Samsung is all pumped up post its biiig product display at the just concluded CES. As a result, it has now launched a new octa-core powered, metal-bodied smartphone to its A series line-up, the Galaxy A7.

Powered by dual 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processors (or 1.5GHz and 1.0GHz in the dual-SIM version) and a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, the Galaxy A7 is Samsung’s second-bet at an octa-core phone. It did so previously, when it launched an eight-core version of the Galaxy S5.

So what’s new in A7 ? Well, apparently nothing. No doubt you get that immensely powerful eight-core processor with a 64 bit Qualcomm chipset, but as for Samsung’s camera-centric design philosophy, it still remains. The phone has a 13 Megapixel rear snapper, with a 5 megapixel, wide-angle front camera.

And not only this, Samsung has made sure that you just do not pay attention to those recently launched selfie sticks, by introducing a special software which takes “wide-angle” selfies. Apparently, the same software takes up an auto-selfie too when you give a voice command or wave a hand.

No official launch dates or price tags have been revealed but many reports have pegged the price to be in the vicinity of $420 off contract.  JK Shin, who somehow managed to retain his current position, said in a statement,

We strive to develop devices that appeal to a broad range of consumers and are ahead of the next big social trend. Combining both a stunning metallic design and a powerful performance, the Galaxy A7 is stylish while delivering the superior user experience.

The phone sports a 5.5 inch screen, which is larger than the previous A series phones. It runs on Android Kit Kat. While the previous A series phone were pretty China-centric, this one seems to be made for the global, especially the western market. Makes sense too, considering the fact that the Korean giant is looking at its first (and huuuuuuge) profit drop in past three years.


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