Rumors about Samsung’s new Galaxy A line have been flying around for a few weeks now. The Galaxy A line is a smartphone suite inspired by the Galaxy Alpha and its metal frame. So far, we’ve heard that the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 will be launched by the end of the year. All three handsets are supposed to be Samsung’s new mid-range offerings, since the company already has three major flagships for 2014, namely the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. While there is no word on the Galaxy A3 or A5, Samsung has confirmed the rumored specs of the Galaxy A7 on its website.
The Galaxy A7 is going to be a 64 bit mid-range smartphone that should pair well with Android 5.0 Lollipop when its time comes to get the update. At launch, the Galaxy A7 will come with Android 4.4 KitKat installed, TouchWiz included. The Galaxy A7 specifications include a 5.5 inch display, making it the biggest brother of the three phones in the new Galaxy A line. The Galaxy A7 screen resolution will be 1080 x 1920 with a 401 ppi pixel density. That resolution and pixel density is actually not bad for a mid-range device like the Galaxy A7. Samsung also confirmed an AMRv8-A architecture with a Snapdragon 410 CPU. That spec sheet results in a 64 bit Galaxy A7. The Android 5.0 Lollipop OS is optimized for 64 bit configurations, so we should expect to see Samsung rolling out Google’s new OS to the Galaxy A7 soon after its launch. We do think that Samsung will include a TouchWiz UI on the Android 5.0 OS, but we might be surprised in the end.
While the Galaxy A5 is rumored for a November launch date, we don’t have confirmation from Samsung on when the Galaxy A7 will hit the stores. Nonetheless, we can assume that the Galaxy A7 won’t come as cheap as other mid-rangers. The Galaxy A7 price will probably be around $450-$500, based on Samsung’s history of pricing its mid-range handsets as well as the Galaxy Alpha price. We are curious about the galaxy A7 and wonder if Samsung will change their mind and release the handset with Android 5.0 Lollipop instead of Android 4.4 KitKat.