It’s almost December, and although Samsung is still mainly focused on figuring out what went wrong in the Note 7 pre-production process to finally be able to green-light the “next big thing”, a secondary year-end goal could well be the latest Galaxy A-series upgrade.

The 2016 editions of the mid-range A3, A5 and A7 are likely due for follow-up efforts soon, despite a couple of larger, slightly higher-end spin-offs having seen daylight very recently.

Purportedly benchmarked back in early September, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), aka SM-A720x, is now tipped to revise a few features at the last minute, possibly sporting a 5.7, not 5.5-inch, 1080p screen, and Exynos 7880, not 7870, SoC.

Don’t rule out Android 7.0 Nougat OS pre-installation either, even if it feels like a long shot, and surprise, surprise, it seems Samsung plans to expand water and dust resistance beyond just its flagship designs. If SamMobile’s typically reliable inside sources are once again correct, the upcoming metal-and-glass 5.7-incher will flaunt IP68 certification for complete dirt protection and over 1.5 meter/30 minutes immersion.

The Galaxy A7 (2017) already sounded pretty impressive… for a non-hero device, 16MP rear and 16MP front cameras, 3GB RAM, expandable 32GB storage and all. Oh, and apparently, it’s going to pack a respectably large 3,600 mAh battery too while measuring a measly 7.8 mm thick.

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