Slim, stylish and ready to take super selfies, Samsung’s Galaxy A3 and A5 phones are here

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Samsung has introduced a pair of new smartphones, the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, which are the first in a flashy new range of mid-level, but still highly desirable devices. Although it took Samsung some time to the hang of premium design, it did so with the Galaxy Alpha, and the A3 and A5 both share a similar look to the attractive Alpha, and are wrapped up in super slim metal unibodies.

It’s pushing the A series phones to a young and fashion-orientated crowd, and will sell both phones in various colors. Pink, light blue, champagne gold, silver, white, and black are all among the options at launch. The A3 and A5 both tap into the selfie craze, and have strong front cameras, with special software features to help entice the vain.

The Galaxy A5 is the technically superior model. A 5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 720p resolution is fitted to the 6.7mm thick body, which weighs only 123 grams. A quad-core, 1.2GHz processor of unknown origin powers the Galaxy A5, along with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. The body may be slim, but there’s room for a MicroSD card slot, and a sensible 2300mAh battery.

The rear camera has 13 megapixels, auto-focus, and an LED flash, while the front cam has 5 megapixels. Samsung wants you to take selfies with either camera, and has added automatic face detection to the rear cam, letting it snap away when your face is in view. There’s even a wide angle selfie mode, and Beauty Face mode for when you’re not looking your best.

Android 4.4 KitKat is the operating system, and the phone has 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and various Samsung software features such as the handy Ultra Power Saving Mode.

Moving on to the Galaxy A3, it has a slightly smaller 4.5-inch, 960 x 540 pixel Super AMOLED screen, and a more basic 8-megapixel rear camera. The front camera still has 5 megapixels, and the same selfie software features are all included. Samsung has used the same 1.2GHz processor inside the A3, but dropped the RAM down to 1GB. The battery has also been shrunk, and a 1900mAh cell hides inside the phone, despite the device being slightly thicker at 6.9mm. Otherwise, the spec sheet mimics the Galaxy A5.

Samsung will put the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 on sale in November, but has only mentioned China by name, although it promises those in “selected markets” will also get the chance to buy one of the new devices in the near future.

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