Samsung has just announced the latest in its A series of phones, the A7 -- and this one might be worth taking seriously. One of Sammy's slimmest ever, it's sleek metallic body houses an eight-core slab of silicon.
Admittedly, the earlier A3 and A5 phones weren't much to write home about. But the new A7 features a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with dual 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processors -- or 1.5GHz and 1.0GHz if you plump for the dual-SIM version. Backing that is 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 2600mAh battery. There's also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera (with an auto-selfie mode...), 13-megapixel rear camera, 5.5-inch sAMOLED screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and LTE. It's 6.3 mm thick and weighs 141g. Not bad. The phone will run Android 4.4 though. Boo.
There's no word on launch dates, initial markets or pricing -- but expect it to cost north of $US400. It will be available in black, white and gold. [Samsung]