Report: Samsung has difficulties producing the all-metal Galaxy A5 and A3

Report: Samsung has difficulties producing the all-metal Galaxy A5 and A3
Last month, when Samsung announced the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, it said that the smartphones - both part of the brand new Galaxy A series - would be released starting November (this month) in China and other “select markets.”

According to SamMobile, the two new handsets will be available only in Asia first. Why is that? Well, it’s said that Samsung is having some problems with manufacturing the Galaxy A5 and A3, since both come with all-metal, unibody designs. More exactly, the A5 and A3 are suffering from low production yields. Reportedly, at some point, only about 50% of the handsets produced have met Samsung’s quality requirements. This seemingly has a lot to do with the fact that Samsung isn’t too experienced when it comes to manufacturing full-metal smartphones. As you may know, most of Samsung’s smartphones have plastic bodies (sure, the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha have metal edges, but their backs are still made out of plastic material).

Both the Galaxy A5 and A3 are ultra-slim (6.7 mm and 6.9 mm, respectively), being powered by quad-core Snapdragon 410 processors, and running Android KitKat. You can check out a detailed specs comparison between the two smartphones here. Samsung didn’t reveal the prices of its new handsets. However, we heard that the A5 may cost more than $400 (with the A3 being cheaper, of course). Are you looking forward to buying any of the two?

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Galaxy A5
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(15h 3G talk time)
Galaxy A3
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1900 mAh(12h 3G talk time)




Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

premium design is not their specialty unfortunately lol

2. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

They've been making premium phones for years. Just becasue you dont think the others arent dont mean s**t to them or anyone.

3. Dastrix unregistered

He's right though. Plastic ain't really premium in this part of the Galaxy.

4. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

just as you "think" premium design isnt samsungs specialty, phablet sized smartphones isnt apples specialty (aka #bendgate)...apples first phablet is flawed by design bigtime.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You are way off base, unlike HTC, Samsung just doesn't randomly pass phones for shipment, they have standards. Which explains why I have never ever returned a Samsung product for a manufacturing defect but have exchanged every single HTC device I have ever purchased, multiple times for some major defects. Sony had had two returns and Apple only one. And people wonder why Apple and Samsung do so well. They don't just release s**t because it's good enough, they rather trash 50% of their yield than pull a suck T C.

8. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Then why do antennagate and bendgate exist?

9. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

you're joking, right?

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No I am dead serious. I hear HTC and Sony fans claim that every device has first batch teething issues but from my years of experience buying mobile products, Samsung doesn't have a very these issues. Probably because they have standards. They trashed 5 million GS3 back covers because the colour was a little off. And I have complete faith that they won't have a great yield until they are being pumped out perfectly.

20. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I will admit, when Samsung screws up, they admit it and they fix the problem. They don't hide their heads in the sand and blame the for HTC, this HTC One is my first phone by them, so far I love it. My note 3 was fine except that it cracked near the stylus port. Even though I had not dropped it, our secretaries is cracking too she's never dropped hers either. I have a Note 4 now, so far so good fantastic battery life, the screen has the most incredible viewing angles I've ever seen.

26. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Bcz Samsung has better Quality Checking Stds. than your fav company.

30. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

samung can design tvs, hts, microwave, washers, laptops but can never really put a good design on a phone

6. IcemanKimi

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Samsung should really look into the design of their old phones. The Samsung Wave S8500 was a brilliant metal phone with a removable back cover for 3rd party batteries. That was my first Samsung phone and was a brilliant device in terms of look and feel.

17. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

A friend of mine still has it and uses it. It fell on the ground many many times and nothing ever broke. Works and looks great. The only great samsung built phone that I have seen in the last 5 years.

27. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I loved the Wave series too. First mobile with an amoled screen iirc? It's a pity they're not reviving some of those design cues with all the technological advances that've been made since.

7. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

No matter what Samsung does from now on is a downfall for them .... They had their time and their time is finished

10. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Hey I can also read the stars and the other signs...

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Thanks Tim for that inspiring post...

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Riiiight, but Apple will live forever, right? Everything Samsung does from now on is a downfall? And by what reasoning did you come to that conclusion? None of these companies are going away overnight, and considering the sheer number of products Samsung produces, and the amount of time they've been doing it, I think they'll probably be around for awhile.

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

He never said that samsung mobile division will disappear overnight. Just stated that its going downhill which is a fact for the last year. Their profits fell down really badly this year. Note 4 sold half million less than note 3 in the same time of period. S5 isnt doing great as it was expected. Their market share in Asia has fallen a lot this year. Ye they are going down but not overnight. Pretty sure though LG will rise a lot and Chinese brands will start appearing in samsungs waters like Europe.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Hey! Apple has been doing all metal thin phones for years now!!! Lol! I sound like a butt hurt Android fanboy.

14. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

Big Android fan here, but these phones look an awful lot like iPhones.

29. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I mistook my coworker's 6 plus for a note the first day she had it. It's come full circle?

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31258; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That s2 design looks good, but Samsung could do better.

21. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

True. The A5 looks slick. Those 2 glitzy FEMS look sexy..... What's up Dark.....?

28. Ashoaib

Posts: 3296; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

welcome back Arte

31. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Thanks Ashoaib. Nice seeing you posting .

19. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Aw. They just can't do it.

22. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

"AW, they can".

23. Deadeye37

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

That top picture looks awkward. Looks like those 2 ladies' boobs are fighting because they're so close to each other.

24. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Report: Same Chick-pic Thumbnail Appears in Most Samsung-related Phone Arena Articles, Nerds With Exploding Johnsons on the Rise by 47%

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