Samsung Announces Galaxy E5 And Galaxy E7 Mid-tier Smartphones


At an event to introduce the Galaxy A5 and A3 to the Indian market, Samsung took the opportunity to also introduce a new smartphone series that borrows heavily from the design of the Galaxy A series smartphones but is cheaper.

Word about the existence of the Galaxy E series started circulating in November last year with those leaks turning out to be very accurate. Like the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy E5 and E7 are both targeted at today’s very social user in that they retain the 5 megapixel selfie camera. The Galaxy E7 is the more superior of the two featuring a bigger 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display. The battery capacity of the Galaxy E smartphones trumps that of their Galaxy A counterparts. They however lack LTE radios and are meant for just 3G connectivity.

They both run on KitKat and not Lollipop as you would expect of new phones coming out. This just tells you that they have been in the pipeline for a while.

Galaxy E5 and E7

Here are their specs:

Galaxy E7 Galaxy E5
Dimensions 151.3 x 77.2 x 7.3mm  141.6 x 70.2 x 7.3mm
Display 5.5” HD Super AMOLED 5.0” HD Super AMOLED
Processor 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Memory 16GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB), 2GB RAM 16GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB), 1.5GB RAM
Camera Rear: 13 MP AF with LED FlashFront: 5 MP Rear: 8 MP AF with LED FlashFront: 5 MP
OS Android 4.4 (KitKat) Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Battery 2950 mAh 2400 mAh
Connectivity Bluetooth: 4.0,  Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/ GLONASS Same
Network HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps Same
Colours White, Black, Blue White, Black, Brown

The devices go on sale from the 20th of this month at Rs. 19,300 (around $300) and Rs. 23,000 (around $360) for the Galaxy E5 and the Galaxy E7 respectively in India. These devices are likely to show up in other markets as well particularly other Asian countries and Africa but there’s no word on that right now.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.