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Meet Samsung's metallic SM-A500: it's as thin as the Galaxy Alpha

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Meet Samsung's metallic SM-A500: it's as thin as the Galaxy Alpha
Not long after hearing contradictory rumors about the unannounced Samsung SM-A500, it’s now time to finally see some photos of the handset, and check out most of its final features (we can do this thanks to the fact that the SM-A500 was approved by China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center). The SM-A500 - or SM-A5000, as it’s listed in China - weighs 126 grams and measures 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm, thus being as thin as the Galaxy Alpha. The photos seen in the slideshow below seemingly confirm the fact that the smartphone has a metal frame, though we can’t be sure if its body is all metal (as it’s been previously rumored).

Running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the SM-A500 sports a 5-inch AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels, further featuring: LTE, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and microSD card support (up to 128 GB). The processor that’s powering the device is a quad-core 1.2 GHz one, but it’s not clear if it’s a Snapdragon 400, or the newer and faster Snapdragon 410.

Samsung will probably announce the SM-A500 pretty soon. It will be interesting to see what name the handset is going to have (since SM-A500 is just its model number). Until we hear more on this, let us know if you like what you’re seeing thus far.


source: TENAA (translated)

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posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:00 5

1. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


why not 1080p ?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:05 2

4. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


its a typical shape and typical design

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:29 3

7. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Because Samsung is trying to be Apple...

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:22 14

20. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


you said the opposit, it was true till two years before but now apple is trying to be samsung... dont you see what they have done to iphone? clearly following Samsung's foot steps

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 02:08 1

26. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Like releasing the Alpha?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 02:11 2

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


No not like releasing the alpha, like ip6 & 6+, you totally misunderstand.... Alpha seems to be a troll device instead of a copy

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:49

51. neela_akaash (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


I think iFans have started thinking that aluminum was invented by Apple.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 08:27 2

44. VHMP01 (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


Apple is trying to be Samsung! You know the iPhone 6 & 6+... On the other hand Samsung is mocking Apple, meaning Samsung can easily do it better at Apple's territoty!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:39 1

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Because it has a Snapdragon 400 or 410. They aren't powerful enough to push a 1080p display.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 04:48

33. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


thx for explanation

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:46 2

52. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Under powered processor? Low resolution display? "Premium build"? Sound familiar?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:00

54. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


aah! I got you DirtyDan... I know you mean iphone ;)
So can we consider this phone as true iphone competitor?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:17

57. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


lol 8 core could not do how will this ?btw trolling is not good for your health . on the other hand if you know abcd of processors you would realise A8 is Nvidia tegra denver class chip . Just visit arm website and search for cortex A57 design .

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 16:14

59. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


If you mean the iPhone, then no. The 6 might have a lower resolution than other flagships, but the A8 is not underpowered, and the build quality is definitely premium.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:04 4

16. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


its mid range 720p fine 4 mid

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:00 7

2. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 113; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


Sammy is in the right path!!!!!!!!! Nice work Sammy!!!!!!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:29 2

23. Suo.Eno (Posts: 475; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


What path? Better body? Maybe. But from what I've around this thing is basically a full metal bodied Galaxy Grand 2 refresh (if it's SD400 inside) with a 270mAh LESS batt capacity?

And timing wise this is going head to head to Lenovo Vibe Z2 which already auto win at various spec diffs...

posted on 19 Sep 2014, 08:41

61. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 113; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


I was talking about the design.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:05 6

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


looks like samsung got a metal fetish now

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:07 6

5. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


why not? every hater call them cheapo plastic... lets see what they will call them now

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:32

9. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


I actually started out with a Samsung Behold..and it was great. My second Samsung device is my tab pro and it is amazing as well. Though I love my tablet....I still wish it wasnt made of plastic...it feels cheap and was probably cheap to manufacture....just expensive due to marketing and all the cost that hits Samsung in making it a product.

I want Samsung to move towards metal.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:25 1

21. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Your point is true related to marketing cost but the second reason is their use of precious SAmoled screen... Super Amoled screen is costlier than LCDs

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 03:05

28. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


If Samsung made metal frame, I'm sure they will high their phone price. And many of android users fan will not happy because they can't afford to have samsung with metal frame.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:09

56. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yes, they are poor and since you are a filthy rich dude and a quite gental man as well, so I hope you will pay for all of android users

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:10

17. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


If only we could force them to update the user interface and replace for change TouchWiz

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:20 3

19. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


in fact like some great features of touchwiz... Samsung should work how to optimize touchwiz

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 07:53

43. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Alpha FLIES. I couldn't believe it. The Exynos one at least.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 14:19

58. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


keep the features upgrade the gingerbread era ui and improve the speed and frame rates .

