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Now that 2016 is coming to an end, Samsung smartphone fans are looking forward to the release of the Galaxy A7 for 2017. Despite the excitement and online rumors about the much-awaited date, there are talks that there will be a delay in the launching and those who want to own the latest model will have to wait a little longer because of battery issues.

With the problem of the Korean manufacturer with the global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 and its impact on the overall credibility of the company, there have been reports from France that talk about the explosion of the Galaxy J5 battery. This, they say, is the main reason Samsung has to put off the launch date to ensure safety issues are checked before the phone is made available to consumers.

As for the specifications of the Android phone, these include a 5.5-inch display with a newly improved resolution as opposed to the previous model. While the design still remains the same, there are other new features to expect for the upcoming model.

There will be two options for the internal storage. These will be 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, a big difference to the previous Samsung Galaxy A7 that only came with 16GB internal memory. Indeed, the hardware received much of a makeover that it is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset at 1.8Ghz and will have the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS as well as the Mali-T830 graphics processing unit. As for external storage, the A7(2017) has a slot for a MicroSD card that is expandable up to 256GB.

For users who love taking pictures, there will be 18MP cameras at the rear and in front to make selfie images clearer and more detailed. According to bench-marking website AnTuTu, aside from the 5.5” display, the device will have 3GB RAM.

Until the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is finally released, all the rumors on the specs and features will remain as such but if it is true that the design will still be similar with its successor, those who want to own the Galaxy A7 next year should hope that the upgrade will be better.

It can be remembered that both Galaxy A7 (2015) and Galaxy A5 (2016) got an Android Marshmallow update. That said, the talks that the next A7 having a pre-installed Marshmallow OS will not be surprising.