Samsung unveils slim, all-metal Galaxy A5 and A3

The handset giant has added two new mid-range smartphones to its portfolio.

The Galaxy A5
The Galaxy A5. Image: Samsung

Samsung has announced the latest members of its Galaxy family, the A5 and A3. The two full-metal smartphones are aimed at young buyers, and come with selfie features galore and even a GIF maker.

Following on from Samsung's first foray into metal with the Galaxy Alpha and then the Note 4 , the company has splashed out on its five-inch A5 and 4.5-inch A3, giving them a full metal unibody.

Samsung says the A5 and A3 are its slimmest smartphones to date, with depths at 6.7mm and 6.9mm respectively, though as some have noticed, the slimmer of the two is on par with the Galaxy Alpha.

As CNET points out, studies into young buyers conducted by Samsung have found they don't care so much about high-end hardware. Unsurprisingly then, the devices embody those findings, with an emphasis on good looks as well as social networking features.

The Galaxy A-series include front-facing five-megapixel cameras, which are primed for selfies with features like wide selfie, palm selfie, animated GIF, and "beauty face features", which smoothes out a subject's face and improves lighting. Both also come with "rear-cam selfie", a feature that automatically focuses on a person's face and lets them use the more powerful rear camera.

The two devices both share a 1.2GHz processor, LTE Category 4 support, and built-in 16GB storage with a microSD slot that supports up to 64GB.

Galaxy a5 blue
The back of the A5. Image: Samsung

The five-inch A5 however comes with a HD super AMOLED, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear camera, while the A3 has a 4.5-inch qHD super AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM and an eight-megapixel rear camera. The A5 has a 2,300 mAh battery while the A3 has a 1,900 mAh battery. Unlike many Samsung devices, neither phone's battery can be removed.

The two devices do carry across software features from other Galaxy devices, such as Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen, and automatically adjustable audio. However, they’re missing features such as the finger print scanner and heart rate monitor found in the Galaxy S5. The Note 4 lacked the fingerprint scanner, but the feature made it to the Alpha.

Appealing to young consumers, the A-series will be available in white, black, silver, soft pink, light blue and champagne gold.

Samsung hasn't released prices yet but given the specs and target market, it would be reasonable to expect something less than its two metal predecessors.

Samsung says the devices will go on sale in select markets including China in November.

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