Samsung announce Galaxy A5 and A3: Thin metal unibody smartphones

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3

 

Samsung, pretty much out of nowhere have announced two new smartphones coming to market. The new Galaxy A5 and A3 will both feature thin and complete metal unibody designs. Starting with the Galaxy A3, we have a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHZ quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. There is thankfully a MicroSD card slot available as well. The phone also sports an 8MP rear facing camera and 5MP front facing camera. The A3 weights 110.sg and is  just 6.9mm thin. It also has a 1,900mAh battery

Stepping it up a notch, we have the Galaxy A5 with 5-inch 720p display and the same 1.2GHz processor, but with 2GB of RAM to play with. It also shares the same 16GB internal storage and MicroSD slot. The main camera jumps to 13MP with the selfie camera sticking to 5MP. The A5 comes in at 6.7mm thin and weighs 123g. It has a much larger battery at 2,300mAh.

The aim of both devices is for solid mid-range specs, but mainly a stylish device for teens. Samsung are also putting focus on social networking, but that mainly stems from the light, thin and metal design profile.

Pricing and availability are pretty scarce right now, but the devices are launching in China in November, with Samsung announcing their UK launch in “Due Course”. Both models will be available in Black, White, Silver, Gold, Blue, and Pink.

  Galaxy A3
Network 4G: LTE Cat4 (150/50Mbps)

3G: HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps

Processor 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Display 4.5” qHD Super AMOLED
OS Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Camera Rear: 8MP AF with LED Flash

Front: 5.0MP

Camera Features Wide Selfie, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty Face Features
Video H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VP8, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8
Playback : FHD(1920*1080) @ 30fps
Audio Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, Vorbis(OGG), WAV
Additional Features Ultra Power Saving Mode, Changeable Theme (Natural, Classic, Casual, Romantic) *Varies by markets
Google Mobile Service Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Connectivity Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: 4.0(BLE, ANT+)
NFC (LTE version only)
A-GPS/ GLONASS
Sensor Accelerometer, Proximity, Geo-magnetic, RGB ambient light, Hall Sensor
Memory 16GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)

1GB RAM

Dimension 130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9mm, 110.3g
Battery 1,900 mAh

 

  Galaxy A5
Network 4G: LTE Cat4 (150/50Mbps)

3G: HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps

Processor 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Display 5.0” HD Super AMOLED
OS Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Camera Rear: 13MP AF with LED Flash

Front: 5.0MP

Camera Features Wide Selfie, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty Face Features
Video H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VP8, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8
Playback : FHD(1920*1080) @ 30fps
Audio Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, Vorbis(OGG), WAV
Additional Features Ultra Power Saving Mode, Changeable Theme (Natural, Classic, Casual, Romantic), Private Mode, Multi Screen, Quick Connect
Google Mobile Service Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Connectivity Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: 4.0(BLE, ANT+)
NFC (LTE version only)
A-GPS/ GLONASS
Sensor Accelerometer, Proximity, Geo-magnetic, RGB ambient light, Hall Sensor
Memory 16GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)

2GB RAM

Dimension 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7mm, 123g
Battery 2,300 mAh

 

This article was written using the Asus T100 powered by Intel

Craig O'Sullivan

Creator of Geektech.ie Passionate about Technology and always looking for that next cool gadget or app

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