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  (Source: Samsung Electronics)
New device falls on the high-end of mid-range, packs Snapdragon 615

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) killed the Galaxy Alpha off last month and vowed to instead focus its efforts on its mid-range Galaxy A Series of smartphones.  The previously announced Galaxy A3 and A5 finally got prices ($330 and $410 USD) in late December.  That left just the unnannounced Galaxy A7 waiting in the wings.

Samsung has now announced that model after weeks of leaks.  The spec is about what was previously predicted.

Samsung Galaxy A7

Note, as expected, there's a variant based on Samsung's own in-house Exynos 5000 series chipset, and another variant based on Qualcomm Inc.'s (QCOM) Snapdragon 615.  The former (w/ the Exynos chip) is referred to as the "LTE/3G Dual-SIM" edition, while the latter (w/ the Snapdragon chip) is referred to as the "LTE" edition.  Note that the Exynos-powered global variant does not have NFC support (otherwise the specs are relatively similar).

Samsung Galaxy A7

Samsung Galaxy A7 infographic

Form Factor
  • Dimensions5.94 x 3 x 0.248 in. (151 x 76.2 x 6.3 mm)
  • Weight: 141 g (4.97 oz.)
Hardware
  • Display: 5.5-in. 1080p (aka "full HD" (FHD)) AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels
  • SoC:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit)
      • CPU:
        • 8x Cortex-A53 ( 4x @ 1.5 GHz, 4x @ 1.0 GHz) 
      • GPU: Adreno 405 (@ 550 MHz; 96 (?) cores))
    • ...or Exynos 5430 (32-bit)
      • CPU:
        • "big" quartet: 4x Cortex-A15 (@ 1.8 GHz)
        • "LITTLE" quartet: 4x Cortex-A7 (@ 1.3 GHz)
      • GPUMali T628MP6 (6 GPU clusters @ 600 MHz; 48 cores)
  • Cameras
    • Rear: 13 megapixel w/ LED flash, autofocus
    • Front5.0 megapixel
  • Memory: 2 GB LPDDR3
  • Storage: 16 GB of NAND flash (internal) + microSD (up to 64 GB)
  • Battery2600 mAh
  • Connectivity
    • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC (LTE edition only)
    • CellularLTE-A (Cat. 4) and HSPA+
Software
  • OS: Android 4.4 "KitKat" + TouchWiz UI (Android 5.0 update planned)
  • Highlighted UI Features:
    • Camera Modes:
      • Auto selfie
      • Ultra wide shot
    • Multi-screen app functionality
    • "Private mode" (enhanced file encryption)
    • "Always Clear Voice Auto Control"
Samsung Electronics Mobile Communications CEO JK Shin comments on the new device:

We strive to develop devices that appeal to a broad range of consumers and are ahead of the next big social trend.  Combining both a stunning metallic design and a powerful performance, the Galaxy A7 is stylish while delivering the superior user experience.

The phone is available in white, black, and champagne gold:

Samsung Galaxy A7 -- black


Samsung Galaxy A7 -- white
Samsung Galaxy A7 -- gold

A price and the ship date for local regions has not yet been announced, but Samsung promised a "competitive price point."



Source: Samsung Electronics [press release]





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