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Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 Unveiled with Unibody Aluminum Design

by Jacob Kleinman | October 31, 2014October 31, 2014 9:30 am PDT

After months of leaks, the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 made their official debut on Friday, though the rumored A7 phablet wasn’t included in today’s announcement. Samsung’s newest smartphones offer a sleek metal design with mid-range hardware just underneath.

From a design perspective, the Galaxy A lineup looks pretty sleek. This is the first-time Samsung has embraced an all-metal design after experimenting with the substance on the Galaxy Alpha and Note 4. As a result, it’s also the first Samsung handset in recent memory that doesn’t have a removable back panel, though there’s still a microSD slot on the side of the device. The Galaxy A3 and A5 will be available in white, black, silver, gold, pink or blue, though the colored aluminum isn’t a great look.

The Galaxy A5 offers a 5-inch 720p AMOLED display, while the 4.5-inch Galaxy A4 offers an even lower resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Battery life doesn’t look great either, coming in at 2300mAh for the A5 and 1900mAh for the A3. Both phones also come with 16GB of expandable storage, and 2GB or RAM for the A5 or 1GB of RAM for the A3.

Samsung is also emphasizing the cameras on the Galaxy A lineup, especially the front-facing 5-megapixel shooter perfect for a younger generation of selfie snappers. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A5 packs a respectable 13-megapixel rear camera, while the A3 gets knocked down to 8 megapixels. Samsung’s also packed in plenty of extra camera features from wide-angle selfies to animated GIFs.

There’s still no word on price for the Galaxy A3 and A5, though they’re definitely mid-range devices. Both models will be available in “select markets” including China starting next month, though there’s no word on when or if they’ll arrive in the U.S.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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