Samsung Galaxy J7+ to Sport Dual Camera Setup, Facial Recognition, Bixby Support: Report

Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Note 8 was the first for the company to sport a dual rear camera setup and going by recent reports it looks like the company is working on its second smartphone with dual cameras. Samsung has appears to have confirmed a Galaxy J7+ mid-range smartphone is in the works that will sport a dual camera setup and the Bixby assistant, among other things, according to a report out of Thailand.

The Samsung Galaxy J7+ has been detailed by ThaiMobileCenter, which cites Samsung, as a mid-range smartphone that is an upgrade over the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017). It is said to feature a vertical dual camera setup on the back comprising of a 13-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. Samsung will reportedly also be bringing the Galaxy Note 8’s Live Focus feature to the Galaxy J7+ for Bokeh shots. The front will see a 16-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture.

Samsung Galaxy J7+ to Sport Dual Camera Setup, Facial Recognition, Bixby Support: ReportThe report details that the Galaxy J7+ will feature a metal unibody design similar to the Galaxy J7 (2017). However, going by the images posted, the Galaxy J7+ looks to feature straight antenna lines on the back rather than the curved ones seen on Galaxy J7. It will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display. The handset will be powered by a octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. It will be offered with 32GB of internal storage, which will be expandable up to 256GB.

Apart from the cameras, the Galaxy J7+ will also support Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby, a fingerprint sensor likely embedded in the home button, and facial recognition. It is interesting to see Samsung bringing face recognition technology to the mid-range category with phones like Galaxy On Max and Galaxy J7 Max and now the Galaxy J7+. The upcoming smartphone will support dual-SIM and will pack a 3000mAh battery.

As of now there’s no word on when the Galaxy J7+ will be launched, but the report mentions that it will be available in Black, Gold, and Pink colour options when it launches in Thailand.

Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch Successor Set to Launch at IFA, Samsung Smart Speaker in the Works

Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone on Wednesday but that is not the only thing that the company has in store for us. The South Korean company has confirmed that it will be launching Gear S3 smartwatch’s successor at IFA event in Berlin next week and that it is also working on smart home speakers that might be launched soon. Separately, the company’s rumoured Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch has been tipped to be the first wearable device powered by Tizen 3.0 operating system.

First talking about the successor to Gear S3 smartwatch, CNBC reports that DJ Koh, Samsung’s mobile division head, has confirmed that the company will be launching the new wearable, likely to be called Gear S4 smartwatch, at IFA event next week. While the specific details about the upcoming wearable are not available at the moment, it is clear that the South Korean company would not mind the head-start before Apple’s likely unveil of Apple Watch Series 3 at the iPhone event in September.

In a separate report, CNBC says that Koh has also confirmed that Samsung is working on a smart speaker, which should be a rival to Amazon Echo and Google Home, and will be announced ‘soon’. well. Considering that the company introduced its own Bixby digital assistant earlier this year with Galaxy S8 smartphones and continued with it on Galaxy Note 8, it seems like Samsung wants to create a smart home hub, which will have Bixby at the centre and connected with all the smart devices.

While critics have pointed out that Samsung phones could have used just Google Assistant instead of having the company’s dedicated digital assistant as well, if the company is planning to create a bigger ecosystem with Bixby at the centre, it makes perfect sense to have Bixby on the smartphones.

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Finally coming to the Gear Sport smartwatch, the upcoming wearable’s listing was earlier spotted on the FCC website by Phandroid. Now, the Samsung Gear Sport has been certified by WiFi alliance and the listing of the smartwatch has reveals that it might be the first device to feature Tizen 3.0 OS, as pointed out in a report by TizenExperts (via PhoneArena).

While there are not many specifications available about the Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch, it will reportedly feature both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The name of the smartwatch suggests that it might feature some rugged design and will likely come with health-tracking features as well.

Samsung Bixby Voice Support Now Rolling Out to Globally to Over 200 Countries

Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby finally supports voice globally, with the South Korean giant rolling out the update in over 200 countries around the world. The company has confirmed that Bixby’s voice capabilities are now expanding to countries worldwide. This comes a month after it began rolling out in the US for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users. Bixby still understands voice commands only in English and Korean.

“Starting today, Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can enable Bixby’s voice capabilities by pressing the Bixby button to begin onboarding,” Samsung said in a blog. Bixby’s voice capabilities was first available in South Korea and later rolled out in the US. Starting Tuesday, the feature will be available in countries including the UK, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. The update is yet to roll out in India.

