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Samsung announces the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 smart phones with metal unibody design


The Samsung Galaxy A series is now official with 2 models – the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5. This is a new line up designed for the younger crowd and it features a slim profile under 7mm with a full metal unibody design.

Unlike its flagship Galaxy S series that comes with an ascending numbering system for each generation, the new Galaxy A series employs an Audi/BMW-like numbering convention with the A3 being the smallest with a 4.5″ display and the A5 comes with a bigger 5.0″ screen.


Samsung Galaxy A5

The Samsung Galaxy A5 specs include a 5″ HD 720p (1280×720) Super AMOLED display and it runs on a Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor (likely to be Snapdragon 410) that’s mated to 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of on-board storage which can be expanded via microSD up to 64GB.

At the back, you’ll find a 13MP camera while selfie shots are handled by a larger 5MP front camera that’s capable of shooting Wide-Selfie. Connectivity wise, there’s WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and Cat4 4G LTE with speeds up to 150Mbps. With a 2,300mAh capacity on-board the Galaxy A5 is 6.7mm thin and weighs 123 grams. That’s the same thickness as the Galaxy Alpha but the Alpha is lighter at 115grams.

Samsung Galaxy A3

The Galaxy A3 is a notch below with a 4.5″ display that also uses Super AMOLED but it pushes a lower qHD resolution of 960×540. It is powered by the same processor as the Galaxy A5 but mated to just 1GB of RAM. On-board it also gets 16GB of storage that also comes with an expandable microSD slot.

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The front retains the same 5MP camera but the back settles for a lower 8MP camera. It also supports 4G LTE and powering the A3 is a slightly smaller 1,900mAh battery. Overall, it is much lighter at 110.3 grams but it is a negligibly thicker at 6.9mm.

Both the A3 and A5 will come with a variety of colours including Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold. As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 will be available first in China starting in November 2014. You can probably expect the Galaxy A5 to be launched in Malaysia as it was certified under SIRIM.