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My Trip To Krabi With The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7

During the recent 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 launch event, I won a holiday to Krabi and a 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7, which I reviewed here. Krabi is famous for its beaches, hot spring waterfall and the Emerald Pool, so I took the opportunity to try out the 2017 Galaxy A7 smartphone, which is IP68 water-resistant. Check out some of the pictures and videos I took on my trip to Krabi!

 

Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

The Ao Nang beach is the main beach and transportation hub in Krabi. This is where the main road meets the coasts, and where all the boats to the other beaches and resorts make port. Naturally, it is packed with tourists, and is hardly the pristine beach seen in tourist brochures. However, you can get some pretty nice photos as the sun sets.

Here are some photos I took at, or near, the Ao Nang beach, using the 2017 Galaxy A7 smartphone. They have been cropped but not edited in any other way.

Next Page > The Krabi Hot Spring Waterfall Pictures & Video

 

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The Krabi Hot Spring Waterfall

The Krabi hot spring waterfall is one of Krabi’s main tourist attractions. Also known as Namtok Ron Khlong Thom, it features a mix of hot springs and cool streams which converge to create a waterfall of warm water.

Due to the craggy nature of the rocks and tree roots in and around the hot springs and waterfall, you are highly advised NOT to carry your smartphone, unless they are water-resistant like the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series (IP68) the Samsung Galaxy S7 (IP68) or the Apple iPhone 7 (IP67), or are protected with a waterproof case / bag.

Here is a video I took with the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7. Because it does not support image stabilisation, a gimbal like the DJI Osmo Mobile is highly recommended. Then again, the gimbal is not water-resistant…

Next Page > The Krabi Emerald Pool Pictures & Videos

 

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The Krabi Emerald Pool

The Krabi Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot) is another must-see tourist attraction. Also known as the Crystal Pool, it is located in the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, which is close by the Krabi hot spring  waterfall.

The pool requires some walking (800 meters or so), but it is worth the calories burned. Just make sure you are prepared to get wet. So make sure you bring a waterproof bag for your smartphone, unless they are water-resistant like the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series (IP68) the Samsung Galaxy S7 (IP68) or the Apple iPhone 7 (IP67).

Here are is a video I took of the Krabi Emerald Pool.

The Krabi Emerald Pool has a sandy bottom with rocks all around. However, the rocks are very slippery because they are covered with underwater moss.

This video and photos will show you just how good the front 16 MP camera is on the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7!

 

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The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series Launch & Pre-Order

Earlier this week, we revealed that Samsung would be extending the IP68 capability to the 2017 Galaxy A Series smartphones. This makes them the most affordable IP68-capable smartphones in the world! This was confirmed at the official launch of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series smartphones yesterday.

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series launch was also the first major product launch of 2017, with almost 200 members of the media and local celebrities attending. More importantly, Malaysia is the first country to offer the 2017 Galaxy A smartphones! Check it out!

Originally published @ 2017-01-06

Updated @ 2017-01-11 : Added a video of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series pre-order promotion.

 

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series Launch

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series launch kicked off with an introduction by Lee Jui Siang (Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics).

Then, Go Benn Lee (Manager, Product Marketing, Mobile Division, Samsung Malaysia Electronics) shared with us the key features of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series smartphones.

Finally, Lee Jui Siang hosted a short Q&A session with the media on the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series smartphones.

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The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A7 (2017)Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Design2.5D glass (front) + 3D glass (rear) + metal frame
2.5D glass (front) + 3D glass (rear) + metal frame
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Dust- And Water-ResistanceIP68-rated
- water submersion up to 1.5 m for up to 30 minutes
IP68-rated
- water submersion up to 1.5 m for up to 30 minutes
Display5.7" Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels)
- Always On Display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
5.2" Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels)
- Always On Display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 7880 OctaSamsung Exynos 7880 Octa
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.9 GHz)8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.9 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T830MP2ARM Mali-T830MP2
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat.6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
4G : LTE Cat.6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
GPSGPS + GLONASSGPS + GLONASS
Memory3 GB3 GB
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera16 MP fixed focus camera with f/1.9 lens16 MP fixed focus camera with f/1.9 lens
Rear Camera16 MP PDAF sensor with f/1.9 lens16 MP PDAF sensor with f/1.9 lens
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
USB PortUSB Type CUSB Type C
Battery3,600 mAh lithium-ion (non-removable)
- supports Fast Charging
3,000 mAh lithium-ion (non-removable)
- supports Fast Charging
Dimensions77.6 mm (wide) x 156.8 mm (tall) x 7.9 mm (thick)71.4 mm (wide) x 146.1 mm (tall) x 7.9 mm (thick)
Weight186 g159 g
Launch PriceRM 1,899 / ~US$ 419RM 1,699 / ~US$ 379

