Samsung Galaxy A3 A5 and A7 2017 smartphones announced with IP68 dust and water proofing

The 2017 Galaxy A5 and A7 were officially announced yesterday. Bigger of the two, the Galaxy A7 features a 5.7 inch display as predicted from our previous rumors, while the Galaxy A5 comes with a 5.2 inch display and the A3 has a 4.7 inch display.

The A5 and A7 got the bump to 16MP front cameras, with the same lens present on the main shooter too. The A series is now more akin to the flagship Galaxy smartphones by borrowing more design aspects from the metallic and glass backs of the flagships.

The Galaxy A5 and A7 will now come with IP68 dust and water proofing. Could this be a trend in the making, where we’ll see more mid-range smartphones given the IP68 certification? We’ll have to wait for CES to know more. The A5 and A7 will both feature 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage. Both smartphones will be powered a 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos chipset.

Though the A7 is considered non-flagship, it does carry a somewhat heavy price tag rumored to sell at $430. The more affordable A3 packs in a 1.6GHz octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

The three devices ship in three color variants: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud. The smartphones are expected to ship with Marshmallow and may get the update to Nougat by February or so.