Samsung says that it plans to continue expanding Bixby’s voice capabilities to additional countries, languages, devices, features and third-party applications, which will help improve the AI’s learning process to offer more intelligent and personalised assistance.

Samsung Bixby Voice Support Now Rolling Out to Globally to Over 200 CountriesGalaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users around the world can check whether voice support has rolled out to their devices by tapping the Bixby button to begin onboarding. Bixby voice can be activated by holding the dedicated button on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphone or by simply saying “Hi, Bixby.”

Samsung’s voice assistant works similar to Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri. Users can use Bixby voice to set alarms and send text messages and perform various actions via pre-installed apps and third-party apps that support Bixby. She of the third-party apps that support Bixby as of now include Google Maps, Google Play Music, YouTube, and Facebook.

The global rollout of Bixby voice comes just a day before the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, which is also expected to feature a dedicated Bixby button. This could suggest that the phablet will come with Bixby voice support out-of-the-box once shipping begins.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 256GB Variant Tipped in Leaked Promotion Material

Samsung will unveil its new flagship Galaxy Note 8 on Wednesday and while renders and images have been leaking out for months, alleged promotional material for the smartphone has now popped up on the Internet and revealed more information about launch offers. As per the leaked images of the alleged fliers of the Galaxy Note 8, the 256GB storage variant of the handset will be offered with some premium goodies in the home country.

The newly leaked images, shared by Dutch website Techtastic, have seemingly confirmed the presence of the 256GB storage variant and suggested that the customers who buy this model will get the choice of either getting a free AKG Bluetooth speaker or Nemonic printer with the handset, as pointed out in a report by GSMArena.

Apart from this, the company has been tipped to offer coupons that provide KRW 100,000 (roughly Rs. 5,650) off accessories like the Gear VR with the 64GB storage variant of the smartphone, as per the report. It has also been pointed out that the 256GB storage variant might just be launched exclusively in South Korea and the 128GB storage variant might be launched elsewhere.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 256GB Variant Tipped in Leaked Promotion MaterialPrevious leaks have suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a 6.3-inch QHD (1440×2960 pixels) Infinity Display with taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The handset is expected to be powered by Exynos 8895 SoC globally, but come with Snapdragon 835 in the US, much like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

In terms of optics, it is expected to come with a dual camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors. The primary wide-angle lens has been tipped to come with an f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus, while the secondary telephoto lens is expected to come with an f/2.4 aperture. Both the lenses are also said to offer optical image stabilisation as well.

The Galaxy Note 8 has been rumoured to pack 6GB of RAM, and come with 64GB of built-in storage, which will be further expandable via microSD card. The handset is expected to measure 162.5×74.6×8.5mm. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is likely to house a 3300mAh battery that could support wireless charging as well.

Samsung Faces Crucial Galaxy Note 8 Launch as Its Top Executive Faces a Sentencing Hearing

Samsung faces two potentially crucial moments this week – the launch of a new smartphone and a hearing that will determine whether its vice chairman will spend the next 12 years in jail.

On Wednesday, the company will debut the successor to the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 – the Galaxy Note 8. The latest addition to Samsung’s premium phone line will show whether the company has the ability to both overcome its past and secure its future.

The Note is not necessarily the ideal phone to carry this weight. The company had to recall the Galaxy Note 7 after major battery issues caused some of the phones to burst into flames. While Samsung has successfully launched two phones – the Galaxy S8 and S8+ – since the debacle, analysts say it still has been at a disadvantage in its race with Apple for the high end of the phone market.

“In the premium phone space, it’s a two-horse race between Samsung and Apple. In the last year, Samsung has only had half a horse in the race,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights, referring to the Galaxy Note 7.

With the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung is trying to revive its premium phone line, which, thanks to the recall, has not had a new model since 2015. The large-screened Note line has always appealed to Samsung’s most loyal fans and been a showcase for its most innovative features. Analysts expect that the new phone will have better cameras, an edge-to-edge screen and several new software features for power users – including those who take advantage of the Note’s signature stylus. The company has also instituted new safety protocols with the Galaxy Note 8 to avoid another disaster.

But after the Galaxy Note 8’s debut, Samsung’s attention will turn to another huge event: the sentencing hearing for its vice chairman and de facto head, Lee Jae-yong, on Friday.

