Samsung Galaxy A7 release date, specs updates: New benchmark results leaked; mid-range device to come with two 16-megapixel cameras

(Samsung website)A promotional photo for Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

While the focus of media focus has largely been on Samsung's latest flagship offerings, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy Note 7, several new leaks have surfaced, revealing what to expect from the company's mid-range flagship, the Samsung Galaxy A7. Based on the leaked specs, the upcoming 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 looks to be quite the performer, with some of its features coming very close to those on the Galaxy S7.

Most consumers would probably want to get their hands on the higher-end lineup, but the cost of a unit might be an issue for some. This is mainly the reason why Samsung decided to launch its mid-range A series smartphones. Next year's offering, however, seems to be quite different as it, apparently, almost matches the specs of the current Galaxy S7.

According to a recently uncovered benchmark result, the new Galaxy A7 will be powered by an Octa-core Cortex A53 chipset humming at 1.8 GHz. The central processing unit (CPU) will be paired with 3 GB of random access memory (RAM), with an ARM Mali-T830 graphics processing unit (GPU) handling the graphics work. The device will also be equipped with a large 5.5-inch display that has a 1920x1080 pixel resolution.

While the internal hardware itself is a watered-down version of the Galaxy S7, what really stands out in the specs list is the Galaxy A7's camera setup. The leak reveals that the Galaxy S7 will, apparently, have two 16-megapixel units on it, one in the front and one in the back. It isn't clear if both cameras use the same lenses or have the same functionality. On the down side, both camera have been revealed to be unable to take 4K videos and are only able to take full HD 1080p clips. Nevertheless, it still would be interesting to see a smartphone from Samsung with the same unit for its main and secondary camera.

For now, there isn't really any official announcements on when the new A7 would be made available. It is, however, expected to be priced similarly to its predecessor — at around $450.