A unibody metal body, 5-inch AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, and claim as Samsung’s “thinnest smartphone to date” the Galaxy A5 and A3 yet more smartphones from Samsung, measuring at 6.7mm and 6.9mm thickness. They may not be close to the thinnest smartphone but with a metallic body, it’s still quite an interesting proposition. They’re both apparently geared at the youth, with Samsung’s own presser praising its social network skills – extending to a GIF maker and 4G connectivity – and the five-megapixel front-facing camera, because selfies, but given the notion of a metal-framed Galaxy phone, other crankier demographics might also be tempted.
The Galaxy A5 priced at R6499 is the five-inch model, with a 720p Super AMOLED display and a 1.2GHz processor — it’s a relatively middleweight specification but it’s probably what ensures Samsung were able to squeeze down the dimensions. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A3 which will set you back R4999 has a 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen, and the same processor. The camera here dips down to a 8-megapixel model, but you’ll still get the full 5MP whack of the front-facing camera. Both devices are set to officially launch in either Pearl White, Midnight Black and Champagne Gold this weekend, whilst your local Samsung experience stores and authorised retailers already carry stock.