Samsung is making its move for the Malaysian market very early. We’ve just received an invite for a media event for what is likely to be the launch of the company’s latest Galaxy A smartphones, which will be held on 8 January.
To recap, the Galaxy A series of smartphones are Samsung’s new range of smartphones aimed at recouping its market share in the mid-range market. There are two smartphones in the Galaxy A series, called the Galaxy A5 and the lower-end Galaxy A3. The Galaxy A series also present an evolution to the Galaxy smartphone design, featuring a slim but sturdy metal chassis.
The Galaxy A5 offer a healthy mix of respectable hardware and a new, slim metal design. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and features a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, 16GB of internal storage (with support for up to 64GB microSD cards), 2,300mAh internal battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. The highlight of this smartphones, however, are with its imaging hardware: there’s a 13MP rear camera sensor, and a 5MP unit at the front.
The lower-end Galaxy A3 packs the same Snapdragon 410 chipset, but only has 1GB of RAM. The display shrinks to a 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, and the internal battery is also smaller, at just 1,900mAh. The rear camera is a 8MP unit, while the front shooter retains the 5MP sensor as the A5.
Both smartphones feature LTE Cat 4 connectivity, and are less than 7mm thick. More importantly, software enhancements from Samsung’s more expensive smartphones are also present here, including Ultra Power Saving Mode, Multiscreen, Wide Selfie as well as Rear Cam Selfie.
In China, the Galaxy A5 was launched at a retail price of 2,499 Yuan (about RM1,400) making the Galaxy A5 more than two times more expensive than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G. Due to fluctuations in foreign currencies as well as customs taxes, it is likely that we will be seeing a different retail price come 8 January.