It’s business as usual at Samsung, and the Galaxy Note 7 recall isn’t stopping the South Korean giant from continuing to make and release devices. And now rumors about a 2017 refresh of the 2016 Galaxy A7 have begun percolating.
Samsung launched the 2016 A7 earlier this year, but it was limited to select markets. That’s likely the case for the 2017 model, which is expected to be announced some time toward the end of this year. Here’s everything you need to know.
Specifications for the 2017 variant of the Galaxy A7 have leaked on GFX Bench. The specs show a device with a 5.5-inch display and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels — the same as the 2016 A7. It’s said to be powered by an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. If it’s anything like the current variant, the 2017 A7 will also have a MicroSD card slot in case you want to boost your storage.
The most recent leak from AnTuTu further suggests that the A7 will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 7870 processor with Mali T830 graphics processor. It confirms previous rumors of 3GB RAM, with the added detail of 64GB of internal storage.
But the most interesting tidbit is related to the camera — both the rear and the front will feature a 16-megapixel camera, meaning you’ll be able to take some highly-detailed selfies. Most smartphones have 5 megapixels on the front, and focus more on the rear. Not the 2017 Galaxy A7.
Sadly, the device is purportedly running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. If the phone is released in early 2017, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t come with Android 7.0 Nougat, so we’ll have to wait and see if Samsung delivers.
And of course, since we can’t verify this information, please take it with a grain of salt.
Curved displays are all the rage at Samsung these days, and according to a new report from the company’s home country of South Korea, the same trend is coming to the Galaxy A series, too. It’s a large and diverse series, so just because one of the handsets has a curved display doesn’t mean that all of them will. And of course, Samsung hasn’t revealed any of its design plans, either.
Price and availability
We don’t have any other information about the 2017 Galaxy A7, but we’ll keep you updated as we get closer to its rumored December announcement.
Article originally published in September. Updated on 12-02-2016 by Lulu Chang: Added rumors of a curved display.