Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) updated with selfie focus, other camera improvements

Although we should be talking about the new lineup of Galaxy A series smartphones, a new update makes the previous models newsworthy. It appears that both Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) smartphones have received an update that brings some important camera-related features.

The most important is called Selfie focus and it’s a new mode for the front camera that when enabled allows users to take a picture without having to tap the screen to focus on a subject. It’s supposed to add some sort of bokeh effect and make the background blur while the subject of the picture is right …


The Galaxy A7 (2017) successor will be called Galaxy A8+ (2018) indeed

Not that we needed any more evidence, but the Bluetooth regulatory files are the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to determining the names of the next Samsung midrangers in the A-line. After approving the Bluetooth 5.0 chippery inside a “Galaxy A8” yesterday, today the database spat out a “Galaxy A8+ (2018)” sidekick. 

Given that the Galaxy A7 (2017) is codenamed SM-A720F, and the one you see here is SM-A730F, it’s not hard to deduce that its heir won’t be called A7 (2018), as usual, but Samsung is indeed switching to a new naming scheme, more in line with the …

Heres's the real proof that Samsung will move from Galaxy A5 or A7 (2018), to A8 and A8+ naming

Samsung is heavily rumored to skip a step with its midrange Galaxy A line, going directly to an A8 and A8 Plus naming scheme, instead of sticking with A3, A5 or A7 (2018) model titles. 
Releasing an A8 and A8 Plus models would move Samsung’s midrangers in lockstep with the flagship Galaxy S line, simplifying its roster, and leaving users only two choices of size and pricing to pick from in the categories. There is further evidence for this shift, as you can see in the Bluetooth SIG regulatory filing below, for one “Galaxy A8” handset, revealed today. The model …

New Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2018) case renders leave little to the imagination

Alleged renders of the Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2018) have emerged yet again. In the latest portion of leaks, the two upper mid-range handsets are wrapped in clear protective cases, leaving little to the imagination. 

The source of these images is a third-party case maker who supposedly is in the know about the looks of the two devices. Samsung has a history of sticking to the same design for its A series, so the only visual difference between the pair will probably be in the size department. In case you’re wondering, the phone with the teal …

Slip up #2: Samsung 'accidentally' confirms the existence of the Galaxy A7 (2018)

Just a few days ago, Samsung accidentally confirmed the existence of its upcoming Galaxy A5 (2018) mid-ranger by inadvertently listing it on its own website. True, nothing of importance like specs or features got revealed, but the leak willy-nilly confirmed Samsung’s successful mid-ranger exists.
Well, the same just happened with the Galaxy A7 (2018) as well – what’s expected to be Samsung’s mid-range flagship for next year got listed on the company’s Russian website revealing the model name of the device, SM-A730F, which falls in line with the rest of the …

A midranger to rule them all: leaked Galaxy A7 (2018) specs taunt new Exynos and 6GB RAM

Samsung’s Galaxy A-series is the sweet spot between the affordable but lowly J-line, and the flagship S portfolio, so every time a new one is on the horizon, our collective attention peaks. The purported specs for the Galaxy A7 (2018) just leaked out on Geekbench, and, since the line is expected to follow the new bezel-less design of Samsung, they are only icing on the potential A-series cake.

The upcoming Galaxy A7 (SM-A730F) is listed with an Exynos 7885 chipset, whose leaked specs back in the summer denoted a 14nm octa-core processor with 2x A73 + 6x A53 cores, …

Alleged cases for Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2018) show off Bixby button, hint at Infinity Display

Samsung’s Galaxy A series is one of its… less exciting ones. Up until this year’s introduction of the Infinity Display and the design decisions needed to accommodate for it, the A series was where the company sold mid-rangers dressed up as flagships.

But recent rumors have suggested 2017 may turn out to be just an exception after all. That is, the A series may get its own take on the Infinity Display starting next year, which will again bring it closer to the design of the company’s flagship S series.
And as it turns out, …

Alcatel A7 and A7 XL hands on

Not to be outdone by all the recent releases, Alcatel has
unleashed two of its own lower-mid-range contenders – the A7 and A7 XL. We take a first look at these devices to see if they pack enough value and features to create some buzz in this already crowded price point.

Design and Display

 

The XL is the better looking, metal bodied, and obviously
larger of the two. Packing a 6-inch, 1080p IPS display, the A7 XL’s metal
backing gives a more premium feel than the textured plastic of the A7, which
has a slightly smaller 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. They’re both thicker …

Alcatel A7

The Alcatel A7 comes with a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage (expandable via microSD card slot), 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 16-megapixel main camera and a 8-megapixel selfie shooter.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) now available in the US

The Galaxy A7 (2017), one of Samsung’s nicest mid-range smartphones released this year, is now available to buy in the US. More exactly, the handset is not officially released stateside by Samsung, but you can purchase its dual SIM version from B&H Photo Video.

While you may also find the Galaxy A7 (2017) through third-party vendors via Amazon, you’re not getting any kind of US warranty by buying it that way. At B&H, the retailer offers the phone with 1-year warranty, asking $379.99 for it. 

The blue and gold variants of the handset are in stock …