 

Next Page > The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series Pre-order Details & Press Release

 

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The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series Pre-order Details

The 2017 Galaxy A Series will launch with two models – the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), with the recommended retail price of RM 1,699 (~US$ 379) and RM 1,899 (~US$ 429) respectively.

Both models will be opened for pre-orders starting Friday, 6th January 2017, at 10.00 AM until Sunday, 22 January 2017 at selected participating outlets. Yes, Samsung has extended the pre-order by another week!

To celebrate the official arrival, fans will receive a free Samsung Level U Pro wireless headphone, worth RM 399 (~US$ 89), for every unit purchased during this exclusive pre-order sale. This pre-order promotion is limited to a first-come-first-serve basis while allocated stocks last. Pre-order collection will start on 25th January 2017.

Fans can pre-order the new 2017 Galaxy A smartphones at selected Samsung outlets , as well as online in the Samsung online store in Lazada and in 11street.

 

The Official 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series Press Release

5 January 2017 – Millennials are a style-conscious, tech-loving generation that enjoy surprises, spontaneous plans and unexpected trips. They take on and embrace the joy of life’s offerings as they come with undeterred confidence, unafraid to take risks as there is no day like today, and no better moment than now.

Echoing this outlook on life, Samsung has revamped its mid-range smartphone range, to meet the aspirational desires of the millennials to own the ultimate powerhouse that will enrich their lifestyle further. Ushering in the New Year with the spirit of living life unplanned, Samsung Malaysia Electronics introduces two devices in its latest Galaxy A Series (2017) range, the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017)!

“The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) are the latest additions to the Malaysian market and they complement the needs of connected millennials who crave spontaneity and seek life’s pleasures in the most fulfilling way. The millennial consumers are socially active, fun-seeking individuals who live in the moment, and we at Samsung want to help them get ready for anything that comes their way. So for the first time ever in the Galaxy A Series, we made the 2017 variant to be dust and water resistant – youthful, trendy and cool as the right companion for millennials!” said Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

The first in Samsung’s mid-range smartphones to carry an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, the Galaxy A Series (2017) promises uncompromised non-stop fun. Its IP68 rated dust and water resistance simply spells out worry-free impromptu days out in the sun and rain, on the beach or by the pool! Say yes to living in the moment and be ready for anything that comes your way!

These powerful devices also come equipped with enhanced 16MP front and rear camera with f1.9 lens and Light+ Camera feature for sharper images and beautiful shots even in lowlight or at night – an incredibly handy feature when you least expect it – whether on a romantic night stroll or that caving trip you and your friends decided to embark on. Also new in the Galaxy A Series (2017) is the Floating Camera Button which can be moved freely to anywhere on the screen for even more convenience with selfies!

Taking its cue from the flagship Galaxy mobile device experience, the Galaxy A Series (2017) boasts vivid Full HD 5.7-inch and 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen displays – perfect for immersive gaming on the go or even binge-watching cat videos on YouTube! Never miss an episode of your favourite vlogger no matter where you are – just whip out your Galaxy A Series (2017) and enjoy the flagship-like immersive experience and performance!

The Galaxy A Series (2017) also comes Samsung Pay ready, a new alternative when making purchases at places where credit, debit and prepaid cards are accepted[1]. 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.

The devices also come preloaded with mySamsung, Samsung’s own mobile app that helps users set up, manage and optimise their Samsung experience and stay updated with the latest Samsung offers and promotions. Another app to look out for is Samsung Milk Music, a downloadable app for Samsung users only that offers access to a wide range of personalised curated stations so users can listen to all their favourite music right from their Galaxy A devices!

