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The new-generation mid-rangers, which were first announced to the public on January 2, come with IP68 water and dust proof rating, Type-C charging ports, MicroSD slots supporting as much as 256GB of additional storage and other spec upgrades.
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The new 5.2-inch Galaxy A5 2017 comes with a Full HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.9 GHz octa-core processor, Android 6.0.16 Marshmallow on board, 16-MP front and rear cameras, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, NFC compatibility and a powerful 3,000 mAh battery. Compared to its predecessor, it features twice the storage, a much improved front cam, better RAM and improved processing power.
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The Galaxy A3 2017 features a 4.7” HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.6 GHz Octa Core processor, Android 6.0.16 Marshmallow on board, 13-MP and 8-MP cameras, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a 2,350 mAh battery. The IP68 rating, 3D glass back and metal body are valuable additions which add to the looks as well as performance.
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The Galaxy A3 is presently priced at £279 and the A5 at £369. If you pre-order any of these phones before February 3, Samsung will give you Samsung LEVEL Active Wireless Headphones for free. The devices officially went on sale starting today.
Leading network EE are offering the Galaxy A3 with various plans under its 4GEE Essential, 4GEE and 4GEE Max categories. The Essential plan costs £28.49 a month with no upfront cost and offers free access to the BT Sport app for three months, 500MB of data, 500 minutes and unlimited texts. The plan will offer up to 20 Mbps of download speed and will not feature inclusive EU roaming.
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If you pay £30.99 a month, you can avail 1GB of data along with unlimited minutes and texts for 24 months. EU data roaming will be capped at 500MB and minute and text usage in EU will be part of the plan. The plan will include 3 months free access to the BT Sport app and up to 60Mbps of data speed.
The top-end plan for the Galaxy A3 is a £40.99 a month one which offers 7GB of data, unlimited minutes and texts, 24 month access to the BT Sport app, inclusive EU roaming data and minutes and fastest 4G data download speeds.
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Carphone Warehouse are offering the Galaxy A5 on an iD Mobile plan for £27.50 a month which offers 1GB of data, 600 minutes and 5000 texts a month and for £29.50 a month which offers 2GB of data, 600 minutes and 5000 texts a month. A £32 a month Vodafone plan offers 1GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts and will require you to pay just £16 for the first 6 months.
Another £32 a month Vodafone plan requires an upfront payment of £29.99 and £16 payments for the first six months and comes with 3GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts. A £35 a month O2 plan offers 5GB of data with unlimited minutes and texts along with O2 Priority benefits, O2 Priority tickets and O2 Tu Go - text, call using Wi-Fi. All Carphone Warehouse deals for the Galaxy A3 and A5 come with free Samsung LEVEL Active Wireless Headphones.
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Three are now offering limited-period double data deals with the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 as well. If you pay £25 a month or £27 a month for these handsets respectively, you will be able to enjoy 4GB of data at the price of 2GB.
Vodafone are offering the Galaxy A5 with their Data Extravaganza tariff, offering 24GB of monthly data at the price of 6GB. To avail this offer, you will need to pay £32 per month along with an upfront of £10 and will get unlimited minutes and texts and 24GB of data, 2GB out of which can be used for inclusive roaming.