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Images and specs of Samsung’s next metallic phone leak

The SM-A500, one of Samsung's "A series" phones that feature metal builds, popped up in the Chinese certification database, suggesting its release is getting close.
September 18, 2014
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Images and specifications of the SM-A500 have surfaced in Chinese regulatory docs.

The SM-A500 is reportedly one of Samsung’s new “A series” of metallic phones that combine sleek design with mid-range specifications, along the SM-A300 and SM-A700. According to Sam Mobile’s sources, the SM-A500 will actually feature a full metal body, and not just an aluminum frame like the Galaxy Alpha and the Note 4.

Now the SM-A500 has been spotted in the database of TENAA, China’s telecom overseer. The listing includes several images showing a thin device with a rather typical Samsung design, but it’s not clear from the low-resolution pictures what the phone is made of. One distinctive feature revealed in the images is the speaker grille, which is positioned near the camera and has a metallic mesh design.

The listing mentions some specifications as well: the phone will be 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm (same thickness as the Alpha) and weigh just 126 grams. There will be LTE, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP frontal one, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (likely Snapdragon 400), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and the previously reported 5-inch HD screen.

The specs confirm our impression that the SM-A500 is a mid-ranger that’s meant to impress through good looks, rather than a beefy spec sheet. It will be interesting to see Samsung’s pricing strategy in this respect.

The new A series is said to launch this quarter, which means we could see an official announcement from Samsung any time now. Interested?