Samsung Galaxy A series

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Samsung Galaxy A series
Samsung Galaxy A Logo.png
DeveloperSamsung Electronics
TypeSmartphones and tablets
Release date31 October 2014; 4 years ago (2014-10-31)
System-on-chip usedExynos (2014–)
Qualcomm Snapdragon (2014–2016; 2018)

The Samsung Galaxy A series is a line of mid-range smartphones manufactured by Samsung Electronics. Until 2018 models, the Galaxy A series is similar to the flagship Galaxy S series, but with lower specifications and features. Starting in 2019 (5th generation models), the Galaxy A series has been re-positioned as a lower mid-range smartphones slightly above the Galaxy M series that was introduced in the same year. The first model in the series, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, was released in September 2014; it was followed by the first-generation Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5, which were introduced in December 2014.

Following the announcement of the 2017 series, Samsung announced that they will sell up to 20 million Galaxy A series smartphones, targeting consumers in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.[1]

As of 2018, most of the Galaxy A series models are currently available to most countries. Galaxy Tab A is also part of the A series and sold to most countries as well.

Timeline[edit]

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was introduced on 13 August 2014 and released in September 2014. A high-end device, the Galaxy Alpha is Samsung's first smartphone to incorporate a metallic frame and more premium materials, although the remainder of its physical appearance still resembles previous models such as the Galaxy S5. It also incorporates the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 or Samsung's new Exynos 5430 system-on-chip, which is the first mobile system-on-chip to use a 20 nanometer manufacturing process. However, the Galaxy Alpha received mixed reviews: although praised for its higher quality build and design in comparison to earlier Galaxy models' utilitarian plastic construction, the device was criticized for its modest specifications in comparison to the flagship Galaxy S5, with the Alpha being criticized for lacking water resistance, lower resolution screen (720p versus 1080p) and no MicroSD slot for expandable storage. The Alpha also debuted at a price too high for what some considered to be a "mid-range" smartphone, as although it did share the same Snapdragon 801 as the Galaxy S5, most earlier phones with the Snapdragon 801 had already been on the market for months and saw price drops. Following its launch, Samsung Electronics CEO JK Shin explained that the Alpha was "built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market." The company touted that the Galaxy Alpha would mark a "new design approach" for Samsung's products, and that elements from the Alpha could appear on future Samsung models.[2] Its operating system is based on Android 4.4.4 "KitKat" with its own version of TouchWiz UI. Several updates were made throughout the world and in April 2015, Android 5.0.2 "Lollipop" was made available through an OTA update.[3]

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

In March 2015, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab A series with 8.0 inch and 9.7 inch displays, a S Pen stylus, as well as preloaded Microsoft applications. The S Pen feature on the Galaxy Tab A series, makes the first Samsung Galaxy device to be equipped with the Samsung stylus outside of the Note series.

Samsung Galaxy A (2016 Series)

New features were introduced in the Galaxy A 2016 Series which includes metal and glass buildup, NFC which supports Samsung Pay, Samsung's Adaptive Fast charging feature and increased battery life. The Galaxy A (2016) series are similar to the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy Note 5 flagships, which were released in April 2015, and August 2015, respectively.

Samsung Galaxy A (2017 Series)

In January 2017, Samsung unveiled the 2017 edition of the Galaxy A series. Newly improved features include 16-megapixel front and back cameras, an Exynos 7 Octa 7880 SoC, a 3D glass display (similar to Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7), barometer and gyroscope sensors and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance as well as support for Gear 360 (2017). The new design of the series are very similar to the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, released in March 2016.[4][5]

Samsung Galaxy A (2018 Series)

The 2018 Galaxy A Series was introduced with a ton of high-end features like Samsung's Infinity Display, IP Certification (A8 & A8+), Samsung Experience UI, Fast Charging, Glass Unibody, Multiple Rear Cameras which supports PDAF, Always-on-Display, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner

Samsung Galaxy A (2019 Series)

South Korean device maker Samsung has introduced the Galaxy A smartphone series in India on 28 February 2019. The series comprises three smartphones – Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50.[6]

