Far away from discussing a connected world and dropping Back to the Future references at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, Samsung has been launching a selection of new Android smartphones at a press event in Mumbai.
Notably absent from the Consumer Electronics Show was the much rumoured Samsung Galaxy S6 which many had been hoping for a first glimpse of. Despite the no show of any new mobile goodies at the tech trade event the Korean company has been making up, for the Indian market at the very least, by bringing out no less than four new handsets – the Galaxy A3, the Galaxy A5, the Galaxy E5 and the Galaxy E7.
Each member of the quartet will come preloaded with Android 4.4 KitKat, complimented with Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface and each with its individual characteristics.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 (first seen in October) is designed with social media in mind and features 4.5-inch qHD touchscreen display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB RAM with 16GB internal memory and expandable storage available with SD card support up to 64GB. The A3 includes a rear facing camera with shooting at 8-megapixels with 5-megapixels available from the front camera.
The A5 also features 1.2GHz quad-core processor but steps up other specifications such as 5-inch 720p touchscreen display and 2GB of RAM. A number of other features are shared across each model and both the A3 and A5 are 4G / LTE compliant and are presented with a stylish full metal unibody with slim design and a choice of metallic casing colours on offer.
Representing the mid-range of the price spectrum the Samsung Galaxy E5 and E7 follow similar specs as the A series but with less expensive plastic casing rather than the fancy metallic finish. The E5 offers a 5-inch display and the option for dual-SIMs, whereas the E7 features a slightly larger 5.5-inch touchscreen surface. Unlikely the A3 and A5 the E duo does not come with 4G capability.
Initially these handsets will be released in India but UK launch will be announced ‘in due course’.