It’s a whole new year with a whole new bunch of gadgets coming up in your news feed. One that went pretty viral was the official launch of Samsung Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) variants. Malaysians went pretty crazy about it as we are the first country in the world to get these two being officially launched.

A friendly reminder will be that A-series are always the mid-ranger whereby some who are not able to afford the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, you can opt for this one for a much lower price tag yet still packed with incredible features. Two things that S7 Edge is well known for will be the great camera and dust/water resistant. Samsung heard the feedback from their customers and felt that we should add the pinch into our mid-ranged A-series as this would be a great chance to own a flagship ranged smartphone with affordable price tag.

Probably a dream come true to some people out there. Best part is that the A7 and A5 feels premium nevertheless great build quality which you can expect from any IP68 certified smartphone out there, which is pretty limited. During the launch event that we attended, we managed to hold and try out the A7 and A5 which are amazing.

Before we get to the confirmed specifications, let us elaborate on the pre-order details:-

The period is from now to 15th of January and the best part about it is you will receive a FREE Level U Pro Wireless Headphone worth RM399. While stocks last.

There are two ways for you to place your pre-order:-

1.In-Store Pre-Order

Pre-order from now till 15th January 2017 and receive a FREE Level U Pro Wireless Headphone worth RM399. While stocks last.

  • Step 1: Walk in to your preferred participating Samsung outlet
  • Step 2: Fill in the required details on the pre-order form available
  • Step 3: Make a deposit of RM100
  • Step 4: Keep your “Customer’s Copy” receipt from the pre-order form

Step 5: Present the “Customer’s Copy” receipt and identification card at the same pre-order participating outlet and pay the balance of the amount during collection of your new Samsung Galaxy A (2017) from 25th January till 19th February 2017

List of outlets near you:-

Central Region

Northern Region

Southern Region

East Coast

East Malaysia

The preferred way by many will be online:-

2.Online Pre-Order

For online pre-orders, check out Samsung’s online stores on below merchants. Click the images to redirect to the pre-order page:-

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For more information on the pre-order, please visit http://www.samsung.com/my/A2017preorder.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the front and back since it has a 3D glass back design. Under the hood, this smartphone is powered by Samsung’s very own Exynos 7880 Octa core processor clocked at 1.9GHz.

To enhance the device’s capability, there 3GB of RAM accompanied with 32GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via micro SD card slot which is present on the Galaxy A7 (2017). Heading to the camera section, there’s 16MP camera on both the front and rear. Both of them come with f1.9 aperture which is great for capturing good low-light images. The front camera support Light+ Camera feature which works as an alternative of having a front facing flash.

This smartphones comes out of the box with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and will be definitely future proof despite update of Android Nougat coming real soon. The A7 (2017) is a dual sim device with the SIM tray being hybrid. Of course you get 4G LTE connectivity with the support of LTE-A that enables you to use YES 4G. The super fast fingerprint scanner is made available on the front home button.

Unique selling point of this smartphone will be its support of IP68. This ensures the phone could go through rough conditions as its Dust proof is rated at 6 while the rating of 8 represents its splash proof and a remarkable way of ensuring your Samsung Galaxy A7 to be safe from water spills and harsh environments. It is pretty hard to get a phone with such rating under RM2000, so this is definitely worth your money as well as reliability as it’s coming from Samsung. We all know how capable is the S7 Edge right?

Something worth mentioning would be its Super AMOLED Display. We definitely know how vibrant and sharp the images and videos from Samsung’s trademark display technology. Hence, this would be one of the best displays available out there for great movie and gaming pleasure.

The second best decision will be the battery capacity. You get a whopping 3600mAh of juice for the A7 (2017).  On top of that, there’s fast charging as well. There’s definitely going to be enough battery that will last you at least two days. The speaker placement is good as well! It’s placed at the right side of the smartphone (above power button).

Lastly, do take note that this device has reversible USB Type-C port rather than the conventional one which is a good decision as it is getting pretty common and reliable these days. There’s two colors made available in Malaysia – Black Sky and Gold Sand while Blue Mist and Peach Cloud are coming soon to our shores. The Samsung Galaxy A7(2017) is priced at RM1899 inclusive of GST.

Samsung Galaxy A5(2017)

Pretty much as good as the A7(2017) as well. Notable differences will be its screen size of 5.2-inch and the battery capacity of 3000mAh. Everything else is exactly the same in terms of specifications. If you prefer a smaller and slightly cheaper alternative than the A7(2017), this one will be the right choice.

Same thing applies here in terms of colors made available for purchase and two more coming real soon. The Samsung Galaxy A5(2017) is priced at RM1699 inclusive of GST.

Samsung Pay enabled

If you haven’t heard of Samsung Pay, you can actually make purchases at places where credit, debit and prepaid cards are accepted. It is an easy-to- use and secure mobile payment service compatible with NFC (Near Field Communication) and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) terminals. Samsung Pay is currently performing an open beta test for selected Maybank Visa cardholders, with more banks such as CIMB Mastercard, Citibank Mastercard & Visa, Standard Chartered Mastercard & Visa to be made available soon.