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Samsung does metal phones on a budget with Galaxy A5 and A3

Katharine Byrne
31 Oct 2014
Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3
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The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 will form a new series of budget metal handsets and are Samsung's slimmest smartphones to date

Samsung has today announced a new A series of budget smartphones which will have full metal unibody designs. Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Alpha, the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are also Samsung's slimmest smartphones to date, measuring 6.5mm and 6.9mm thick respectively. 

“The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a beautifully crafted full metal unibody, slim design, superior hardware and the best possible social media experience,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious consumers.”

In terms of specifications, previous rumours proved to be right on the money, as both phones will have Super AMOLED displays, a 5-megapixel front facing camera for taking all-important selfies, 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card, and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (most likely a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400). 

As the larger of the two phones, the Galaxy A5 will have a 5in 1,280x720 resolution screen, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of RAM and a 2,300mAh battery. The smaller Galaxy A3, meanwhile, will have a 4.5in 960x540 resolution display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM and a 1,900mAh battery. 

Both phones will be available in 3G and 4G variations, with the 4G versions also including NFC support in addition to the usual 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. They'll also be available in a range of colours, including Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold. 

The Galaxy A5 and A3 will be available in select markets starting with China in November 2014. UK pricing and availability will be confirmed in due course. 

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