Samsung Galaxy E5 and E7 unboxing and first impressions: mid-rangers with premium aspirations

“These VFM smartphones sport the same old Samsung design” 

Samsung Galaxy E5 and E7

With nearly 59 smartphones introduced in the year 2014 by Samsung, the company plans to continue the same trend in 2015. With the start of the new year, the company has quickly launched the Galaxy E series of devices, Galaxy E5 and E7. According to Samsung these are aimed at the younger college-going audience. The series sticks with the plastic build and gets a look similar to the older Samsung devices. While both the Galaxy E7 and E5 are similar in their core specs and design, the Galaxy E7 gets a larger display and higher megapixel count on its back shooter and obviously a higher price. The Galaxy E7 is currently available close for Rs 19,000 and its younger sibling, the Galaxy E5 is available close to Rs 16,000. Let’s take a closer look at the devices.

 

Both the Galaxy E7 and E5 come inside brightly-coloured boxes, with the letter ‘E’ dominantly displayed on the front. The backs of the boxes display the specifications and the unique features of the devices. Inside the box, we have the smartphone unit on the top of a thin cardboard separator. The cardboard separator houses the documentation, a 3.5mm audio headset with differently-sized rubber tips, a USB cable, a charger and a SIM ejection tool. The picture below displays the unboxed accessories of Galaxy E5, with all the accessories of Galaxy E7 same as of E5, except that the Galaxy E7 comes with a 2A charger and the E5 with 1.5A charger.

Samsung Galaxy E5

The Galaxy E series has been launched keeping in mind the value for money and design. Both the devices use polycarbonate plastic for their construction. The Galaxy E7 comes in three colours, white, black and blue, while its sibling the Galaxy E5 comes in white, black and brown. Both the devices are exactly the same in looks. The front features a textured look with a glass panel on top, with flat fronts, rounded corners, oblong physical home buttons, and silver accents all around. The devices are only 7.3mm in terms of thickness.

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The Galaxy E series houses the volume key on the left. The power key, a nano-SIM slot and a hybrid slot which works either as a nano-SIM slot or a microSD card slot are on the right.

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Both the Galaxy E5 and E7 feature Super AMOLED displays, mostly found In Samsung’s premium range. The Galaxy E5 has an ideal screen size of 5.0-inch whereas the Galaxy E7 features a larger screen size of 5.5-inch, both offering the same resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. In terms of computing power, the Galaxy E duo is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm 410 processor. The Galaxy E7 is paired with 2GB of RAM and the Galaxy E5 features 1.5GB of RAM. Both the devices offer 16GB of storage, which can be additionally expanded up to 64GB using microSD cards.

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For connectivity, these dual-SIM smartphones support 3G networks for calling and data access. In addition, there’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy E5 comes with an 8MP primary camera while its sibling gets a 13MP primary camera. Both the devices sport 5MP front cameras with enhanced selfie mode. The primary camera is supplemented by an LED flash for illumination and comes with full HD resolution video recording.

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The Galaxy E5 is powered by a 2,400mAh battery, while the Galaxy E7 gets a beefier battery at 2,950mAh. We will surely be exploring duo’s pros and cons in more detail in our in depth reviews, so keep watching this space.

Photos by Raj Rout. Video by Pratik Vyas

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