Other amazing features of the new Galaxy A Series (2017) include bigger batteries (3,600mAh for A7 and 3,000mAh for A5), Fast-Charging capabilities, expandable storage up to 256GB, Always-On Display, Secure Folder and Samsung Cloud for added convenience.

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Available in Black Sky and Gold Sand colour options, the new Galaxy A Series (2017) will be available at all Samsung brand stores nationwide from 25th January 2017 onwards at a recommended retail price of RM1,899 (Galaxy A7 2017) and RM1,699 (Galaxy A5 2017) inclusive of GST.

Join the in-store pre-order and be the first to own the new Galaxy A Series (2017)! Head on to selected Samsung outlets from 6th to 15th January 2017 to place an order and receive a complimentary Samsung Level U Pro wireless headphones worth RM399. Pre-order collection will start on 25th January 2017.

Fans can pre-order the new 2017 Galaxy A smartphones at selected Samsung outlets , as well as online in the Samsung online store in Lazada and in 11street.

[1] Based on compatibility of Samsung Pay on MST and/or NFC payment terminals, with some supported for use only after software upgrades. Samsung Pay is exclusive to selected Samsung Galaxy smartphones only, and available across participating payment networks, banks and merchants. Availability may vary at launch, please check for updates.

 

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Samsung Extends IP68 Capability To 2017 Galaxy A Series!

If you have been hankering for a water-resistant smartphone like the award-winning Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Lowest Price), but can’t quite afford one, you will be glad to know that the new 2017 Galaxy A Series smartphones will feature the same IP68 dust- and water-resistance!

This makes them the first smartphones from the Samsung Galaxy A family to ever offer dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, Malaysia is the first country to offer the 2017 Galaxy A smartphones!

Originally published @ 2017-01-03

Updated @ 2017-01-11 : Added a video of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series pre-order promotion.

Updated @ 2017-01-17 : Samsung extended the pre-order by another week!

 

Why Bother With IP68?

One of the most impressive things about the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Lowest Price) is its IP68 rating. Far from being a passing fad, it gave the Galaxy S7 edge and its smaller brother, the Galaxy S7, a distinct advantage in survivability and usability.

As we explained in our Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge IP68 rating primer, both the Samsung Galaxy S7 (Lowest Prices) and Galaxy S7 edge (Lowest Prices) smartphones can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

That’s very impressive, and was one of their key advantages over their main competitors – the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Even the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are only IP67-certified – they can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

These water-resistant smartphones offer not just better survivability (if you drop them into water), they also offer greater usability. You can now use them in environments once considered impossible – the pool, the beach, in the rain, etc. Awesome, no?

 

Samsung Teasers

Samsung first alluded to the possibility with these two teaser images in December 2016. The first stated – “It all begins with A. Hold your breath.” The next teaser image came with the caption – “Hold your breath. A new wave is approaching.

If those captions was not explicit enough, the water splash image left no doubt that the Galaxy A Series (2017) smartphones will definitely boast some kind of water resistance. At that time, we did not know if it will feature the same IP68 rating as the Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7, or the lower IP67 rating of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

We can now confirm that the 2017 Galaxy A Series smartphones will feature the same IP68 rating as the Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 smartphones!

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The 2017 Galaxy A Series Pre-order Promotion

The 2017 Galaxy A Series will launch with two models – the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), with the recommended retail price of RM 1,699 (~US$ 379) and RM 1,899 (~US$ 429) respectively. You can check out their specifications in our launch coverage!

Both models will be opened for pre-orders starting Friday, 6th January 2017, at 10.00 AM until Sunday, 22 January 2017 at selected participating outlets. Yes, Samsung extended the pre-order by another week!

To celebrate the official arrival, fans will receive a free Samsung Level U Pro wireless headphone, worth RM 399 (~US$ 89), for every unit purchased during this exclusive pre-order sale. This pre-order promotion is limited to a first-come-first-serve basis while allocated stocks last. Pre-order collection will start on 25th January 2017.

Fans can pre-order the new 2017 Galaxy A smartphones at selected Samsung outlets , as well as online in the Samsung online store in Lazada and in 11street.

 

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