Judging by newly spotted leaks and benchmarks, it appears that Samsung is preparing to launch updated versions of its mid-tier Galaxy A5 and A3 smartphones. The revamped handsets will feature a visual redesign and some improved hardware specifications.
According to two GFXBench listings, the new Galaxy A5 (SM-A510) looks to sport a 5.2-inch 1080p display, with an octa-core Cotex-A57/A53 Exynos 7 SoC and an ARM Mali-T720 GPU. There’s also 2GB of RAM, a 5MP front facing camera and 12 megapixel rear camera. The Galaxy A3 (SM-A310) model features slightly lower-end hardware, with a 4.7-inch 720p display, quad-core Cortex-A53 Exynos 7580 SoC, just 1.5GB of RAM, but the same 5MP and 12MP camera combination.
In terms of design, the speaker grill looks to have been moved to the bottom of the handsets like the Galaxy S6 range, while the camera and LED flash take on new forms. The phones also appear to feature a reflective or glass back this time around, rather than the matte medal finish of the current generation handsets. Click on the pictures below for a closer look.
It is not clear if these new handsets will ship with a fingerprint scanner or not. But if Samsung is planning to bring its Samsung Pay technology to a wider range of handsets in the near future, the company may choose to start with its next generation of mid-range hardware.
Samsung originally introduced the Galaxy A range of smartphones to bring a little more of the company’s flagship feel and features to its mid-range products, and it looks like these second generation editions will continue this trend. What do you think about these handsets?