At a media event in Mumbai, Samsung announced a total of four new devices for Indian customers: The Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. The metallic chassis Galaxy A3 and A5 are already available in a few countries, but this is the first time we're hearing about the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7.
The Galaxy A3 is a mid-ranger that comes with a 4.5-inch qHD screen, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot (up to 64 GB), 8 MP camera at the back, 5 MP front shooter and 1,900 mAh battery. The device will be available for Rs. 20,500 ($323).
The Galaxy A5 is the better specced device in the Galaxy A series, and features a 5-inch 720p display, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP shooter at the back and a larger 2,300 mAh battery. Better hardware comes at a price, with the Galaxy A5 set to retail for Rs. 25,500 ($402). Both the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 will be offered in a variety of color variations that include pearl white, midnight black, platinum silver, light blue, soft pink, and champagne gold.
The Galaxy E5 is similar to the Galaxy A3 in terms of hardware specs. There are a few differences, however. With a 5-inch 720p display, the device is noticeably larger, and there's dual-SIM connectivity on offer as well. To account for the larger display, the battery is a 2,400 mAh variant. The pricing is slightly lesser at Rs. 19,300 ($304), which may be due to the fact that the device isn't a metallic affair like the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5.
Like the Galaxy E5, the Galaxy E7 is similar in hardware to the Galaxy A5, and boasts a 5.5-inch 720p display along with a 2,950 mAh battery. In terms of software, all four devices come with Android 4.4 KitKat with a side serving of TouchWiz. One area of differentiation (other than the design) between the Galaxy A series and Galaxy E series is in terms of connectivity: the Galaxy A3 and A5 offer LTE connectivity, while the E5 and E7 only feature 3G connectivity.