Samsung has unveiled company’s Galaxy A3 and A5 handsets at the end of last month. These handsets sport the same metal and plastic combination we’ve seen in the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. The phones look and feel rather sleek, but it seems that both Galaxy A3 and A5 are having a rather interesting… well, issue. It seems like both of these devices are nowhere near Galaxy S5 when it comes to the signal strength, as you can see in the images below the article. You might recall that iPhone 4 had a “death grip” issue when it was first introduced, although that issue is somewhat different than these signal issues on the Galaxy A3 and A5, I guess both can be blamed on the metal construction, at least to a certain degree.
Galaxy S5 is showing a -82dBm signal strength while the Galaxy A3 and A5 are showing -92 dBm and -93 dBm respectively, which is considered a borderline weak signal. A drop of an additional 10 dBm and these handsets would be constantly dropping their data connections. Keep in mind though that this test was done on the review units, not the retail versions of these handsets. Samsung might fix these connectivity flaws by the time these handsets hit the stores, but it’s something to keep in mind I guess.
Samsung Galaxy A3 features a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage (up to 64GB). The device is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (quite probably a Snapdragon 410 chip) and it ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s UI on top of it. On the back of this handset, you’ll find an 8-megapixel camera while there’s a 5-megapixel shooter up front. Galaxy A5 on the other hand sports a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. This handset is also powered by the same 1.2GHz quad-core chip and features a 13-megapixel snapper on the back while there’s a 5-megapixel camera on the front. This handset also ships with Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s UI on top of it.