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Samsung launches super-slim Galaxy A3 and A5 phones

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 handsets, two supremely slim smartphones aimed at selfie and social lovers.

The new Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 both feature a full metal unibody design (ahh, more metal like the Alpha, excellent. You’re learning, Samsung) and they’re slender beasts, with the A5 measuring 6.7mm and the A3 coming in a tiny bit bigger at 6.9mm. Samsung has geared them towards staying social so both phones boast a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie camera, which can capture animated GIFs as well as portraits. And of course there’s beauty shot, in case you need to hide the odd pimple.

As you would expect, the Galaxy A5 is the more advanced of the two, with a 5-inch AMOLED HD display, 2300mAH battery, 1.2GHz quad-core chip and 2GB RAM, as well as a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, not bad for a mid-ranger. There’s 16GB of on-board storage for all those gorgeous selfies and a micro SD slot too, for when you fill up your memory.

The Galaxy A3 isn’t terribly far behind, with a 4.5-inch qHD AMOLED display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. You also get an 8-megapixel primary snapper, 1900mAH battery and 16GB of on-board storage space, again with support for micro SD cards.

Both devices offer Android 4.4 (KitKat) out of the box as well as 4G, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and the world’s supply of video codecs too, for watching your media on the hoof. Sounds like they’ll be a pretty solid option for the discerning, tech-loving teen and fashion-conscious adult alike.

The move to metal also bodes well for the next-gen Galaxy S too. After all, who wouldn’t like a device with all the smarts and robustness of the Galaxy S5 wrapped up in a full metal case?  

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