Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 go on sale in Taiwan, set Samsung on a fine 64-bit, metal unibody path

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 go on sale in Taiwan, set Samsung on a fine 64-bit, metal unibody path
Surprise, surprise! It looks like Samsung just launched its new Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 smartphones in Taiwan. The only thing missing, international availability aside, is the Galaxy A7 - the flagship of the series - to keep them company. While we're waiting for the star of the show to appear, we get the chance to have a good look at Samsung's new low & mid-range offerings and their refreshed metallic designs. Both the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 have unibody metal cases, which means they are prettier and sturdier, but the battery is non-removable. They are sold in three colors - black, white, and gold.

Both devices are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core processor, which is becoming increasingly en vogue. However, the Galaxy A5 has a 5-inch 720p display, and the Galaxy A3 makes do with a 4.5-inch 540p screen. Differences don't end here, however. The Galaxy A5 has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage memory, a 13MP main camera, and a 2300mAh battery. The Galaxy A3 is downsized to 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage memory, an 8-megapixel main camera, and a 1900mAh battery. Both smartphones have 5MP wide-lens front cams, and run Android 5.0 Lollipop.

In Taiwan, the Galaxy A5 is priced at $380, while the Galaxy A3 costs less at $287. Samsung's plans for international markets aren't clear for the moment.


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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)

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24 Comments

1. RubenPhonearena

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

worst bessel´s ever, can it be bigger ??? :( Worser than the Galaxy s5 !! Very bad Samsung

3. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Really I don't see anything wrong with the bezel

24. RubenPhonearena

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Really ? Do you have seen the bessel of an LG G3 or the Sharp AQUOS ?? Thats what it should be, not like this. My Galaxy S4 + (Snapdragon 800) has less bessel than this phones

8. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For those specs and price, i don't think people will ask for a G3 type of bezels on this phone, i am sure they ll take.... and go(in Russell Peters sound).

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You want thin go buy a #bendgate iphone. First you complain bout being to plasticky now it's too damn big now this? WTF is wrong with people these days.

21. Cicero

Posts: 1117; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Something about unibody metal frame? Check the other brands! Sit down!

2. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Personally I think they struck a good balance on the Alpha/Note 4. That removable back is a great thing to have regardless of what it's made of.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

No! They did a good job of copying the iPhone 5/5s

13. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I don't see it aside from the chamfers. The camera is centered in the back, the back is pleather/dimpled plastic, and the speaker is on the back, different from the 5s in every way. Do you see Apple as copying the HTC One with the 6/6 plus because it has antenna lines and a unibody aluminum body?

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It doesn't look like an iPhone 5/5S. It's a bar phone with rounded corners. Last I checked all the latest smartphones have this style.

22. Cicero

Posts: 1117; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Especially for you Sammy will make a phone with triangle screen, unibody bread case, keyboard will be qkdnz with 1/3 of letters in every angle. It is like your iPhone now? Satisfied? Go home man and reinvent the rectangle.

4. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

" Both the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 have unibody metal cases, which means they are prettier and sturdier, but the battery is non-removable." Samsung + non-removable battery? i don't think it would sell...

6. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

A5 with SD410 and 2GB RAM costing $380; doesnt it sound like a little bit pricey?

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

For off contract pricing? Not really. That's about half the cost of a flagship device.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Metal doesn't mean sturdier period. I will still pick plastic over metal for phones.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Im with ya on that. Plastic is sturdier, more resistant to vibration damage, doesnt dent in and destroy the screen, and is more protective of the antennas and the signal... which is important if you actually want to use your phone not just stare at it.

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

inb4 PhoneArena calls it a premium, well-built device. Metal =/= Build Quality & Premium

12. MOSFET

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Please, please retain user replaceable batteries in your flagships, Samsung. It's THE most important factor for me in choosing a phone after screen quality.

18. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

+1 well said

16. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

the phone can look good all it wants but i wouldn't get it unless it has stock android bc twiz sucks

17. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

HTC and Sony and Samsung's old range have bugged the mid-range with laggy and ugly phones. A3, A5 look like a breath of fresh air. But A3 lacks 16GB of storage and just 1GB of RAM which should make it no more than $250 in any way.

19. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

GSMArena says that A3 has 1.5 GB RAM and 16GB internal storage :)

20. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

You can buy HTC One (m7) for just over $300 - 1080p display, 32GB, 2GB RAM, Boomsound, metal body, beautiful design...

23. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

I will be more happy if the A5 packs with snapdragon 615 instead of 410 in $380 price

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