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We know that Samsung is preparing to launch the 2017 edition of the Galaxy A family: A3, A5, and A7. We brought you exclusive renders of the mid-sized Galaxy A5 (2017) – with its very familiar metal and glass design – and now according to rumors, its bigger sibling will come with a 16-megapixel front facing camera and an IP68 rating.

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According to Sammobile, the 2017 edition of the Galaxy A7 – also known as SM-A720F – will feature a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a FHD resolution. That is a slight increase in size from last year’s model, which has a 5.5-inch screen. Under the hood, the A7 is said to be powered by Exynos 7870 Octa coupled with 3GB of RAM. The base model is likely to have 32GB of storage with support for microSD cards. The biggest changes are, however, its selfie-shooter and water-resistance.

If the recent AnTuTu benchmark results are true, we could be seeing a 16-megapixel front facing camera in the Galaxy A7 (2017). My guess is this is going to be the same module we saw in the Galaxy C9 Pro, which launched with a 16-megapixel selfie-shooter with an aperture of f/1.9. And Samsung will reportedly bring the IP68 rating found in the Galaxy S7 to the A7, which means it’ll be dust-resistant and can be submerged in water for 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5 meters.

My guess is this is going to be the same module we saw in the Galaxy C9 Pro, which launched with a 16-megapixel selfie-shooter with an aperture of f/1.9.

Although there are no official words on when we would be seeing the 2017 refresh of the Galaxy A family, my guess would be around December. Last year’s models were released at the end of 2015, so that would make the most sense. Based on the renders of the upcoming Galaxy A5, its bigger sibling should also feature a USB Type-C port, but it’s not clear whether the 2017 Galaxy A models will launch with Marshmallow or Nougat. I’m really hoping for the latter.

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