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Introducing the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, Samsung's slimmest phones to date

Samsung has unveiled their thinnest Android phones to date, meet the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5. Under 7mm thick, with a 5MP front camera, get ready to up your social networking game.
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October 31, 2014

Samsung has announced two new devices, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, that will satisfy your mid-range device needs in an extremely thin, metal constructed frame. The new devices are designed with social networking in mind and will be promoted for the younger crowd.

Both the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 are designed in a similar fashion, but the A5 is clearly the larger and more powerful device of the two. While the Galaxy A5 may be larger when measured edge to edge, it is the thinner of the two, measuring in at just 6.7mm, while the thicker Galaxy A3 also measures in a fraction under 7mm itself.

Samsung Galaxy A5 Group Selfie

In supporting social networking, you should expect a handful of tools to improve your selfies. With a 5MP front camera listed for both models, Samsung lists Wide Selfie, Rear-cam Selfie and Beauty Face Features as camera features for the new phones. The selfie technology includes the ability to automatically focus on a person’s face and even an animated gif mode, for a bit of life in your social media stream.

Both the Galaxy A5 and A3 will come packing a 1.2GHz Quad-core processor, 4G connectivity and include Galaxy line specific features, including Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen. In addition, the A3 and A5 will come with adjustable audio, which will adapt to noise levels in your surrounding environment to adapt and enhance sound output of the devices.

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5 press shots

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is the larger of the two new phones, bringing a 5.0-inch HD Super AMOLED display. As mentioned, it will clock through tasks using a 1.2GHz Quad-core processor. Backing the SoC will be 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for microSD up to 64GB and a larger 13MP rear shooter.

If battery life is of concern for you, we’ll be eager to see what day-to-day usage of the Galaxy A5 can do on the 2300mAh battery.

CPU/GPU1.2GHz Quad-core
Display
5.0-inch, 1920 x 1080
RAM
2GB
Memory
16GB, microSD up to 64GB
Battery
2300 mAh
Camera
13MP/5MP, AF with LED flash
Connectivity
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (BLE, ANT+)
Network
3G HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps or 4G LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps
Sensors
Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, RGB, Proximity, Hall Sensor
OS
Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz
Dimensions
139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7mm, 123g
Colors
Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold

Samsung Galaxy A3

Galaxy A3 all

The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a little less impressive on the specs sheet, good thing we like to get our hands on these devices before we judge them. A 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display is backed by that same 1.2GHz Quad-core processor. 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for 64GB microSD and a decent 8MP rear camera round out the main specs. Turning things down a bit, the Galaxy A3 comes with a 1900mAh battery.

CPU/GPU1.2GHz Quad-core
Display
4.5-inch, qHD
RAM
1GB
Memory
16GB, microSD up to 64GB
Battery
1900 mAh
Camera
8MP/5MP, AF with LED flash
Connectivity
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (BLE, ANT+)
Network
3G HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps or 4G LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps
Sensors
Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, RGB, Proximity, Hall Sensor
OS
Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz
Dimensions
130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9mm, 110.3g
Colors
Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold

These super slim phones will be available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold for ‘select markets’ including China beginning in November. Stay tuned for further price and availability information.

At first glance, what do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3?