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 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, 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

Related phones

Galaxy E5
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2400 mAh(16h 3G talk time)
Galaxy E7
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2950 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

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

17. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

2. Ceffmhico

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Nahhh... -__-

3. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 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 ..

4. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Yeah, thanks for spotting it!

19. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

what devices? cheap-china? no man.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

13. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 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

6. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 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,

7. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

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

8. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

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

9. m4m1k

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

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

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


11. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 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.

12. ravipotter

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 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?

14. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

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

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 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

16. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

18. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

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

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