Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A lineup of ultra thin, full metal mid-range smartphones today. Available in 4.5-inch, 5-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes, each phone boasts a unibody full aluminum build, super AMOLED display, 5MP front-facing camera and 4G LTE capabilities.
The Galaxy A phones are the first full metal construction smartphones Samsung has released (the Galaxy Alpha had a metal frame, but a plastic rear cover). The full metal design is complemented by diamond cut chamfered edges and very skinny profiles, with the 4.5-inch A3 measuring 6.9mm, the 5-inch A5 measuring 6.7mm and the 5.5-inch A7 a mere 6.3mm.
The phones are aimed at younger users with each armed with a front-facing five-megapixel camera, primed for selfies with features like wide selfie, palm selfie, animated GIF, and "beauty face features", which smoothes out a subject's face, enlarges eyes and slims down chubby cheeks.
The A7's 5.5-inch screen boasts a Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, while the A5 and A3 settle for 1280 x 720 and 960 x 540 pixel resolutions respectively. However, all three devices boast Samsung's Super AMOLED displays, with great contrast and vivid color reproduction.
The A3 and A5 are powered by a single quad-core 1.2GHz processor, while the A7 has an octa-core (quad-core 1.5GHz + quad-core 1.0GHz) processor. All three devices feature LTE Category 4 support, and built-in 16GB storage with a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. Battery-wise, the A7 has a 2,600mAH battery, the A5 has a 2,300mAh battery, and the A3 has a 1,900mAh battery.
The A series will be available in a range of colors, with the A3 ($448) and A5 ($598) launching in Pearl White and Midnight Black on 16th January, and Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold and Soft Pink versions to follow. The A7 will be available in Pearl White and Midnight Black, and will be available later this quarter (pricing to be confirmed).