We have been talking about the Samsung Galaxy A7 for quite a bit now, even as the new super-slim metallic smartphone has already been approved by China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center – which probably means it’s launching in China soon. The US FCC has also approved the same model, but curiously, only a 3G model of the phone passed FCC’s tests.


The FCC documents show that the Samsung Galaxy A7 has been certified for WCDMA 1900 (II) / 850 (V) MHz, which means that the phone will be operating on 3G frequencies. If the Galaxy A7 is going to be launched in the United States, this seems a bit odd, as most networks are transitioning to LTE at this point.

This might be the case if the Galaxy A7 will be marketed as a mid-tier phone, but the device’s other specs belie that. Apart from its premium slim form factor, Galaxy A7 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core processor in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 clocked at 1.5Ghz per core.

There’s also a 13MP/8MP camera combo, 2GB RAM and 16GB of non-expandable internal storage, all running Android 4.4.4 Kitkat. Did the phone not pass FCC’s LTE requirements? Will Samsung push for LTE certification for this device? Or will it be sold as a 3G device in the US? Watch this space.

VIA: Blog of Mobile