, the South Korean tech giant has finally made it official.
The Galaxy A7 is a welcome addition to a metal lineup that includes the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5. Samsung had unveiled these two smartphones right around Halloween last year. Not only do these two devices feature metallic unibodies, they also sported the thinnest dimensions of any smartphone the South Korean phone maker has ever produced (the A3 is 6.9 millimeters thick while the A5 is 6.7 millimeters thick). Like these two, the Galaxy A7 is similarly slim and is housed in metallic casing.
Apart from signifying Samsung's willingness to try out metal-clad smartphone offerings, the launch of the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy 7 smartphones over the past half-year is an indication that the South Korean phone maker really is making an effort to diversify its line of smartphone products.
It may be a good move, considering that Samsung is expecting to see its profits decline for the first time in three years. And the fact that its latest releases, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S5, have not been selling as well as their predecessors, the company will need all the help it can get in maximizing revenues.
Samsung has not released any information yet regarding official launch dates, pricing details, and targeted markets. Some reports suggest however that the device may likely be priced at about $420 without a contract. Want to explore other Samsung devices? Start comparing Samsung phones and plans now.
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