Samsung goes all-metal with its slimmest smartphones to date

Posted on Jan 8 2015 - 3:33pm by Melba Bernad

Samsung is again attacking the midrange smartphone market with new Galaxy A series phones— the A3, A5, and A7—that are ultra slim and feature an all-metal unibody.

The Galaxy A5 is 6.7 mm thin, while the Galaxy A3 comes at 6.9mm. Both devices feature a refined full metal unibody design. The two also feature Super AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology.

Powered by a Quad Core 1.2GHz processor, the phones with 16GB internal memory and a micro SD slot that supports up to 64GB of external memory. The A5 has 2GB RAM while the A3 has 1GB.

The A series (from left): A3, A5, and A7. PHOTO BY MELBA BERNAD

The A series (from left): A3, A5, and A7. PHOTO BY MELBA BERNAD

The two phones are dual-SIM with only one of the SIMs supporting LTE.

The A5’s rear camera is 13MP AF with LED flash while the A3 has 8MP AF with LED Flash. The front camera of both models is 5MP.

The Galaxy A5 is 6.7 mm thin, while the Galaxy A3 comes at 6.9mm.

The Galaxy A5 is 6.7 mm thin, while the Galaxy A3 comes at 6.9mm. PHOTO BY MELBA BERNAD

Selfie-addicts will love these phones as the camera features wide selfie, rear-cam selfie, and beauty face features.

Battery power is 1,900 mAh for A3 and 2, 300 mAh for A5.

Both phones will be available this month and have a suggested retail price of Php16,990 (A3) and Php19,990 (A5).

Galaxy A7 packs bigger screen, more processing power

The largest of the three, the A7 is a phablet that features a 5.5-inch high-definition AMOLED display and is only 6.3 mm thick, thinner than the A3 and A5. It packs more computing power as it combines two separate quad-core processors. In addition, it has a larger battery at 2,600 mAh.

The A7 is a phablet that features a 5.5-inch high-definition AMOLED display and is only 6.3 mm thick, thinner than the A3 and A5.

The A7 is a phablet that features a 5.5-inch high-definition AMOLED display and is only 6.3 mm thick, thinner than the A3 and A5. PHOTO BY MELBA BERNAD

Like the other two phones, the A7 runs Android 4.4, has 4G LTE connectivity, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Inside is 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot to add more memory.

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The A7 features a hybrid Dual-SIM, which means the second SIM slot can also be used as a microSD card slot.

Available in February, the A7 has an SRP of Php24,990.

Selfie-addicts will love the A series as the cameras feature wide selfie, rear-cam selfie, and beauty face features.

Selfie-addicts will love the A series as the cameras feature wide selfie, rear-cam selfie, and beauty face features. PHOTO BY MELBA BERNAD

 

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About the Author

MELBA V. BERNAD started her career as an IT journalist with Computerworld Philippines which she joined in December 1993. She was Editor of the publication when she left in March 2013. Melba is currently Manila-based Editor of Networks Asia (Singapore), SMBWorld Asia (Singapore), and CFO Innovation Asia (Hong Kong). She is a two-time awardee of the Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best News Coverage in 2003 and Best News Coverage (Print) in 2004). She was also an awardee of the first Philippine Cyberpress Journalism Award. Melba is a co-publisher and concurrent Editor in Chief of Upgrade Magazine.

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