Lee, the grandson of the company’s founder, was arrested in February in a corruption scandal that forced the ouster of President Park Geun-hye. Lee has denied all wrongdoing related to the charges, which include bribery, perjury and embezzlement tied to mergers that helped secure his succession at the company.

Prosecutors are seeking a 12-year jail sentence for Lee.

Samsung’s position as South Korea’s most prominent family-run conglomerate – and a corporation that, in total, makes up 15 percent of the country’s economy – has protected it from dire consequences in the past. But these charges come amid new calls for reform for South Korea’s megacompanies and their close relationships with the government.

Jailing Lee would be a significant break with history, said Usha Haley, a professor of international business at West Virginia University. Six of the 10 heads of South Korea’s family-run conglomerates (known as “chaebol”) have been convicted of white-collar crime before, she said, with few consequences.

Were Lee to be jailed, Haley said, it would be a “disaster” for Samsung, which relies heavily on its head for direction about how the conglomerate should proceed. Lee has been acting as head of the company since his father, Samsung’s chairman, suffered a heart attack in 2014.

“They do need some overriding vision, and that has to be communicated so that the elephant can dance,” she said.

Analysts have raised alarm that it took Samsung until May to reorganise its executive teams to deal with Lee’s arrest, particularly as it loses market share in the critical Chinese smartphone market.

Samsung Faces Crucial Galaxy Note 8 Launch as Its Top Executive Faces a Sentencing HearingA big international success with the Galaxy Note 8, analysts said, would assuage lingering worries about Samsung’s consistency and firm up the weaker points of its most prominent business.

The greatest risks for Samsung, however, are long-term rather than short-term, analysts said. The effects of not having a chairman may not hurt the company immediately. Despite the turmoil, Samsung’s sales and profits have been unusually strong even while Lee has been under arrest – partly because of the division that supplies components to other phone makers, including Apple. The scandal hasn’t hurt the firm’s image with most global consumers, who don’t know Lee, analysts said. Plus, Samsung’s success does not depend on a single product, as it owns firms that sell everything from televisions to life insurance. The company is designed to tick on, even without a megahit.

But financial success, though important, isn’t Samsung’s only aim. It has made clear that it wants to stand out to consumers as an innovative company. That drive to produce the “next best thing” has won Samsung devoted fans, but it also spurred the company to push the production of the Note 7 in the first place.

A successful Galaxy Note 8 launch could help Samsung regain its reputation for innovation and quality.

“This is about long-term brand respect – and keeping yourself up there with Apple, from a consumer point of view,” Moorhead said.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Launch Today: How to Watch, What to Expect

It’s a big day for Samsung as it gears up to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone to the world. The South Korean giant is hosting a Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event in New York at 11am EDT (8.30pm IST) on Wednesday, August 23. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a lot to redeem, given its predecessor Galaxy Note 7 was recalled due to faulty batteries that posed a fire hazard.

The Galaxy Note 8 has been leaked on several occasions running up to the launch, and the smartphone is expected to come with a dual camera setup, a large Infinity Display and much more. Here’s everything that we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and all the details to help you watch the event live.

Watch Galaxy Note 8 event live

As mentioned, the Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event will begin at 8.30pm IST (11am EDT in New York), and it will be live streamed by Samsung for the global audience to see. You can watch the live stream on Samsung India’s English and Hindi website. Furthermore, you can even head to this link to watch the live stream, just in case the Indian websites face difficulties.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price, availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is tipped to cost around EUR 1,000 (roughly Rs. 75,400) in Europe when it will start to ship in September. This hefty price tag may meet with apprehensions; given that the last year’s fiery Galaxy Note 7 was priced at EUR 849 (roughly Rs. 63,900). However, this is still not the official price, and we’d recommend you to wait it out till the event when the availability and pricing details will be unveiled.

Tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass recently suggested that the Galaxy Note 8 will be made available for pre-orders starting August 24, just a day after its launch and will be released by the company on September 15. Additionally, Blass suggests that the users who pre-order the smartphone will get an option of either a free 256GB SD card and wireless charger or a free Samsung Gear 360 camera. In Europe, the pre-orders will come with a free DeX dock.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Launch Today: How to Watch, What to ExpectSamsung Galaxy Note 8 design

Leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available in eight colour variants – Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Gray/Violet, Coral Blue, Dark Blue, Deep Sea Blue, Pink, and Gold colour variants. Renders suggest that the front panel on all colour variants is said to be Black, while the S Pen matches the colour variant you buy.

