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Samsung launches 4 selfie-centric smartphones: Galaxy A3, A5, E5 and E7


Samsung has started the new year on a good note in India by announcing four new Galaxy smartphones namely Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. The Galaxy A series will come with a metallic unibody design, whereas the Galaxy E series sticks to the plastic build. The price of the devices are: Galaxy A5 at Rs 25,500; Galaxy A3 at Rs 20,500; Galaxy E7 at Rs 23,000 and Galaxy E5 at Rs 19,300.

According to Samsung the Galaxy A series is targetted at high end users who are design-conscious whereas the Galaxy E series is aimed at the younger college-going audience. India is the first country to see the launch of the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 smartphones, thanks to a good run for Samsung mobile division in the Indian market in 2014.

Samsung Galaxy A5 is priced at Rs 25,500 an comes with a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display

Starting off with the higher end Galaxy A series, there are two smartphones here – the A3 and A5. Both the phones house the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 system-on-chip which has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The Galaxy A5 comes with a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 3G as well as 4G (LTE Cat4) support. It has 2GB RAM and comes with 16GB internal storage which is expandable to 64GB via a microSD card. It weighs a light 123 grams and is just 6.7mm thin. It is a dual SIM smartphone housing a 2,300 mAh battery with ultra-power saving mode.

Samsung Galaxy A3 comes with a 4.5-inch qHD display and is priced at Rs 20,500

The Samsung Galaxy A3 has a 4.5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display with an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It houses 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage with option to expand the storage via a microSD card. The Galaxy A3 is even lighter at 110 grams and sports a 1,900 mAh battery. This is a dual SIM phone but only supports 2G and 3G bands.

Samsung Galaxy E7 sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and is priced at Rs 23,000

The Galaxy E series looks quite similar to many of the older Samsung plastic-body phones. Galaxy E7 sports a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display whereas the E5 comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display. Both the phones sport the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with 1.2GHz quad-core processor. While the E7 has 2 GB of RAM, the E5 comes with 1.5GB of RAM. On the camera front, while both have a 5MP front-facing camera, the E7 has a 13MP and E5 has an 8MP rear cameras. Both the phones measure just 7.3mm thick and come with dual SIM support.

Samsung Galaxy E5 comes with a 5-inch display and is priced at Rs 19,300

All the phones come with Android 4.4 KitKat OS with the Samsung TouchWiz UI. Samsung has decided to play the selfie-game with these smartphones and to that effect it has introduced features such as Wide selfie, animated GIF, rear-cam selfie and even beautification mode.

With the Galaxy E series phones, Samsung has tied up with Vodafone to provide two months of free 2GB data plan on 3G network. With the Galaxy A series Samsung has tied up with Airtel to provide special double data plans for up to 6 months on Airtel’s networks. The phones will start selling from mid-January.

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