Phones[edit]

2014-15 lineup (1st generation)[edit]

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

  • 4.7" Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720 pixels)
  • Android 4.4.4 (Kitkat) (Current: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop)
  • Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa
  • 32 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM
  • 12 MP Rear / 2.1 MP Front Camera
  • 1,860 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A3

  • 4.5" Super AMOLED (960 x 540 pixels)
  • Android 4.4.4 (Kitkat) (Current: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
  • 16 GB ROM / 1.5 GB RAM
  • 8 MP Rear / 5 MP Front Camera
  • 1,900 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A5

  • 5.0" Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720 pixels)
  • Android 4.4.4 (Kitkat) (Current: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
  • 16 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Rear / 5 MP Front Camera
  • 2,300 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A7

  • 5.5" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 4.4.4 (Kitkat) (Current: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)
  • Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa
  • 16 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Rear / 5 MP Front Camera
  • 2,600 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A8

  • 5.7" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) (Current: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
  • 32 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Rear / 5 MP Front Camera
  • 3,050 mAh Battery

2016 lineup (2nd generation)[edit]

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

  • 4.7" Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720 pixels)
  • Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) (Current: Android 7.0 Nougat)
  • Samsung Exynos 7578 Octa
  • 16 GB ROM / 1.5 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Rear / 5 MP Front Camera
  • 2,300 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

  • 5.2" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) (Current: Android 7.0 Nougat)
  • Samsung Exynos 7580 Octa
  • 16 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Rear / 5 MP Front Camera
  • 2,900 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

  • 5.5" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) (Current: Android 7.0 Nougat)
  • Samsung Exynos 7580 Octa
  • 16 GB ROM / 3 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Rear / 5 MP Front Camera
  • 3,300 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A9

  • 6.0" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) (Current: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
  • 32 GB ROM / 3 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Rear / 8 MP Front Camera
  • 4,000 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro

  • 6.0" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) (Current: Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
  • 32 GB ROM / 4 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Rear / 8 MP Front Camera
  • 5,000 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016)

  • 5.7" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) (Current: Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
  • 32 GB ROM / 3 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Rear / 8 MP Front Camera
  • 3,300 mAh Battery

2017 lineup (3rd generation)[edit]

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

  • 4.7" Super AMOLED (720 x 1,280 pixels)
  • Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) (Current: Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
  • 16 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Rear / 8 MP Front Camera
  • 2,350 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

  • 5.2" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 6.0.1 (Marshmalllow) (Current: Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Samsung Exynos 7880 Octa
  • 32 GB ROM / 3 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Rear / 16 MP Front Camera
  • 3,000 mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

  • 5.7" Super AMOLED (1,920 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) (Current: Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Samsung Exynos 7880 Octa
  • 32 GB ROM / 3 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Rear / 16 MP Front Camera
  • 3,600 mAh Battery

2018 lineup (4th generation)[edit]

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

  • 5.6" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2,220 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) (Current: Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa
  • 32 GB ROM / 4 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Rear Camera
  • 16 MP Main, 8 MP Depth Sensor Front Cameras
  • 3,000 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner, IP68 Resistance, Always-on-Display, Fast Charging

Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)

  • 6.0" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2,220 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) (Current: Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa
  • 64 GB ROM / 6 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Rear Camera
  • 16 MP Main, 8 MP Depth Sensor Front Cameras
  • 3,500 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner, IP68 Resistance, Alwags-on-Display, Fast Charging

Samsung Galaxy A6

  • 5.6" HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (720 x 1,480 pixels)
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
  • 32 GB ROM / 3 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Rear Camera
  • 16 MP Front Camera
  • 3,000 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung Galaxy A6+

  • 6.0" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2,220 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • 64 GB ROM / 4 GB RAM
  • 16 MP Main, 5 MP Depth Sensor Rear Cameras
  • 24 MP Front Camera
  • 3,500 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner, Always-on-Display

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star

  • 6.3" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2,220 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • 64 GB ROM / 4 GB RAM
  • 24 MP, 16 MP Rear / 24 MP Front Camera
  • 3,700 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

