Samsung launches the Galaxy A3 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) in the UK

Samsung has launched its latest budget-friendly smartphones, the Galaxy A3 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017), in the United Kingdom. With regards to pricing and availability, the handsets are listed in three — Black Sky, Blue Mist and Gold Sand — of the four launch colors on the firm’s online store for £279 ($347) and £369 ($459), respectively. They’re also available through a handful of retail partners and select carriers in the region, including Vodafone. The Peach Cloud model, on the other hand, can only be picked up from Carphone Warehouse.

For those in need of a refresher, the Galaxy A3 (2017) is a sturdy low-to-mid-range device, which sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, a 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor, a Mali-T830 GPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP selfie shooter, a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2,350mAh non-removable battery. Like its larger brethren, it’s IP68 certified (dust proof and water resistant for up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes) and ships with compatibility for the company’s mobile payment platform, Samsung Pay.

In terms of design, the Galaxy A5 (2017) is almost identical to the Galaxy A3 (2017). However, things are a little different under the hood, where you’ll find a 5.2-inch Full HD screen, a 1.9GHz Exynos 7880 Octa CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable internal storage, a 16MP front- and rear-facing camera and a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. As you’ve probably already noticed, this specific handset is geared more towards the mid-range market, where customers are looking for larger displays and beefier internals.

This bodes the question (directed to our UK readers): Are you planning on picking up the Galaxy A3 (2017) or Galaxy A5 (2017)? If so, which one and why? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

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