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Samsung announces ultra-slim, metallic Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3

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Samsung today officially announced the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, putting an end to all the rumors that have been surrounding the two devices in the past months.

The new handsets are part of Samsung’s Galaxy A series - which is tailored for “young consumers seeking practicality and functionality” - and are presented as the company’s slimmest smartphones to date: 6.7mm (Galaxy A5) and 6.9mm (Galaxy A3). For some weird reason, Samsung seems to be forgetting that it has already released a 6.7mm-thin smartphone: the Galaxy Alpha.

Anyway, both the A5 and A3 come with “full metal unibody” designs, and Samsung says they’re optimized for social networking - thanks to LTE, and 5 MP front-facing cameras that'll let you take “vivid selfies.”

The Galaxy

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY A SERIES IS MADE FOR YOUNG USERS

A5 sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and it’s powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor (unknown maker). It’s also got a 13 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2300 mAh battery. As for the Galaxy A3, this one features a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 540 x 960 pixels, a similar quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 1900 mAh battery.

Both the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 run Android 4.4 KitKat, and will be available in various color versions, including: Pearl White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver, Light Blue, and Soft Pink. Customers will be able to buy any of the two smartphones starting November, with China being one of the first markets to get them. Official pricing details haven’t been revealed.

While the slideshow below only shows the Galaxy A5, that’s pretty much what the A3 also looks like. So, who’s ready to buy a Samsung Galaxy A?


source: Samsung Tomorrow

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posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:45 26

1. NexusX (Posts: 472; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Without marketing, samsung phones are the same as every other android phones, except more expensive

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:50 40

4. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Without any information and knowledge you are just another butt hurt guy.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 03:32 3

41. splus (Posts: 43; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Except he's right.
HD screen for 5 inch and qHD for 4.5 inch screens?? What is this, 2012?
Knowing Samsung's pricing of their budget and mid range phones, these phones will be way overpriced for what they are.
Samsung clearly doesn't get it why their sales are sinking down...

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:08 3

49. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I heard profits for Samsung are worse since 2011. You scared your mamy-sammy is goin down? 400$ for a phone with 400qualacomm cpu? Moto G 2014 is 200$ with similar specs yet it will provide immediate updates unlike crapsung.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 20:39

64. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I can't disagree with Martin Cooper...he is the oracle of cellular...

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:03 17

10. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


butt hurt isheep alert.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:47 9

24. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


How is he an isheep? He didnt say anything about the iPhone or Apple, and didn't say anything bad about Android....

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:09 4

50. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


More like buthurt Sammy boy who is cared to admit that samsung like Apple is trying to overprice its phones. 400$ for a 200$ phone. What a deal! Moto G would like to have a talk with you.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 00:34 3

26. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"Without marketing, samsung phones are the same as every other android phones, except more expensive"

And they are more expensive in no small part due to Samsung's expensive marketing.

It's basically what happens when you stop making great phones and make "sort of good enough" phones with a bunch of gimmicks. To move the product, you've got to make it look like something more than it is. Hence the lifestyle pornography advertisements, similar to Apple.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 06:31 1

45. NexusX (Posts: 472; Member since: 16 May 2013)


You are right about the gimmicks , but they are in no way similar to apple. Unlike samsung, apple actually polished their "gimmicks" with every iteration. Samsung just do it halfassedly to say we can do it too. See samsung fingerprint scanner The heart rate monitor, gesture based operation, etc. Im by no mean an apple fan, but apple ecosystem is unique in the smartphone world.hardware features aside, android is still playing catchup

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:07 1

48. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In my country Samsung phones are not more expensive as any other Android based phone +/- the same cost.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 09:10

63. SayMobile (Posts: 91; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)


First they had a problem with samsungs plastic built , Now they have a problem with samsungs Metal phones. Just need reasons to hate. #Haters. Go Die

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:48 14

2. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


This will bring Sammy back in the game. Great to see different design and build quality. Kudos.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:08 19

14. cnour (Posts: 543; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Different design? Are you sure?

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:17 4

17. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


“full metal unibody” ?????
Is it possible WITHOUT TO CUT THE BACK with ugly strips?????(like iPhone6/6+ and HTC M7/8)
I don't believe it.
If Samsung manage that - IT'S A MIRACLE !!!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:32 3

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


I know right! That design looks sharp and slim, and that back looks modern as well. Definitely a looker, especially from an angle (picture 3).

