Samsung’s All-Metal Galaxy A3 and A5 Seem To Have Signal Strength Issues
Samsung recently unveiled mid-range Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, which the company claims to be its slimmest smartphones to date. Not only that, the new phones are also Samsung’s first claim in all-metal backings to embrace the trend.
While the South Korean electronics giant is readying for a sea change in its smartphone design, the new duo, like many other metal-housed devices before them, seems to have problems with signal reception.
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5, that features plastic backing, has no such issues, so the problem is apparently specific to the Galaxy A3 and A5, which boast premium finishes over the high-end features.
According to a report over at Hi-Tech.Mail.ru, the Galaxy S5 had a significantly stronger cellular signals when tested, compared to the other two Galaxy phones.
As per the report, the signal strength of the S5 was -82 dBm, while for the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, the strength was tested to be at -92 dBm ad -93 dBm respectively. Speaking about the signal strength, the closer to zero is the dBm value, the more stable will be the reception.
These results show that Galaxy A3 and A5 have by an average of 19% and 16%, respectively, worse signal reception than the flagship GALAXY S5. All three devices were tested using the SIM card of the same operator and in identical locations, so it was a fair assessment. This incident reminds us of the Antennagate debacle that hit the release of iPhone 4 in June 2010.
Shortly after iPhone 4 was launched, many consumers reported of the poor signal reception of the phone, resulting in dropped connections in some areas with lower signal strength.
Even though the iPhone 4 wasn’t entirely comprised of metal, the issue forced Apple to offer free iPhone 4 cases to help solve the antenna issue. The Cupertino even announced a refund to those who had already purchased a Bumper.
With the record-breaking sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple has really given a major blow to the Korean handset maker. It even managed to beat Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in its home country, which made the scenario even worse for the Tizen maker in the mobile market.
Back to the story, we are not sure if Samsung is looking into this current signal issue, or whether it even considers the results of this test as a problem at all.
We’ll keep you updated with any advancements on this story, so stay tuned!
Source: HiTechMail [Google Translate]
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