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Galaxy A3 and A5 come to life

Two sizes

Color coded

Samsung's slimmest

Camera settings

Stacking the deck

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An all-metal frame and Android 4.4 KitKat come together in the long-rumored Samsung Galaxy A5, left, and A3.

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The larger and more advanced of the two phones, the A5 has a 5-inch 720p HD display while the 4.5-inch screen A3 has a 960x540 qHD resolution.

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Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy A phones come in white and black, silver and gold, and light blue and pink. Unlike the Note 4, a metal unibody means you can't remove the back cover, and there's no heart-rate monitor on the rear.

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The 0.26-inch (6.7mm) A5 is Samsung's slimmest smartphone, with the shorter A3 just a hair thicker at 0.27-inch (6.9mm).

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Thirteen-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras adorn the A5 and A3, respectively, but it's those 5-megapixel front-facing shooters that Samsung hopes to highlight with brand-new selfie settings.

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Samsung's midrange A-series isn't meant to compete with flagship phones like the Note 4 and Galaxy S5. Instead, the trendy metal models target teens and young adults.

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Get even more hands-on impressions of the Galaxy A5 and A3 in CNET's hands-on here.

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