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 03:18 2

29. Xenaz (Posts: 144; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


Some Samsung Fxnboys once called HTC One as "Cheap Tin Can", maybe Samsung haters will gonna reuse it.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 06:17 1

37. iushnt (Posts: 1484; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


hmm, even samsung says that metal are for mid-rangers by releasing this phone

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 09:10

46. pego99 (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Samsung uses crap metal Apple uses premium metal

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 13:06

55. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yeah... I agree with you... samsung uses crap aluminum and apple uses premium platinum, right?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:12 2

6. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


iPhone front meets Lumia 930 sides and joins generic Samsung back... Yawn.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:00 3

15. sniperdroid (Posts: 146; Member since: 23 May 2013)


You must be a riot at parties.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:30 2

8. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Boring mid-range smartphone from Samsung. Nothing new here...

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 08:28 1

45. VHMP01 (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


Just as any iPhone basically! Except the Price!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:33

10. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Will have no problem passing this one by. Weak//

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:47 5

12. phantom_six_man (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


if they only put that memory card expansion to alpha,then alpha would be great,

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:48

13. medtxa (Posts: 1104; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


no camera bump I see

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:52 2

14. Gothbeard (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Looking at the front it could be any one of a 1000 Samsung models from the last 3 years.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:56

25. Cicero (Posts: 848; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


S Advance.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:11

18. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I think the alpha is not meant to compete with the iphone but with the affordable midrange to high end devices in china

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:28

22. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


alpha cannot be affordable midrange bcoz its expensive... I still not understand what is the true reason behind alpha... I just consider it as a trolling on iphone

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 03:20

30. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Behind the Alpha? TouchWiz, Multitasking and can be laggy also.

That's all, thank you!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 07:09 1

42. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


For me if it were a real iphone competitor it should have had a premium price tag(same as iphone6). But seeing it priced below the s5, i think this is just a new addition to their mid range category and yeah, they could also be trolling apple with what they're doing

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:37

24. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That looks really nice. Cold sleek metal body. Good job Samsung. Next goal, new design such as camera layout etc

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 03:25 2

31. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 292; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Even a Samsung mid range device has sd card support. If only Apple fans had this on their precious 2012 iPhone 6... :-)).

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 05:51

35. willytbk (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


why some people treat the SD card support like god ? not all people store their media in their phones, and for iPhone you can get 32, 64 or even 128GB now.

remember that most midrange android phones only comes with 8 GB memory, and support of memory card up to 32GB only, yes there are some support 64GB but most only til 32GB.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 06:19 2

38. iushnt (Posts: 1484; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


the 128GB iphone is more than $200 expensive than 16GB model. Do you think that's worth it when you can get a high performing 128GB memory card for $80??

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 06:43

39. willytbk (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


well, not all people that that kind of big storage. if you need that big, yes you can buy an android with 128 GB memory card.

If i really need that kind of big storage, yes i will get the 128 GB iPhone, why ? because i am used to the ecosystems and i like it. for those that think it is too expensive or i like Android more, feel free to get an Android phones. the point is i don't get it why a SD card support is like a mighty god features with the fact not all people need big storage, that's my point.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 06:57 1

40. iushnt (Posts: 1484; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


i agree with you..its a matter of preference.. Apple has to be liable for the profit to its investors and it has done a wonderful job not to offer SD option so that they can gain another $200 from those people who really want bigger storage..if it wasn't for profit making then they could just charge $100 extra or even $70 extra instead of $200. i am sure even Samsung would want to do that as well but the consumers are not much loyal to Samsung compared to Apple. They would switch to other Android OEMs which offer SD expansion rather than paying $200 extra for sammy. In the case of iOS, there are no other options than iPhone. Apple knows this and they have cleverly capitalized this opportunity of profit making. I really salute Apple for their best strategy to maximize profit for the interest of the shareholders.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:07

49. willytbk (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Indeed and i am agree. But what i am afraid is although we said so, those haters will still call iPhone users as iDiots. Dunno why so much hate over here

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 03:53 2

32. Japultra (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 May 2014)


The design looks completely uninspired.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 05:01

34. Zapp_B (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


The back is definitely plastic, and doesn't seem to be removable.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 11:26

50. pegasso (Posts: 268; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


those two "ports" below the power button might indicate that the back cover is not removable...
:(

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 06:15 1

36. iushnt (Posts: 1484; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I think Samsung is trying to show that metal built are only good for mid-rangers..

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 07:08

41. mmayer54 (Posts: 19; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


BATTERY, BATTERY, BATTERY! What about the battery capacity? I hope it's more than the 1860mAh in the Alpha. 2300+ would be nice

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 09:31

47. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 334; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Hope it will feature FM RADIO. It is a midranger, so it si okay to put fm radio. Should have long battery life as well :)

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 10:29 1

48. Astoni (Posts: 647; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


isung?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:54

53. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Typical Sammy design. Even if it has metal frame it won't look premium as overall look is still the same. Nowadays no one can differentiate between midrange Sammy devices. Almost 90% od them looks same.

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