Full metal jacket: Galaxy A3 vs A5 vs iPhone 6 and others size comparison

Full metal jacket: Galaxy A3 vs A5 vs iPhone 6 and others size comparison
Samsung just announced the all-metal Galaxy A3 and A5, with sealed aluminum bodies. The A3 and A5 are both Samsung's first contemporary phones that eschew the removable back cover and replaceable battery paradigm for a sealed chassis, crafted out of colored aluminum, with metal side rim, inducing the impression for the most premium-feeling devices it has crafted to date. 

Together with the Galaxy Alpha, they are also its slimmest handsets to date, clocking in at just 6.7mm for the A5, and 6.9mm for the A3, which, given the aluminum chassis, is a great achievement, akin to what Apple did with the iPhone 6, which, however, has a protruding camera module on the back. 

See how these stack up in terms of size, compared to other popular compact handsets in the chart below. It's pretty clear that these are arguably the sveltest, most beautiful Samsung phones ever made. The company's Design 3.0 paradigm is shaping to be a winner here, though we wish there was a little less top and bottom bezel, but, oh, well. They even come in the same understated pastel colors as the Note 4, including pink and light blue, despite the all-metal wrappers, looking as premium as it comes. What do you think?

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.74 x 0.26 inches

139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.34 oz (123 g)

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3

Dimensions

5.12 x 2.58 x 0.27 inches

130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm

Weight

3.89 oz (110 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches

132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches

127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.71 x 0.26 inches

139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.74 x 0.26 inches

139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.34 oz (123 g)

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3

Dimensions

5.12 x 2.58 x 0.27 inches

130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm

Weight

3.89 oz (110 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches

132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches

127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.71 x 0.26 inches

139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page

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25 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

That alpha really looks sexy. Can't believe it's a samsung phone. Lol

4. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Give the Alpha 5" with Full HD and Lollipop and it's a killer, really, this phone is gorgeous and very pleastant to use.

5. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

an A7 with 1080p gonna be released and i think it will come with qualquom 610

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yup, but bezels should be trimmed down from both sides and top-bottom and camera assembly should be redefined.

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Xperia Z3 Compact FTW

7. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

That sucks bigtime and is a 200$ phone overpriced.. A series is much much much better..

9. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Because the Compact is a flagship. Not a midrange.

11. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

I would prefer to hold a metallic phone which is more VFM than a flagship mini which is plastic. What kind of flagship is this? The A7 is a new flagship and much more flagship than z3 compact or even z3. We need good quality material and designs like iPhone, iPad, HTC M8, Alpha, A series Samsung

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lol at metallic phone being a standard of good quality. Any OEM knows that high quality plastic is good with mobile phones. Metal adds weight on the device plus metal lowers signal reception. The only reason Samsung goes metal is no one done that recently and releasing phones with metal casings creates the hype that it is the next big thing in fact it doesn't.

3. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Meh...

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I want an exact Alpha design but bigger than 4.7" say 5" or 5.2" with dual SIM.

10. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

i want an alpha design with the compactness of the z3compact, imagine how sexy it would be :) plus add some SONY logo and it will be perfect :)

12. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

HTC M8 is the only full metal jacket among these..

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

So the iPhone 6 isn't full metal unibody? Every site is reporting the A3 and A5 has full metal unibodies as well The A3 and A5 actually seems to be the first full metal phone with no plastic bands as well Here's a hands on, looks like the back is all metal as wellhttp://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-galaxy-a5/

24. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If Samsung made A3 , A5 full metal unibodies WITHOUT THAT FUGLU CUT ON THE BACK with those stripes like iPhone5/5s/6/6+ and HTC M7/8 , then Samsung just made The Miracle. Right?

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol calm down bro No need to get so worked up for a couple mid-range phones Its not impossible Just means the A3/A5 might have weaker connectivity compared to the other phones

14. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

alpha looks really sexy, i hope that samsung should make s6 closer to alpha and note 4 than the A series. A series almost resembles xperias w/ those huge bezels.

17. abhishek.deshmukh

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

iphone 6....got a beauty.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31065; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

99.9% of the comments will be anti iPhone, this we already know. Personally, I think the M8 looks the best.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Alpha and the P7 are sexy as hell. Too bad the P7 didn't have a Snadragon 801 or up and an Exynos. Then it would have been absolutely killer.

20. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Nevermind

21. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

M8 easily rules this category. Amazing phone.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hmmm. Well I will probably be th only one to say it, but I don't think this is going to fair well for Samsung with the new A series in my opinion for several reasons. I do know that yes many Samsung users have had a gripe for Sammie not having metallic phones. However, it was mostly the iFans who basically want a Samsung phone, but don't want plastic and the blog writers who just want to pick at Samsung because Apple tells them too. Everything that is a con of plastic is a pro for metal and things that are a pro for metal are a con for plastic. But based on how Sammy makes their phones, here is why a metal unibody will backfire. Samsung is the only OEM who offered the most versatility. Example, even though you can have a removable metal back, it requires a more sophisticated case design. The phone will be thicker too, making it slightly heavy and bulky. Removable batteries for me isn't a big deal, but for people who may take long trips on a boat or plane, having a 2nd battery is a huge plus. Also metal phones means so microSD card support. So unless Samsung increases internal storage to a minimum of 64GB, it sucks. Even with 6GB of internal, I still don't want to store all my media on it as it will take away space for apps and apps especially games have gotten a lot bigger. 2 of the games I play most take up nearly 2.5GB of space alone. Modular phones are thinner, lighter and have better options for battery removable and storage capacity increase. Many people may not care, thus the A series may fit them well. But then to me, it just becomes an iPhone branded by another OEM. We don't need more iPhones. The other downside is, metal phones are much harder to certify for IP67 as they require special seals that can never be broke or that certification is lost. I think Sammy could find a way to make poly-carbonate feel a bi more fancy as many other OEM's have done. But just going metal isn't going to change their sales intake. They need to simply do less phones. the less option you make, the more you force people to pick from what you offer. All Samsung needs is 3 lines of phones. Galaxy should be the top end period. It should be just the S and the Note. Both should be material hybrids made of metal and plastic like the Note 4 is now. Please don't ever go full metal with the Note. If they do that will be the last Samsung I ever buy. I will just use a tablet and a cheap flip phone. The middle line could be the A series and then all they need is a lowend line of single devices that don't carry the Galaxy name. The mid line shouldn't carry the Galaxy name either. The low end could just be the Samsung V Series where you have V phones numbered 1-whatever. The A series numbered to whatever an then the S and Note doing the same. Also the Note doesn't need to have a number in the name. Just call it the Galaxy Note, and the same with the S, just call it the Galaxy S. This makes it more simple. Far less phones and more profit.

23. NightSurfer

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

I never had any samsung phone since their build quality failed to impress me but after seeing these series i might get one. Waiting for the specs of A7.

26. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

only htc one m8 more than 94% metal and uni body its great samsung metal phone more like a joke

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