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The Samsung Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 officially unveiled: more affordable alternatives to Galaxy A5 and A7

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The Samsung Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 officially unveiled: more affordable alternatives to Galaxy A5 and A7

Although Samsung kept its mouth shut during its event at CES 2015 yesterday and hardly ever mentioned the word "smartphone", the undisputed, yet troubled market leader today announced a duo of newcomers that will complement the company's mid-range portfolio for 2015. During the official announcement of the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 in India (a pair of phones that have made the rounds during the past few months), Samsung decided to lift the veil and show us what it's been brewing during the past few months or so.
The Samsung Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 officially unveiled: more affordable alternatives to Galaxy A5 and A7

The Samsung Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 are mostly mid-range devices, though the E7 is somewhat gravitating toward the upper mid-range one segment. They are to be viewed as cheaper alternatives to the A5 and A7, though they've retained most of the nits and bits that make the specs sheets of the latter. Thus, both employ 7.3mm-thin aluminum unibodies, which bring them closer to the A5 and A7. The design language is Samsung's typical one, once again reminding us of their Alpha cousins.

Hardware-wise, the Samsung Galaxy E7 comes with a 5.5-inch, 720p Super AMOLED display, a quad-core SoC humming at 1.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB on-board storage (a microSD card also made the cut), and a 13MP rear snapper/5MP front-facing selfie one. A hefty 2,950mAh juicer and two SIM card slots can be found aboard as well. The phone is priced at about $363 (Rs. 23,000) in India.

The Samsung Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 officially unveiled: more affordable alternatives to Galaxy A5 and A7
The Samsung Galaxy E5, on the other hand, is a bit more modest - we are dealing with a 5", 720p Super AMOLED display, quad-core chipset running at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, 16 gigs of available storage, and an 8MP rear shooter/5MP front-facing one. A 2,400mAh battery, a microSD slot, and two SIM slots also can be found in the bag of features of this new Galaxy. It is priced at roughly $305 (Rs. 19,300)in India.

Both the Galaxy E5 and E7 are running Samsung's own TouchWiz UI atop Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but Samsung teased that they'll be receiving Lollipop in the foreseeable future. International availability is, however, shrouded in mystery at this point. 

What do you think? Is Samsung on the right path?



source: Samsung via SamMobile

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posted on 06 Jan 2015, 08:46 5

1. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


E5 section : $305 translates to roughly Rs. 19300/-, not 9300/-

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 22:59

17. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Great News. Would have been even better if prices were Rs 2-3K lesser but even then its good step in the right direction. Much Much better than the terribly overpriced Mediatek Desire craps launched by the inferior and loss making HTC in India. Just want HTC to be completely ripped off in India so that their ugly face appears.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 08:47 1

2. Ceffmhico (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


Nahhh... -__-

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 08:48 4

3. XaErO (Posts: 304; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Too costly .. one can get better devices at that price .. and that too with respectable build quality .. why go for A series ..

Samsung should really need to find a good selling point for every device they are making ..

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 08:50

4. PeterK. (Posts: 294; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Yeah, thanks for spotting it!

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:34

19. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


what devices? cheap-china? no man.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 08:50 2

5. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 897; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


The E7 should have 1080p and SD615, and both E7 and E5 should have a lower price tag. Samsung must do something ground-breaking in mid range, just like Asus did.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:39 1

13. SayMobile (Posts: 92; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)


For that u have the Galaxy S4 which is now a midranger,The A series is purely designed for metal seekers in Mid range phones

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 08:51

6. cezarmed2 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I dont think is the right move cosidering we have phones with 3gb or 4g o ram,net superior specifications than this 2 phones and yet,at around the same price.

The phones are not bad at all,but the will have to win a place in the market,

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 08:53

7. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 773; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Both look pretty decent.. but arent they made up of polycarbonate(gsmarena)?

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 08:55 1

8. Youraveragejoe (Posts: 119; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)


No thanks.. I'll buy the oneplus one for the price of e7..

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 09:05 4

9. m4m1k (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


Moto G 2nd gen is soooo much better option than e5. Samsung again disappoints with its mid range pricing

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 09:15

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 19808; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 09:24

11. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 335; Member since: 30 May 2014)


These phones are decent, metal body too?, so it means the back cover as well as the battery isn't removable, a bit disappointment. E7 should have 1080p and s615 to make it more futue proof and a powerful phablet. E5 is okay, downscaling the camera resolution and reducing RAM is not good, but the battery and price is okay, E5's battery is larger than A5.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:04 2

12. ravipotter (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


It has come down to this huh??

Apart from the Note series none of their phones have a reason to exist in today's market, especially in a price sensitive market like India, where there is a stiff competition from Xiaomi and oneplus.

People who want specs at a better value will definitely wont buy them. People who care more about bragging rights wont even look at them.

So whom are these devices catering too?

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:39

14. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Asus ZenFone 2 is a pretty good deal this year, samsung is just sinking in more galaxy mid range phones!!

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:45

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1013; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Glad Samsung didn't put it in CES, what a humiliation by showing these phones, it will only cannibalize your own A series product

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 10:55

16. SayMobile (Posts: 92; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)


The Galaxy E5 & E7 and the Galaxy A5 are really good products which are priced well too. Samsungs can look forward to some hefty sales of these 3 phones specially in developing markets.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 23:41

18. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Protruding camera = fail
Speaker on the back = fail
High price + Low specs = fail

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