2016 is no doubt a year that Samsung would want to put behind them, but what better way to kick-off the new year than with the launch of the A3 and A5, two new variants of the Galaxy A series.

After many months of rumours regarding the handsets, today Samsung officially unveiled the latest offering from the Galaxy A Series.

Coming in at two sizes, the 5.2-inch A5 and the 4.7-inch A3, the new Android phone will combine some of the best bits from the much-loved S7 at a more mid-range price.

For the first time the Galaxy A series will be dust and water resistant. Its IP68 rating means it can be submerged in 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5

Also similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 is its always-on display, showing you your latest notifications without having to wake it.

It supports an external microSD card of up to 256GB, perfect for capturing and saving as much content as you want without having to worry about storage.

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Design-wise Samsung has stuck to its tried and tested formula, with the handsets not veering too far away in looks from their predecessors.

However the rounder edges combined with the phones’ metal frames and sleek glass backs bring the A3 and A5 up-to-date with a more refined look.

Galaxy A3 (2017)

The four colour options on offer give the Galaxy A3 and A5 some personality. There’s a choice of Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.

Samsung is renowned for its smartphone cameras and both lenses have had an upgrade. The advanced camera technology now allows you to capture your favourite moments in low-light conditions.

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This combined with the super-accurate autofocus and 16MP front and back lens, will guarantee some impressive-looking snaps.

Not only that, the Galaxy A3 and A5 lets you experiment with some Instagram friendly modes, including Food Mode that optimises and enhances the colour and contrast of shots. That homemade Sunday roast can now really be shown off to its full potential.

Galaxy A5 (2017)

For all the selfie lovers out there the Galaxy A5 has an impressive 16MP front facing camera.

Samsung has also added an extra feature to make it easier when it comes to taking your your snaps with one hand. Tap anywhere on the screen to capture your selfies and if you’re in low-light conditions you can use the display as a front facing flash.

Under the hood the Samsung Galaxy A5 will feature 3GB worth of RAM, 32GB storage, Bluetooth 4.2 and a 3,000mAh fast charging battery.

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While the smaller A3 has 13MP rear and 8MP front facing camera, 2GB RAM and 16GB. Also worth nothing that both handsets sport fingerprint scanners, USB Type-C charging and NFC (near field communication).

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 will be available to pre-order in the UK from January 20, with them set to be released in early February. Anyone who pre-orders will also receive a free pair of Samsung LEVEL Active Wireless Headphones.

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