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Samsung unveils two new devices at CES 2015

At CES 2015 Samsung, the Korean company, did not have a lot to display in the smartphone category. The company just showcased the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3. Perhaps, Samsung is saving up its inventory for the MWC 2015. The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 would likely make its way to the Samsung’s booth at that event. As for now we only got the A5 and A3 to talk about.

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5 sports a 5inch SUPER Amoled display

The Samsung Galaxy A-Series is based on the platform of Galaxy Alpha. This entire range of smartphones will carry a metal frame, thin profile and SUPER Amoled Displays. The Galaxy A5 is no exception. It is built around a metal frame, it is thin and it gets a super amoled display. The screen on the A5, as the name suggests, is a 5 inch SUPER Amoled Display with a resolution of 720p. It is bright and vivid. The colors seem to be saturated like all the Amoled Displays. The contrast ratio is good and the blacks are deep. It provides excellent viewing angles. Overall, the A5 offers a beautiful 5 inch display. It would be used mostly for media consumption and it will not disappoint its users.

Samsung Galaxy A5

The A5 gets a 13MP rear camera with auto focus and a LED Flash

If we talk about the design of the Galaxy A5 we will not be surprised. The A5 gets the looks and style of the Galaxy Alpha. It boasts off its metal chassis. It feels extremely light weighing only 123g and ergonomically well built as it is just 6.7mm thick. At the bottom of the display we get the typical Samsung keys, two touch capacitive buttons (multi tasking button and back button) with a physical home button in the center. Above the display we get a couple of sensors and a 5MP front facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy A5

The side of the Galaxy A5

The back panel of the Galaxy A5 is built similar to that of the Galaxy Alpha. But the textured feel and look of the Alpha is missing here. The quality of the material is the same but it is just simple plain cover. It does tend to slip out of your hand but the ergonomically well built design of the Galaxy A5 allows you to fit it in one hand comfortably. The curved corners give a good grip to the device. Being a 5 inch device it is not actually that big to hold. It feels comfortable, light and even premium considering it is a mid range smartphone. The Galaxy A5 gets a 13MP rear shooter with auto focus and a LED Flash. We are expecting it to bring out some good quality pictures but certainly not the best we have seen.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 comes with a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset and a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. The graphics is dealt by the Adreno 306. There are some decent specs considering it is a mid range smartphone. The A5 has 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a micro SD Card. It supports up to 64 GB of external storage. For multi tasking it comes with 2GB of RAM onboard. Under the back panel there is a 2300 mAh battery which is non user replaceable. Samsung usually offers user replaceable batteries in its smartphones. Even in its flagship models like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, etc. all have removable covers and user replaceable batteries.

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3

Now, the Samsung Galaxy A3, on the other hand, is a small device. As the name suggest, it features a small size display when compared to the Galaxy A5. It sports a 4.5 inch SUPER Amoled display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has pixel density of around 245 ppi. The resolution of the device isn’t that great but for a small size screen it would suffice. But we would be happier if it was a 720p display. Anyway, being an Amoled display the contrast ratio, color saturation and viewing angles all are good. In terms of design, the A3 follows the similar design pattern of the A5. Nothing is changed except the display. The front camera on the Galaxy A3 is a 5MP shooter which should take decent quality selfies. The rear camera is an 8MP shooter with auto focus and a LED Flash.

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3 sports a 4.5 inch display

The Samsung Galaxy A3 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset with a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. It gets Adreno 306 as its GPU. The internal storage on this device is 16 GB. You do get a micro SD card slot and it supports up to 64 GB of external memory. Unlike the Galaxy A5, the A3 lacks half a gig of RAM and comes with only 1.5 GB. The battery on the A3 is a non user replaceable 1900 mAh unit. We will check its performance during our full review.

Both the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 are running on Samsung’s latest Touch Wiz UI on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. There is no word from Samsung regarding the upgrade of these devices to the latest Android L Lollipop. Samsung will launch the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 in the Asia-Pacific market first. We are looking forward to get hold on these two. Both of them will be available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold. The prices of these devices still remain unknown. Stay tuned for more news related to Samsung and CES 2015.

Source – Gsmarena

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