There are at least four new Samsung Galaxy A-series devices in the pipeline, and based on plentiful recent information spills from several authoritative sources, you may find it hard to file the A9 and A7 (2016) under mid-end Android soldiers.
Strictly from an aesthetic standpoint, prospective buyers will easily mistake the two upcoming non-flagships for their S6-series cousins, given it’s practically etched in stone they all flaunt half-metal/half-glass bodies.
Forget full-metal jackets, China’s FCC-equivalent agency backs previously leaked live pics of the SM-A7100, aka Galaxy A7 (2016), showing off a premium built 5.5-incher with an aluminum frame and glass rear cover from every angle.
Somewhat surprisingly, this bad boy is listed at Tenaa as weighing 155 grams, and measuring 6.95mm in depth, which would be 14 grams heavier and around 0.7mm thicker than the original model. But you’re still looking at a decidedly slim, sleek and fashionable phablet, with a relatively small 2,600 mAh battery under the hood, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 3 whopping gigs of RAM, 16GB internal storage space, microSD support, NFC and 4G LTE connectivity, as well as 13 and 5MP cameras.
The only questions left unanswered therefore concern the possible existence of a fingerprint scanner, what Android iteration will be served out the box (5.1 Lollipop or perhaps 6.0 Marshmallow), and the precise price tag. Also, the release timing and targeted markets. We’ll be sure to keep an ear to the ground, so stay tuned.