“The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a beautifully crafted full metal unibody, slim design, superior hardware and the best possible social media experience,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics in a press release. “These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious consumers.”
Here’s a quick look at the specifications:
The Galaxy A5: The Galaxy A5 has a 5.0-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, with a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera with AF and LED flash. The biggest plus is the 5-megapixel front camera on both phones, which according to Samsung will offer excellent selfies. It has features we saw in the Note 4 such as Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, Animated GIF, Beauty Face Features, and Rear-cam Selfie, etc. The phone is 4G enabled and supports LTE Cat4. It has 16GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB) and comes with 2GB RAM. The OS is Android 4.4 KitKat and the battery is 2300 mAh. The phone supports Bluetooth: 4.0 and NFC but only in the LTE version of the device, and sensors included are: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geo-magnetic, RGB ambient light, Hall Sensor.
The Galaxy A3: The Galaxy A3 has a smaller 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen, which means it’s 960×540 pixels. The rear camera resolution 8 megapixels, though it has the 5 megapixel front camera. It has a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor and will come in LTE and 3G supported versions. The memory is 16 GB with micro SD slot (up to 64GB) and 1GB RAM. The battery is 1900 mAh and sensors included are: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geo-magnetic, RGB ambient light, Hall Sensor. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC as well.
Other features: Samsung has introduced its own software features like the Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen in these phones as well.
The Galaxy A5 and A3 will be available in select markets including China starting in November 2014. Both devices will come in a variety of colours, including Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold colours. It is, however, not clear is what the price of the smartphones will be and by when they will be launched in other countries.