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Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 officially announced

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Samsung has officially taken the wraps off a new duo of affordable metal phones, the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the Samsung Galaxy A3.

Following this week's disappointing quarterly results, Samsung promised to address the threat from China by refocussing on more affordable smartphones. Right on cue, it's done that very thing with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3.

As per the leak at the beginning of October, both the A5 and the A3 are variants on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. That is, they sport a premium-looking metal rim construction, yet contain decidedly non-cutting-edge specs. They could also give some insight into how the Samsung Galaxy S6 might look.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 sports a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display and a super-slim 6.7mm-thick body (the same as the Alpha). It runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Unlike the Alpha, there is a microSD slot for expansion purposes.

It does appear to have a similar 13-megapixel camera to the Alpha, though.

Over on the Samsung Galaxy A3, it's a similar affair, but with lower grade specs. The screen is smaller at 4.5-inches and runs a less sharp qHD resolution (not to be confused with the much sharper QHD). Its body is also slightly thicker at 6.9mm, and the A3's camera takes a step down to 8-megapixel. It has the same processor, internal storage, and microSD facility, but half the RAM of the A5.

Both phones have 4G connectivity and run on Android 4.4 out of the box.

Interestingly, both the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the Samsung Galaxy A3 boast a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which mirrors recent mid-range efforts from Nokia and HTC. It's clear that these phones are being aimed at younger, more selfie-savvy users - particularly those in the massive Chinese market, where Samsung is receiving a bit of a battering from Xiaomi and Lenovo.

Both the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the Samsung Galaxy A3 will launch in China and "select markets" in November, so don't pin your hopes on a UK release just yet.

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toboev

October 31, 2014, 10:16 am

Samsung is missing the point if all they do is reduce price and spec in equal measure. The competition isn't producing budget also-ran spec phones, it is pushing out high-spec phones at prices below Samsung, well below. It is not about a "cheap" (and nasty) phone, we still want the Note 4 etc, but the days of charging £600 are over.

Jason

October 31, 2014, 10:21 am

Not everyone needs/wants a super high end phone. A lot of people just want a phone that works. So Samsung does get the point. They have phones for all types of budgets.

toboev

October 31, 2014, 10:29 am

Yes. But Samsung already has phones at every level of spec to cater for all needs. That is not new so it does not address their current woes. Their trouble is that whilst they already have phones at every level, from entry through mid-range to high-end, the competition is much cheaper. Pushing out even more mid-range phones priced well above the Moto G isn't going to help.

Jason

October 31, 2014, 10:39 am

I understand what you're saying, but they have a bigger brand recognition than Motorola. The phone shop I work at doesn't even sell Motorola phones. What I've always said is that they really need to work on cheaper phones. So, I agree with you there and they need to update their lowest model of phones. The lowest phone we sell for Samsung is the Fame and it's so overpriced for such a low level phone.

What they need to do is stop trying to follow iPhones pricing.

toboev

October 31, 2014, 11:07 am

So true. Oh, but don't forget, Nokia used to have bigger brand recognition than Samsung. Oppo, Huawei/Honour, OnePlus - in the end they don't sound any wierder than Samsung. I can't justify £600 to stick with Samsung when I replace my Note 1, not when there are viable alternatives at £250. I'll pay a bit extra to stick with Sammy, but not that much!

Louie Kulla

October 31, 2014, 3:13 pm

flop after flop after flop... samsung doesn't get it... no one wants their products.

AleXXX

October 31, 2014, 8:19 pm

I thought Samsung had got the message early this week but not. I don't really understand the release of the A3, on top of that Samsung dropped one of its most appealing feature, the removable battery, really? Unless they sell the A5 for the equivalent of £200-180 and the A3 for £150-120 I don't know how the plan to compete with Xiomi and Lenovo. Someone at Samsung has been drinking too much apple juice lately and losing the plot. Galaxy Alpha at £500 is massive rip off.
I really hope sales of Note 4 pick up and they get things right with s6 next year otherwise they are doomed which is a shame because they are one of the best ones right now, if not the best in many respects.

Chris

November 2, 2014, 1:13 am

Samsungs troubles like all Smartphone makers that are not named Apple is the repeat year to year business. Nobody upgrades there Smartphone every year as HTC LG Sony Rim ( Rim been the biggest casualtys of this) ect have found out in recent years and now Samsung is.

Apples miricle business that keeps growing year after year is the dream. ( And impossible to replicate)

Samsung can try and release cheaper products or not in the end of the day it will make little difference they are going to go in cycles. Average none Apple upgrade is ment to be around the 2-3 year mark acording to some surveys that were made.

Samsung is also negative $1bil a quater from Apple which is biting into its bottem end in manufacturing.

Remember though samsung is still making all of andriods profits by itself pretty much. If Samsung cant turn around the figures what future does Andriod really have in the high end market place.

As a fan of andriod thats a worrying place to be in. Not like Windows phone is in a better place as its year to date profits are in the negatives.

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