Both devices were officially announced at an event in India.
The Indian smartphone market is set to become a huge battleground for smartphone OEMs in the coming months, and Samsung is making sure it’s leading the way by announcing two of its new E series devices in the country. The Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 were announced at an event in India today, alongside the already official Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5.
The E5 and E7 are designed for young users, with a focus on selfies (yes, that trend is only set to grow as we move further into 2015). Both devices feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that comes with features like wide angle selfies (for self shots that cover up to a 120-degree angle), selfie with palm gesture, and selfie with voice command. On the back, there’s a standard 8-megapixel camera on the E5 and a 13MP unit on the E7, and the two devices are only 7.3mm thin.
Android 4.4 KitKat is what users will get out of the box (with Android 5.0 coming somewhere down the line), with features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multi Screen, all of which can currently be found on Samsung’s high-end devices. Both devices have HD Super AMOLED displays sized at 5-inch on the Galaxy E5 and 5.5-inch on the Galaxy E7, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, dual SIM slots, and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card slot. Battery capacity on the E5 is rated at 2,400mAh, while the phablet-sized E7 comes with a 2,950mAh battery.
The Galaxy E5 and E7 will launch in India first, with price tags of INR 19,300 (~ $305) and INR 23,000 (~ $363). Both phones will be available for purchase from January 20; Samsung isn’t saying anything about a launch in other markets, but it does hint at a wider release in its official blog post about the E series devices.