Samsung’s Galaxy phones aren’t always high-end, and its mid-range “A” series is seeing an update this week.
Another week, another phone, or two or three as the case is lately.
Ending this week is Samsung with a new phone, though it’s not one that seems likely to challenge Apple’s iPhone XS or XS Max, nor does it seem targeted at Samsung’s big phones for 2018, the S9, S9+, or the recently launched Note 9.
Rather, it’s part of Samsung’s Galaxy A-series, a range that is typically geared at offering phones for the mid-range, even if that mid-range can come at a higher price than some expect.
This week, the addition is the Galaxy A7 for 2018, a tall phone sporting a 6 inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen, Android 8 “Oreo”, 4G connectivity, and most of the bits and pieces that make a Samsung phone what it is, such as the magnetic Samsung Pay technology, Near-Field Communication, and a fingerprint sensor even if this one has the unorthodox placement of being on the side, much like it was on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.
One other slightly unusual thing for Samsung is the set of cameras, which in a first for the brand offers three on the back and one on the front. Three on the back isn’t unheard of this year, first seen on Huawei’s P20 Pro, though Samsung’s configuration is a little different, offering a 24 megapixel camera, an ultra-wide 8 megapixel camera, and an extra 5 megapixel camera to handle depth for portrait images.
You’ll still find a 24 megapixel camera up front, with a total of four cameras on the Galaxy A7.
There’s no word on whether Samsung plans to bring this new Galaxy A variant to Australia, though we’ve certainly seen Galaxy A phone’s released in Australia before, so it’s definitely possible.
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the last Samsung phone release of the year, with at least one more expected, set to be announced next month.