Recently we took a look at the first in Samsung’s metal-bodied phone lineup, the Galaxy A5. Now it’s time to meet the smaller brother in the family, the Samsung Galaxy A3.

The slightly smaller A3 is extremely similar-looking to the A5, so the question has to be: What’s the bloody difference? The price, for one, as the A3 is both smaller and cheaper than the A5.

As for the physical differences, the A3 is a 4.5-inch smartphone, carrying an Android OS within its 540 x 960 resolution Super AMOLED display.

That said, it’s got quite a similar hardware configuration otherwise. There’s a 1.2GHz quad core chip in the Samsung Galaxy A3, as well as 1GB – down slightly on the A5’s specs. But there’s still 16GB of storage to play with, which is pretty darned awesome. And you can add another 64GB of microSD storage, if you wish.

The fitted cameras have taken a slight knock as well. Instead of a 13MP rear camera, there’s a more standard 8MP rear which still takes acceptable shots. That 5MP front-facer is still there though, Samsung’s loathe to let that one go.

Otherwise, Samsung have also opted to keep the connectivity. Mostly. WiFi is still there, though it’s only b/g/n, Bluetooth and 3G are in place and LTE also sticks around. That’s just brilliant.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 is the smallest member of the Galaxy A Series family but not by much. And since you’re getting an all-metal body with some decent hardware, with only minor sacrifices in the name of keeping the price down, you’re in for a treat.

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