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 03:26

40. opsys14 (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Wait for the pricing.
Last rumor indicated A5 to cost around $450 which if true will be a deal breaker.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:08 2

57. akki20892 (Posts: 3899; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Design??? Oh com'on....dude

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:49 3

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


6.7mm and 6.9mm isn't considered as ultra slim anymore, because Oppo broke the record on the R5 which has 4.85mm thinness. But kudos to Samsung for changing the design.

I think 6mm - 6.9mm is thin.
More than that is considered as normal.
5mm - 5.9mm is super thin.
4mm - 4.9mm is ultra thin.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:38

56. imnotascammer (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


so... you are banned? lol! why????

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:50 9

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


This is just Samsung failing at trying to be Apple...

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:52 13

8. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Yes failing and yet able to sell more devices :(

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:05 3

12. Rydsmith (Posts: 486; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Wait...what?

Last I checked the iPhone has and continues to outsell the Galaxy line of phones.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:16 8

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3699; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


No. Just no. Samsung sold more than double the number of smartphones that Apple did last year.

http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2014/02/final-2013-smartphone-market-share-numbers-full-year-and-quarterly-q4-data-by-top-10-brands-plus-os-.html

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:12

51. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Yet with only 2 phones they make more money. Not to mention this years Sammys profit is the worse since 2011. Yep that ship is goin down. LG is goin up. Xiaomi is kicking sammys ass in Asia. Basically sammy has its Europe and half of USA and nothing else. And its SLOWLY loosing even that pie.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:36

55. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3699; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


No one cares. I was simply letting him know that what he thought was wrong.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:08 7

13. skyline88 (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


i dont think portfolio of Apple has got any phone as sexy as A3 or A5.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:50 4

6. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


young users likes top specs.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:51 5

7. flexile (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


What a cheesy ad... -__-

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:03 3

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Especially when the girl said "Samsung Galaxy A", it's like she's being forced to said that lol.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:01 7

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 977; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


galaxy a5 has potential as long as it priced at $200~$250

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:14

52. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Like Moto G is which would be great competition. I cant imagine how stupid or an asshole of a salesman has to be to offer a poor clueless buyer this A5 over many other cheaper phones with same specs.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:57

59. slh163 (Posts: 138; Member since: 19 May 2014)


really how about 13 Mb and 5 Mb front camera, 6.7" slim phone,light and premium look, amoled display, 64bit processor, 2 gb ram and more battery..!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:11 1

15. ishan.heru (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


Full metal unibody ?? Are u sure phonearena or is it Plastic with metal finish ??

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:23 2

18. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I don't believe it.
Without ugly plastic strips as on iPhone6/6+ and HTC M7/8?

If Samsung manage that - IT'S A MIRACLE !!!!!!!!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 03:07

36. hurrycanger (Posts: 1553; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Haha you are wicked.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:29 4

19. ThePython (Posts: 865; Member since: 08 May 2013)


They're rather ugly, tbh. And LOL TouchWiz running with 1 GB. The lag will be unbearable.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:15 1

53. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Actually with Lollipop it should be fine. Problem is the price.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:30 3

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


Nice!! Full metal uni-body is awesome and these two look quite nice in fact. Too bad there wasn't an A7 with a 5.5" 1080p display, that would've absolutely smashed!

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:39 1

22. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Samsung is a great engineering company run by morons. These phones look like they are for business people, not the young and fun crowd. And advertising with fashion models = kiss of death.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:43

23. antmiu2 (Posts: 293; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


the A5 looks like a perfect mid-range for le gf.. but unlikey under $200

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:16

54. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


What a shame. So many people will see the ads buy it and never know they bought a mid range phone specs for the price of high end. This amazing sammys marketing wont keep them up for long, hopefully.

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 23:58 1

25. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Metal unibody means no removable battery. I think personally unremovable battery sucks. Would prefer a removable battery with a metal frame instead of unibody. And metal unibody would seem as price getting high. Another failure it seems :(

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 00:36

27. Professor (Posts: 208; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


With a 5" and 720p display and that slow processor I suppose it is free on contract, or with a retail price of $200 max because there are many (although plastic) phones with better specs in that price range!

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 03:22

38. hurrycanger (Posts: 1553; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


$250 and I will still call it a great deal.
If it's $200, it will beat the shiet out of the Moto G, one of the best budget phones at this time.

