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Samsung Reveals The A3 And A5 – Its Slimmest Smartphones Yet

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New all-metal devices offer latest camera software to capture the perfect selfie

Samsung has revealed two new smartphones, which it says are its slimmest offerings yet.

The metal-bodied A3 and A5 devices, measuring 6.7 mm and 6.9 mm thin respectively are targeted directly at younger consumers, featuring mid-range specs at an affordable price.

The LTE-enabled phones both come with a 5MP front-facing camera alongside several innovative photo features to help capture the perfect selfie, including the ability to produce a .GIF video constructed of the shots.

The A3 and A5 will both run on Android 4.4 KitKat and be powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, alongside the standard collection of Galaxy apps, including Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen, as well as adjustable audio which intelligently adapts and enhances sound output based on the user’s surrounding environment.

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Both devices come with a Super AMOLED display and Adaptive Display technology, but differ in terms of screen size, rear camera and battery life. The higher-spec A5 (main image), which weighs 123g, features a 5in screen alongside a 13MP rear camera and a 2300 mAH battery, whereas the A3 (pictured left), weighing in at 110.3g, comes with an 8 MP rear camera, a 4.5 inch screen and a 1900 mAH battery.

“The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a beautifully crafted full metal unibody, slim design, superior hardware and the best possible social media experience,” said JK Shin, Samsung’s CEO and head of IT & Mobile Communication. “These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious consumers.”

The new devices will go on sale next month in several markets across the world, starting in China. They will come in a variety of colours, including Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold.

Earlier this week, Samsung revealed that lower smartphone sales had dented company profits in its most recent quarter, falling 60 percent to 4.1 trillion won ($3.8 billion; £2.5 billion) in the three months to September.

The firm blamed the average price of smartphones falling due to a rise in mid-range devices, as well as increased competition from the likes of fellow Android smartphone manufacturers LG and Lenovo, as well as Apple, which released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus within the last quarter.

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