The smartphone is expected to sport a dual camera setup, glass back, bezel-less front (Infinity Display), and a S Pen, which looks the same, but is said to have improved touch sensitivity and slightly changed dimensions. The fingerprint scanner is at the back as well, alongside the camera setup. The power key sits on the right edge, while the volume and Bixby button sit on the left edge.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications

Previous rumours suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may sport a 6.3-inch QHD (1440×2960 pixels) Infinity Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It is expected to be powered by Exynos 8895 SoC globally, but use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US, just like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

It is tipped to come with a dual camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors. The primary wide-angle lens comes with an f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus, while the secondary telephoto lens has an f/2.4 aperture and enables a 2x optical zoom. Both the lenses are also said to offer optical image stabilisation as well. It is expected to pack 6GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, which will be further expandable via microSD card. It has also been reported recently that the 256GB storage variant might just be launched exclusively in South Korea and the 128GB storage variant might be launched elsewhere. The handset is expected to measure 162.5×74.6×8.5mm. Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery that can be charged either wirelessly or through USB Type-C.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Will Likely Be an Amazon India Exclusive

Samsung is set to unveil its next phablet in the Galaxy Note series on Wednesday. The Galaxy Note 8 has been pretty much detailed in every way over the many reports in the past few weeks. We know that the Galaxy Note 8 will look similar to Galaxy S8 in terms of its bezel-less design language. It has also been tipped that the phablet will be priced around EUR 1,000 (roughly Rs. 75,400) and will likely be made available for pre-orders starting August 24, and it looks like Amazon India will get the rights to sell the Galaxy Note 8 in the country.

The Galaxy Note 8 will likely be exclusive to Amazon India based on the “Galaxy Unpacked” bannerdisplayed on the e-commerce site. Interestingly, Samsung’s recent Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships were launched with Flipkart as the exclusive online partner. It still unclear whether the Galaxy Note 8 will also be available on Flipkart, but given the lack of promotional banner, it’s safe to say that it will be an Amazon exclusive.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Will Likely Be an Amazon India ExclusiveSamsung’s newest flagship is expected to sport a 6.3-inch QHD (1440×2960 pixels) Infinity Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, which is marginally bigger than the Galaxy S8+. Past leaks suggest that it will be available in eight colour variants – Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Gray/Violet, Coral Blue, Dark Blue, Deep Sea Blue, Pink, and Gold colour variants.

The Galaxy Note 8 is tipped to be powered by Exynos 8895 SoC globally, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US and select other regions. It is also expected to come with a dual camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors. The fingerprint sensor will be placed next to the camera setup similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It will likely be offered in a 6GB+64GB configuration, but a 256GB storage variant has also been suggested. The handset is expected to measure 162.5×74.6×8.5mm. Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery that can be charged either wirelessly or through USB Type-C.

The Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event will begin at 8.30pm IST (11am EDT in New York), and can be live streamed on Samsung India’s website.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 With 6.3-Inch AMOLED Display Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

Is Samsung ready to put behind the disastrous Galaxy Note 7? It sure thinks so. To much fanfare, enthusiastic executives from the Suwon-headquartered company bolted on stage at a media event in New York on Wednesday to unveil the Galaxy Note 8, its new large-screen flagship smartphone, and its strongest weapon to fight the rumoured iPhone 8 and new Google Pixel phones.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – which comes in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue colours – will be available for pre-orders in select markets starting Thursday and will start shipping on September 15. In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 base variant is priced between $930 (roughly Rs. 59,500) on AT&T and $960 on (roughly Rs. 61,500) on Verizon.

Those who pre-order the smartphone will be able to avail a Gear 360 camera or a charging bundle at no price, and Samsung is also said to be offering Galaxy Note 7 customers discounts in a bid to encourage them to purchase the Note 8.

There is no word on when the company plans to launch the Galaxy Note 8 in India just yet, though Amazon India seems to be an official partner.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specifications

Samsung is pulling no punches with its new smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is bigger than ever – literally – sporting a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED Infinity Display of resolution 1440×2960. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (with some markets getting the Samsung Exynos octa-core variant), packs 64GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM, and support for microSD card slot, should you need more space. The Galaxy Note also offers Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE Cat 16 connectivity features.