Now the A5 has better design, twice internal storage, twice the ram, much higher res cameras, and freaking super amoled display. For less than $200, only the meh chinese phones can come close to the Galaxy A5 on paper.

Anyway, I would say $300 is reasonable for the A5, but I think Samsung is gonna price it around $350~400.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 06:12

44. Professor (Posts: 208; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Is a Samsung so you know is going to be expensive...

The "Blu Studio 5.0 LTE" is not aluminum (its plastic), but it has better specs than the A5 for its price ($189 list price and $150 average store prices)...

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:35

58. hurrycanger (Posts: 1553; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I'm sorry but I have to say that that BLU phone is a joke. The good thing about it is the Snap400 cpu. Most other BLU phones have some ultra crappy slow mediatek processors. But then, still, the studio 5.0 lte has very poor build quality, both inside and out. I have the Studio 5.5s which looks the same as the 5.0LTE except the size. Cheap front glass, poor touch sensitivity, meh display in term of color and viewing angle, loose back cover that always makes an unpleasant sound when I press the power button.

Don't take this personal. I have nothing against you, but I can't stand crappy blu phones. As for the CPU, the A5 has the new snapdragon 410, so I can't agree yet that the 1.4ghz Snap400 is better. Maybe the 1.2 ghz snap410 is better. But then again, on paper, the Studio 5.0 LTE wins because its clockspeed number is higher.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 00:43 2

28. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Prices should be kept low as per the specs. and it'll surely succeed. Minimal phones than the low-mid crap range, nice designs and correct prices would help 'em.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 01:15

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


Alpha looks a lot sharper IMO. But either way, the GS6 has the potential to be absolutely lights out.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 01:17

30. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


I don't think it's metal unibody - all I see is plastic back.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 01:53 1

31. Venkatramanan (Posts: 308; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


The Samsung fans claims that removable battery is more important feature which Samsung only offers. But after these phones, they will tell that uni body design is the best design. now the non-removable battery will become holy. They told that Water proofing is not important since no body is going to take shower with the phone. Once Samsung starts making Water proof phones, this feature became necessary. They criticized "Kids corner" of WP. But once private mode introduced by Samsung, Then this feature becomes important. Samsung fan boys also doing the same thing like apple fan boys.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 01:57 1

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


When you're used to a what's by now a 3 year old trusty chugger called a Galaxy Nexus' screen, it's very hard to take anything lesser qHD at that (yes lowercase not that fad batt life vampire uppercase res) seriously. I mean what's that A3 supposed to go against? Redmi 1S? Screen alone DOA'ed.

Said a few times at other smartphones' centric sites/blogs at Samsung should have just put out A5 and 7 another is unnecessary...guess old habits die hard.

Finally at first I only came in for that model on the right at slide 18 so sue me.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 02:13

34. Elfmonster (Posts: 372; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)


Who's the target demo again?

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 02:55 3

35. sunday (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


You said samsung only make cheap phones and they started making metal body phone you still conplain. Nobody can satisfy you. the people that buy the phone dont conplain but those who no money to buy phone. Samsung know people want and that what they are doing. The business class need note and s series and the youth and student need A series.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 03:08 2

37. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Sorry Samsung, you fail this time, because your products compete with your own products. Wake up. Do what you did in 2012, and you'll be more successful.

P/S: I'm a Samsung fan.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 03:23 1

39. gagakiller (banned) (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


GALAXY A SERIES
GALAXY S SERIES
GALAXY B*tch aint gonna stop SERIES
GALAXY wohoooooooooo i am hot ! SERIES

(i stole this secret document from Samsung in Korea)

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 04:16 2

42. LuckyS (Posts: 154; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


I opened this article because of those two girls.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 20:42

65. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I more or less did as well, the article itself was bonus...

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 05:46

43. alexer (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)


In philippines its qualcomm snapdragon 410 quadcore 1.2

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 06:37

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


5'' 720 Super AMOLED, 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor (should be 410 and adreno 306), 13mp+5mp, 116+2GB RAM is great mid-ranger, but hope it will come with FM Radio and $280-350 is okay, 'cause i know the price will drop down after a month. hope the $300-400 is unacceptable.

does the qualcomm snapdragon 410 is fast enough for multi-tasking, and better than 400?

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