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Samsung formally announced the new Galaxy A series devices, designed for social networking, coming this November

cjmagowan  —  4 years ago ( Nov 01, 2014 )    |    Featured, Mobile

After numerous rumors and leaks, Samsung finally announced the new Galaxy A series devices with two pilot devices. The Galaxy A3 is an entry-level device with 4.5-inch display and the Galaxy A5 is a mid-ranger with 5.0-inch display, both comes with a 5 Megapixel front cameras with LTE connectivity and will be running Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) on a Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 CPU.

The Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 are looking almost identical unless you get closer. The reasonable size difference can be overlooked at first glance as they look almost the same from a distance. Samsung devices are no doubt does look much the same from one another these days, may it be a flagship device or an entry-level, Samsung still follows that same design route for almost all of its current line-up. Though the Galaxy A series still has that design similarities and for some reason has taken a cue from the Galaxy Alpha (the company’s first full metal frame device which was announced earlier this year) is also built-in a full aluminum frame unibody design in which Samsung claims to be its “Slimmest smartphone to date”.

Samsung Galaxy A5


The Galaxy A5 forms the balance between high-end and low-end specification that Samsung can offer to its customers, geared towards the social media connectivity, The Galaxy A5 comes with components and features that keeps you updated with your friends as well as keep them posted about you. At first glance, you’ll mistakenly believe that you are looking at an expensive piece of hardware, but Samsung now has manage to offer premium materials that an average joe can possibly afford. The aluminum metal frame forms the matrix of the device and is complemented by the large 5-inch AMOLED display on the front and a minimalist clean back cover which houses the main camera that sits between the LED flash and the loudspeaker grill.

Speed and Performance is what Samsung has made with the new A series with Specs that includes a Quad-Core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 processor running at 1.2 GHz, Adreno 306 for Graphics and 2 GB of RAM. It comes with 16 GB of internal storage plus an option to expand your storage cap of up to 64 GB with micro-SD cards. The large 5-inch AMOLED display offers HD resolution at 720 x 1280 pixel resolutions at 294 ppi density.

For picture and photo lovers, there is a 13 Megapixel main camera on the back with LED flash, it features autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama shots and is capable of taking a full-HD 1080p video capture at 30 fps. The front camera comes has a 5 Megapixel sensor which is one of the highlights of the new Galaxy A5 which is designed specifically for taking selfies and for hi-res video calls.

For connectivity, the Galaxy A5 offers LTE connectivity in addition to HSPA+, 3G and GPRS on GSM. Other options also includes:  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi hotspot capability, Bluetooth 4.0 EDR, LE with A2DP, micro-USB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support and NFC on some models.

It measures 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm and weighs around 123 grams. It comes with a non-removable 2300 mAh Li-Ion battery on a system running Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) which is known for better power management and optimum performance.

Samsung Galaxy A3


The Galaxy A3, is the smaller variant of the Galaxy A5 and shares almost the exact same design. Their only differences are the actual dimensions itself, the screen and some components inside in which the Galaxy A5 comes more with. But nevertheless the incapable as it comes with the same exact Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor running at 1.2 GHz with Adreno GPU but a small 1 GB RAM. It still runs smoothly most of the time. It also comes with a 16 GB internal storage plus the option to expand your storage needs of up to 64 GB with micro-SD card. The display is also an AMOLED type and measures 4.5-inches with a qHD 540 x 960 resolutions at 245 ppi density.

The Galaxy A3 also comes with a smaller camera with 8 Megapixel sensor paired with LED flash but is still capable to take your daily shots. It also has the same camera features as the Galaxy A5 which includes: auto focus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and panorama. As the Galaxy A series is designed for the social networks, the Galaxy A3 will also include a 5 Megapixel front camera not only for the purpose of hi-res video calls but also a high quality, hi-res selfie shots that you’ll be needing to share on your social media accounts.

LTE comes as a primary option to connect wirelessly, it also support HSPA+, 3G and GPRS if LTE connection isn’t available. It also includes: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi hotspot support, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, micro-USB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS and NFC for some variants.

Since it’s the smaller Galaxy A, the device only measures 130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm and only weighs 110.3 grams. It also comes with a smaller battery pack with 1900 mAh capacity of L-Ion type. It will also run on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) with better power management together with Samsung’s own battery optimization features.

The two new devices the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 will be available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold color variants. Also available in single SIM and Dual SIM setup with a choice of having LTE connectivity or the regular HSPA+ option. The handsets are scheduled for launch in China and other selected regions this month with prices to be announced pretty soon.

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