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Samsung starts selling the Galaxy A5 (only in China for now), asks $420 for it

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Samsung starts selling the Galaxy A5 (only in China for now), asks $420 for it
Earlier this month, we told you that Samsung had listed the Galaxy A5 on its Chinese website - this representing the first sighting of the handset on an official Samsung website. Now, not long after that, we discovered that the A5 can be bought by Chinese customers, who’ll have to pay about $420 (2,599 CNY) to get it.

Announced at the end of October as one of Samsung’s slimmest smartphones (only the Galaxy Alpha matches its thinness), the Galaxy A5 offers an all-metal unibody case that measures 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm and weighs 123 grams. It’s a mid-range Android KitKat handset with features which include: LTE connectivity, a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The Chinese version of the A5 also has dual SIM capabilities.

The Galaxy A5 should be released soon in other markets, alongside the smaller Galaxy A3 (which hasn’t showed up anywhere yet). Samsung seems to be having production yield issues related to the two handsets, so they may not be available in too many regions.

What do you think, is the Galaxy A5 worth $420? Would you buy one if you had the chance?

source: Samsung China

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posted on 24 Nov 2014, 22:29 7

1. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

What a ripoff

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 23:46 2

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yeah, should be $300.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 22:32 8

2. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Aluminum is overrated.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 22:35 4

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Agree. I prefer plastic. I had been shocked by my iPad before.

So I know it's real painful.

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 01:01 3

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

True. I bought a full aluminium cookware for $4, so Aluminium is terribly overrated. Its not expensive to make aluminium phones. Just a smart money making move by Companies esp some fruit company which knows how to 'Cook' its customers and grind them.

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 01:24 2

12. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

phone is nice and elegant but I will not buy if I have a chance. After having note 4 no need to buy ANY phone

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 22:44 6

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1351; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)

Roftlmao XiaoMi 4 cost Cny1999 only
Good luck for selling this Sammy

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 22:46

5. Techfriend (Posts: 34; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Desire 820 is a better choice than this metal boy at a little lower price and still don't have any issue with signals like this......!!

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 23:10

6. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)

Bad move by samsung, they should sell this phone outside of China.
China belongs to Apple and the IPhone, and the Alpha can not compete with the iPhones.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 23:33 8

8. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

You missed that article about the top 3 OEMs didn't you?

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 07:55

16. kanagadeepan (Posts: 979; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Wake up from your sleep buddy...

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 23:14

7. realjjj (Posts: 375; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

More than the Meizu MX4 Pro and Iuni U3 both with QHD screens and fast SoCs.

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 23:46

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

this is the same with all samsung smartphones when selling in 3rd world countries. price will soon go down to the 200s like all midrange samsungs do in a little time

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 01:55 1

13. hurrycanger (Posts: 1624; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

lol if it's gonna go down that much, it'll be awesome.
I think $420 is meh, $300 would be a pretty good price for this piece. Ranging in the 200s would be so freaking sweet for what it offers: 720p amoled display, high res cameras, 2gb of ram, LTE. The only reason I think it's not worth $420 is the Snapdragon 410, which may be just a bit better than the Snap400 available on much cheaper phones. But in between $200 and $300 that would be really good.

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 02:29

14. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)

No, I won't buy this phone.

posted on 25 Nov 2014, 02:44 1

15. Loubielou (Posts: 554; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

ALL WE ARE SAYING IS "BRING PLASTIC BACK",Samsung are Acting Like Apple nowdays thinking any phone they release will be Popular,Since the Switch to Metal we have also got a Price Upgrade from Samsung an how can that be Good for a Company that there Sales are Struggling

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