  • 6.0" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2,220 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa
  • 64 GB ROM / 4 GB RAM
  • 24 MP Main, 8 MP Ultra Wide, 5 MP Depth Sensor Rear Cameras
  • 24 MP Front Camera
  • 3,300 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner, Always-on-Display, Dolby Atmos

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

  • 6.3" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2,220 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • 128 GB ROM / 6 GB RAM
  • 24 MP Main, 10 MP Telephoto, 8 MP Ultra Wide, 5 MP Depth Sensor Rear Cameras
  • 24 MP Front Camera
  • 3,800 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner, Always-on-Display, Dolby Atmos, Fast Charging

Samsung Galaxy A6s

  • 6.0" Super AMOLED (2,160 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • 64 GB ROM / 6 GB RAM
  • 12 MP, 2 MP Rear Cameras
  • 12 MP Front Camera
  • 3,300 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung Galaxy A8s

The Samsung Galaxy A8s is the first phone to have a punch hole in the display or what Samsung calls "Infinity-O Display". However, this is the first Samsung phone to remove the Headphone jack.

  • 6.4" FHD+ IPS LCD (2,340 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 32 GB ROM / 6 GB RAM
  • 24 MP, 10 MP, 5 MP Rear Cameras
  • 24 MP Front Camera
  • 3,400 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner

2019 lineup (5th generation)[edit]

Samsung Galaxy A10[7]

  • 6.2" HD+ IPS LCD Infinity-V Display (720 x 1520 pixels)
  • Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
  • Samsung Exynos 7884 Octa
  • 32 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Rear Camera
  • 5 MP Front Camera
  • 3,400 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy A20[8]

  • 6.4" HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V Display (720 x 1560 pixels)
  • Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
  • Samsung Exynos 7884 Octa
  • 32 GB ROM / 3 GB RAM
  • 13 MP, 5 MP Rear Cameras
  • 8 MP Front Camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung Galaxy A30[7]

  • 6.4" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
  • Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
  • Samsung Exynos 7904 Octa
  • 64 GB ROM / 4 GB RAM
  • 16 MP, 5 MP Rear Cameras
  • 16 MP Front Camera
  • 4,000 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner, IP68 Resistance, Fast Charging

Samsung Galaxy A40[9]

  • 5.9" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display (1080 x 2280 pixels)
  • Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
  • Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa
  • 64 GB ROM / 4 GB RAM
  • 16 MP, 5 MP Rear Cameras
  • 25 MP Front Camera
  • 3,100 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner, Fast Charging

Samsung Galaxy A50[7]

  • 6.4" FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
  • Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
  • Samsung Exynos 9610 Octa
  • 128 GB ROM / 6 GB RAM
  • 25 MP, 8 MP, 5 MP Rear Cameras
  • 25 MP Front Camera
  • 4,000 mAh Battery
  • Fingerprint Scanner (on screen), Fast Charging

Tablets[edit]

2015 lineup[edit]

Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2015)[edit]

Galaxy Tab A 9.7 (2015)[edit]

2016 lineup[edit]

Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016)[edit]

2017 lineup[edit]

Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017)[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shipment goals for new Samsung Galaxy A and J series revealed". PhoneArena. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Samsung ditches all-plastic design with metal Galaxy Alpha". The Verge. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Lollipop update rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Alpha". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Samsung Galaxy A 2017 Series Set to Launch on January 5".
  5. ^ "Samsung Introduces Stylish, Powerful and Practical Galaxy A (2017) with Enhanced Camera". news.samsung.com.
  6. ^ "Samsung Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50 launched in India". kashmirpulse.com.
  7. ^ a b c Chauhan, Siddarth (28 February 2019). "Samsung Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 launched in India starting at Rs 8,490". TechRadar.
  8. ^ Siddiqui, Aamir (19 March 2019). "Samsung Galaxy A20 with 6.4" Infinity-V display and Exynos 7884 launched in Russia". xdadevelopers. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Samsung Galaxy A40 arrives in Europe with 25 MP selfie camera". gsmArena. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
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