For photography, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with optical image stabilisation (OIS) on both the f/1.7 wide-angle lens and the f/2.4 telephoto lenses with 2x optical zoom. There’s an f/1.7 8-megapixel camera on the front. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a 3300mAh battery and it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device offers IP68 water and dust resistances, and support for wireless charging, a feature that the upcoming iPhone 8 is rumoured to feature as well. The Galaxy Note 8 also supports NFC and MST for Samsung Pay and features a USB Type-C port.

“The dual-camera setup in the Note 8 is clearly intended to compete with Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, but Apple is likely to move that feature forward this year too, which may leave the Note 8’s feature behind the higher-end iPhone especially,” Jan Dawson, analyst at Jackdaw Research said.

Then, of course, is the signature S-Pen accessory, which the company says will enable people to communicate in “more personal ways” than ever with the Always On-display powered Galaxy Note 8. Samsung has also introduced Live Messages, that will allow people to go beyond texting in their communication with friends. With the S-Pen, users will be able to handwrite a message, add special effects and share it as an animated GIF via several popular messaging and social apps.

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A lot is riding on the Galaxy Note 8, whose predecessor cost the company about $5.3 billion (roughly Rs. 35,433 crores), not to mention the lost brand value.

“The Note 8 is an important release for the company for several reasons. While it is a smaller contributor to Samsung’s revenue than the S8, it is a strong differentiator,” Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research told Gadgets 360. “It will represent a major leap forward for Note 5 users. Samsung has detailed the steps it has taken to ensure battery safety and it can point to the S8 as evidence that it is back on track.”

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Get Google Daydream VR Support

At its I/O conference earlier this year, Google announced that support for its Daydream VR platform was coming to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. As Samsung has been the flag-bearer of Android devices for quite some time, the absence of support for one of Google’s premium features on its 2017 flagship handsets raised some eyebrows. However, the Google Daydream VR support is finally rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ now.

While T-Mobile claimed last month that the Google Daydream VR support had been provided to the flagship Samsung smartphones with its latest update, it wasn’t actually enabled yet. Now the Google+ account of search giant’s virtual reality department has announced that the support is now rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In its post, Google VR said, “The Daydream-ready update is rolling out now to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Explore new worlds with #Daydream.”

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Get Google Daydream VR SupportAndroid Police points out that this might be a server-side switch rather than an over-the-air update as one user on Reddit has suggested that clearing the data of Google’s VR Service app enabled the Daydream support. The Google Daydream VR app can be downloaded by users from the Google Play store.

To recall, after the rollout announcement from T-Mobile, it was found that the Galaxy S8+ was not able to run the service successfully and showed a prompt saying “Incompatible phone.” However, with the latest announcement, the support should be introduced to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. Let us know in comments down below if you have used the Google Daydream VR app or are interested to check it out in person.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) Price Cut in India

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) have received permanent price cuts in India. The company on Friday announced the price revision for A-series phones.

With the price revision, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) will now be available at an MOP of Rs. 22,900, down from earlier price of Rs. 26,900. The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), on the other hand, will be going on sale at an MOP of Rs. 25,900, down from Rs. 30,900. The company says that the price revisions have been made targeted at festive season in the country.

Both the phones were made available in India back in March. The company had priced the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) at Rs. 28,990, while the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) was priced at Rs. 33,490.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) Price Cut in IndiaThe highlight of Galaxy A7 (2017) and the Galaxy A5 (2017) smartphones are their Galaxy S7-style design, cameras with low-light optimisation, a simplified camera UX, as well as their IP68-rating for dust and water resistance, which Samsung claims is a first for the price segment.

The two smartphones are nearly identical – the only differences are in screen size, battery capacity, dimensions, and weight. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display, measures 146.1×71.4×7.9mm, weighs 157 grams, and sports a 3000mAh battery. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display, measures 156.8×77.6×7.9mm, weighs 186 grams, and sports a 3600mAh battery.

Talking about common specifications and features – the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones both come with 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB), a fingerprint scanner (placed on the home button), an Always on Display, a USB Type-C port coupled with a 3.5mm audio jack, Samsung Pay support, as well as the presence of features like Samsung Cloud and Secure Folder. Both smartphones are powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM, and both sport a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an f/1.9 aperture, as well as a 16-megapixel front camera with an f/1.9 aperture.