While everyone is expecting Samsung to make a lot of waves in early 2017 with the Galaxy S8, the South Korean phone maker also has a lot of other Android smartphones in the works, most of which were designed to offer mid-range specs at affordable prices. Most notably, we're still waiting for Samsung to officially unveil the third generation of its Galaxy A lineup, i.e. the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and the Galaxy A7. Recent reports had suggested that Samsung will be releasing the trio by the end of the year, but that launch has now apparently been delayed until January.
This new information comes from Roland Quandt, a reliable source for leaks who recently took to Twitter to reveal that the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 will be hitting the markets in Western Europe in mid-January. Both devices will allegedly be available in Black, Gold, Blue, and Pink colors. Furthermore, Quandt is claiming that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will retail for €349, while the slightly more powerful Galaxy A5 (2017) is expected to ship with a $449 price tag. For added context, that's around $365 and $470, respectively. Quandt claims this information comes directly from European smartphone retailers.
Interestingly enough, the source had no information on the Galaxy A7 (2017), which seemingly suggests Samsung has yet to provide its retail partners with details on the third generation of this mid-range smartphone. Of course, it's possible that Samsung has no plans to debut the latest revision of the Galaxy A7 in Europe, but that doesn't seem likely. If the said device doesn't launch by February, it's reasonable to expect that the South Korean tech giant will unveil it at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona which is scheduled to start on February 27th.
Furthermore, if this information proves to be accurate, it's likely that Samsung will launch the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 in other European countries shortly after their January debut in Western Europe. At least, that's what the company's previous release patterns would suggest. Unfortunately, there's still no word on when the third generation of Galaxy A phones will be available in the United States and other territories.