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Samsung has just unveiled two new Galaxy devices. The rumored “A Series” is finally here. Samsung’s Galaxy A3 and A5 are some of Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date with a variety of social networking features and full metal unibody designs. The Galaxy A3 is a mere 6.9mm thin, while the A5 sits at just 6.7mm. Unfortunately, there’s nothing crazy happening in the specifications department…

Both of these new Galaxy devices are simply mid-range smartphones with a killer design and build quality. Samsung has been quick to market the fact that they both feature 5-megapixel front-facing cameras for “unmatched selfies,” and they both ship with the Samsung features we’ve grown to know like Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode, and Mutliscreen.

Galaxy A5 specifications

The Galaxy A5 features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,300 mAh battery. As mentioned it features a 5-megapixel camera on the front side, while the back is home to a 13-megapixel shooter with an LED flash.

Galaxy A3 specifications

The Galaxy A3 is packing a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 960 x 540, 1GB of RAM, and a 1,900 mAh battery. It features the same front-facing camera as the A5, but has an 8-megapixel rear camera. Both devices ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.

As you can see, there’s nothing incredibly special about either of these devices. They are simply mid-range smartphones. It’s unfortunate that Samsung doesn’t hold off on these excellent designs for other flagship devices, but I suppose Samsung isn’t aiming for the masses with these two random releases. The Galaxy A5 and A3 will be available “in select markets including China” at some point in November 2014. Full press release and video below.


Seoul, Korea – October 31, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, offering a refined, trendy design and the most advanced functions to support social networking. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, both devices empower younger consumers to quickly and easily capture meaningful moments, connect to social media and share their daily lives.

“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. “These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious consumers.”

The Ultra Slim, Full Metal Design

The Galaxy A5 and A3 are Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, featuring refined full metal unibody designs that are 6.7mm and 6.9mm thin, respectively. Both devices will come in a variety of colors, including Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold, to accommodate the personal style and preference of diverse users.

5 MP Front Camera for Unmatched Selfies

The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a superior mobile and social experience to young consumers who want to express their unique style while constantly staying connected. Sporting an advanced 5MP front-facing camera, taking vivid selfies is now easier than ever before. Innovative photo-taking features, such as Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, Animated GIF, Beauty Face Features, and Rear-cam Selfie, let users capture attractive selfies in high resolution by automatically detecting and focusing on a person’s face. Users are also able to quickly and easily share photos or videos on their favorite social media channels with the device’s fast network speed of LTE Category 4 standard.

Vivid Display and Powerful Processor

The Galaxy A5 and A3 are ideal for young consumers seeking practicality and functionality. Both devices are equipped with an extraordinary Super AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology to deliver clearer images with deep contrast and better viewing angles for more vivid, colorful content in virtually any environment, even under bright sunlight. The Galaxy A5 and A3 are also outfitted with a Quad Core 1.2 GHz processor for seamless multi-tasking and faster browsing experience. In addition, the Galaxy A5 and A3 include popular features exclusive to Galaxy devices, such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen, as well as adjustable audio which intelligently adapts and enhances sound output based on the user’s surrounding environment. *Varies by markets and models

The Galaxy A5 and A3 will be available in select markets including China starting in November 2014.

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