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Samsung Galaxy E5 hands-on and first impression: An average Joe

Samsung launched four smartphones in its Galaxy series in India yesterday, out of which the Galaxy E5 and the Galaxy E7 saw its debut launch. The Galaxy E5 is priced at Rs 19,300 and has a plast

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Samsung launched four smartphones in its Galaxy series in India yesterday, out of which the Galaxy E5 and the Galaxy E7 saw its debut launch. The Galaxy E5 is priced at Rs 19,300 and has a plastic unibody design. The device will be available in black, white, and brown. We spent some time with it and here are our first impressions. 


The Galaxy E5 dons Samsung’s traditional plastic body that is seen across its Galaxy range of smartphones. However, this one features a unibody design, which means there is no removable battery. It has a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, which has rich colours and satisfactory brightness. We could only test it indoors unfortunately, not outdoors. We could hold the smartphone comfortably in one hand, though one-hand navigation is a bit difficult. Also Read - Samsung’s overpriced Galaxy E5, Galaxy E7 get price cuts in India less than two months since launch

Samsung has launched the phone on Android KitKat with its proprietary TouchWiz UI on top, which is slightly disappointing as it could have been on Lollipop with was released almost three months ago. Samsung also shied away from sharing plans for Lollipop update for the Galaxy E5. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy E5, Galaxy E7 specifications and features leaked

The Galaxy E5 is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM. The chipset ensured that the device ran smoothly without any lags in navigation, transition between apps and while coming in and out of the menu to home screen. Again, we had the device for a very short time, so we can only fully ascertain when we review the device. It has 16GB of internal storage and also comes with a microSD card slot.

We briefly tested the cameras and found them satisfactory. The 5-megapixel 120 degree wide angle front facing camera comes with beauty editing tools, palm and voice shutter button, all of which are impressive. The 8-megapixel rear camera too churned out decent shots indoors.

The Galaxy E5 packs a 2,400mAh battery and has Wi-Fi and 3G support. The device is a decent package overall, but it has nothing extraordinary to offer. It has average specifications, average looks and is priced way above than most smartphones with much better specifications at a much lower price.

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  • Published Date: January 7, 2015 7:10 PM IST


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