Samsung announces mid-range E-Series smartphones

Over the past year or so Samsung has really been focussing its efforts on the high-end smartphone market, presumably to compete with the likes of Apple. But not everyone is interested in spending hundreds of pounds on a flagship phone, and it’s now clear Samsung knows that.

That’s where the Galaxy E-Series comes in. Samsung is set to release the 5-inch Galaxy E5 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy E7 in India sometime in the near future. They are both set to cost 19,300 INR and 20,500 INR, respectively, which puts their value at just over ¬£200.

The fact that no other markets have been announced may sound like bad news, but Tech Radar points out that the mid-range smartphone market is somewhere Samsung is lacking, so it’s likely that Samsung will have some plans to launch the phones internationally.

Both phones come with “HD screens” (presumably that’ll be 720p rather than 1080p), 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processors, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera. The E5 will have a 2,300 mAh battery, and the E7 will have a slightly larger 2,900 mAh battery — presumably to compensate for the slightly larger screen.

Sadly the new phones are not on display at CES (odd timing Samsung), so we’ll have to wait until MWC in March to find out more

Tom Pritchard

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