Samsung announces 5.5-inch octa-core Galaxy A7

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Samsung has announced the third and final Galaxy A smartphone for this year’s lineup, the Galaxy A7, featuring some middle of the pack specs in a gorgeous full metallic build.

The Galaxy A7 features a 5.5-inch HD AMOLED (1280 x 720) display, an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.8GHz and 1.5GHz, or the international dual-SIM Exynos 5430 featuring a 1.5GHz and 1GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.

Samsung rounds out the features for the Galaxy A7 with a 2600mAh battery, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The Qualcomm LTE chip also includes NFC support, an important feature with new mobile payment options.

Software wise, the Galaxy A7 will feature Android KitKat at launch, and Samsung has not confirmed if a Lollipop update is on the horizon. Hopefully, Samsung will make sure to update the smartphone ASAP, along with other high-end devices.

The whole point of the Galaxy A series is to show Samsung can create gorgeous smartphones, built from premium materials rather than faux leather and plastic. The Galaxy A7 really asserts this point, showing a full metallic design, covering the entire device.

Not only has Samsung upped its game ten-fold when it comes to design, it has already made a range of smartphones for the mid-range market. The Galaxy A7 will reportedly only cost $420 (£278), a reasonable price for an off contract device.

Considering it is competitive with the iPhone 6 in terms of specs, it looks like the perfect phone for phablet lovers for customers who don’t want to spend lots on a smartphone.

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