Samsung's new Galaxy A smartphones bring waterproofing, dustproofing and quick-charging to the mid range

The South Korean giant kicks off 2017 by filling the gap before the eventual arrival of the Galaxy S8

With CES a mere few days away, Samsung is kicking off 2017 with the reveal of a new range of smartphones designed to plug that gap before the rumoured arrival of the Galaxy S8 later in the year.

The Galaxy A range, which includes the Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A3 2017, bring IP68 water and dust resistant proofing to the mix along with a raft of other attractive features.

While the Galaxy A range certainly won't be taking over as Samsung's flagship models, they're still packing plenty of punch. The A5 2017 (pictured above) is the larger of the two with a 5.2-inch screen, while the A3 2017 (pictured below) comes with a slightly smaller 4.7-inch display.

Both models come with Samsung's Fast Charging tech, meaning either of the new Galaxy A smartphones can be charged up to 50% in a mere 30 minutes - pretty impressive if you're looking to fill your phone with juice in a hurry.

Both come with reversible Type-C USB, Always On Displays for helpful notifications that don't train too much power and microSD support up to 256GB.

No news yet on a release date, or a final price point, but Samsung has confirmed pre-orders for the Galaxy A range will begin on 20 January.

Dom Reseigh-Lincoln has been writing for T3 for over half a decade now, covering everything from mobile phones and laptops right through to video games and gaming peripherals. Purveyor of an excellent beard, as well as some perpetually cheeky offspring, Dom likes to wind down in his spare time by listening to heavy metal.