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 2,600mAh 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 $400. It will be available in black, white and gold. [Samsung]