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

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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Galaxy A5
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

What a ripoff

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, should be $300.

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Aluminum is overrated.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agree. I prefer plastic. I had been shocked by my iPad before. So I know it's real painful.

11. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 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

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

5. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 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......!!

6. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

16. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1264; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Wake up from your sleep buddy...

7. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

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

10. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 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

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

14. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

No, I won't buy this phone.

15. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 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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