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Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 on sale now

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Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 on sale now

The aluminium body-toting Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 are now available to buy in the UK, as Samsung backs improved build quality as a way to reverse a decline in smartphone sales.

The A3 is free starting at £18.50 a month (or £249 SIM free), while the A5 is free from £26.50 a month (or £349 SIM free).

So what do you get for your money? The A5's metal build houses a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen, 1.2GHz quad-core chip and 2GB of RAM.

There's a 13-megapixel snapper on the back, and a five-megapixel front-facer. The 16GB onboard memory should hold plenty of photos, plus you can add 32GB using a microSD card.

Its 6.7mm frame is a smidge thinner than the iPhone 6. That's all the more impressive when you consider it sits in the middle of the range, below the A7 and above the A3.

The A3 is a little smaller. Its 4.5-inch screen has a resolution of 540x960 pixels. An eight-megapixel front-facer shares imaging duties with a five-megapixel front-facer and there's 1GB of RAM.

There's not much to choose from between the two, however. They have the same processor, storage and microSD card slot, run Android 4.4 KitKat and are 4G-capable.

The A7 is the top-of-the-range Alpha model and stands just 6.3mm thin, with two quad-core chips, 2GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch screen.

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