Samsung launches two new Galaxy smartphones (but not at CES)
Did you check out Samsung’s CES announcements yesterday? We sure did, and that meant listening to plenty of talk about televisions, refrigerators, and washing machines, while leaving us high and dry when it came to new mobile hardware. Would we really be waiting until MWC before getting a look at Samsung’s early 2015 lineup? Well, CES may sure feel like the nexus of the smartphone world right now, but it was at an event in India where Samsung just went official with a couple models we’ve been tracking for a while now, launching the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7.
Evidence pointing to the existence of this hardware has been making the rounds for about a month at this point, with available specs outlining what appeared to be a pair of mid-range Androids: screens in the 5.0-to-5.5-inch space, but with 720p displays instead of the 1080p or higher we’d get with a flagship. Sure enough, that’s just what Samsung’s making official this week.
The Galaxy E5 is the five-incher, with dual SIM support, a 2400mAh battery, 16GB storage, 1.5GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 410 SoC. It has an 8MP main camera and will ship running Android 4.4
For the Galaxy E7, Samsung moves up to that 5.5-inch screen, gives the phone a full 2GB of RAM, and raises camera resolution to 13MP. We also see a slightly larger battery complement these other changes, growing to 2950mAh.
Pricing for the Galaxy E5 works out to the equivalent of about $300, and $360 for the E7.
In addition to these two new Galaxy E-series models, Samsung also announced that the previously-launched Galaxy A3 and A5 will join them for sale in India.