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

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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61 Comments

1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

why not 1080p ?

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

its a typical shape and typical design

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Because Samsung is trying to be Apple...

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 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

26. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Like releasing the Alpha?

27. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

51. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

44. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 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!

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

33. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

thx for explanation

52. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

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

54. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

57. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 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 .

59. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

its mid range 720p fine 4 mid

2. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

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

23. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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...

61. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

I was talking about the design.

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

looks like samsung got a metal fetish now

5. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

9. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 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

28. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

56. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 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

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

19. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

58. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

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

29. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

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

37. iushnt

Posts: 3157; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

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