Samsung Nepal also released the new Samsung Galaxy E5 on March 12th, 2015. It came along with the Galaxy E7. This is a very new series in the mid-range smartphone segment. They both have plastic and metal mash up built. The design is a bit new with good curved edges. Back and front construction is plastic while side rails are of metal. We got to use this device in the bloggers meet and this is our Samsung Galaxy E5 Hands On review.
Samsung Galaxy E5 Specs and Overview
- Display: 5 Inches Super AMOLED Screen
- Resolution: 720×1280
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (Quad-Core)
- CPU Details: 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: Adreno 306
- Memory: 1.5 GB RAM
- Storage: 16 GB eMMC 4.5 Internal, 128 GB micro SD card support
- Battery: 2400 mAh Lithium-Ion
- Back Camera: 8 Megapixels with f/2.2 Aperture
- Front Camera: 5 Megapixels with f/2.2 Aperture
- OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat (TouchWiz)
- Connectivity and Sensors: micro USB 2.0, Accelerometer, Proximity
Detailed Specification: The new E5 comes with Snapdragon 450 chipset that has 64 bit 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor. The SoC comes with Adreno 306 graphics and the 1.5 GB RAM. The screen is better than other budget range phones with 5” Super AMOLED panel. Screen resolution is the regular 720X1280 HD. SAMOLED screens are already really great and high resolutions are plus point. The internal storage is 16 GB and we can add micro SD card up to 64 GB. The battery is of 2400 mAH which stays on mid-side.
The main rear camera is 8 Megapixel with f/2.2 aperture and it can take photos at 3264 x 2448. It can record videos at 1920×1080 at 30 frames per second. At the front, there is a 5 MP camera which can also record 1080p videos. This device also supports HSPA+ with a maximum of downlink speed of 42 Mbps. This phone supports 3G, 3.5 G, and 2G but not 4G in Nepal. New E5 comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and can now be upgraded to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Galaxy E5 Additional Features
The E series phones have the new front camera that features a 120-degrees wide-angle selfie. This includes Selfie with palm Gesture, voice command, beauty face detection and more. It also does some face correction and beautiful addition in the selfie. There is Ultra Power saving mode and private mode which is very useful. Such features are always useful. Power saving mode is the most useful is the place where there is a problem with the mains supply.
The only thing we missed is Gorilla Glass in this one. It is a mid-range phone at bottom tier so we can’t complain also. Galaxy E5 has Hybrid SIM system. This means we can’t install two SIM and SD card at the same time. It is either two SIM or one SIM and memory card. Some users might face a problem if they wish to install everything at the same time. If you really need all three and can work with a bit cheaper phone with almost the same specs then get the Grand Prime
Samsung is changing the phone design slowly. They are approaching for more unibody construction. Galaxy E5 has a non-removable back which means we can’t remove the battery and change it. Samsung Service centers can always do battery servicing when required. It means the device is more solid but we have to give up the user serviceability. However, the design and feel are great.
The phone has a quad-core processor which is very suitable here. Memory wise we get 1.5 GB which is more than what budget segment models offer. This should provide some extra headroom. We also played FIFA 15 which was lovely. We experienced no lag at all during our play. Cameras also work very well in condition with good lighting condition. 13 MP main sensor brings very good high-resolution pictures. We like the fact that both cameras can record videos in 1920×1080. This is a good step forward. The battery is in the lower power side but we give it a pass. We just hope they improve the battery size in the next iteration.
The official market price of Galaxy E5 in Nepal is Rs 26500 ($260). This phone is now challenged by the new Galaxy J5 which has a better camera, new UI and comes at a very low price of Rs 20000 ($200). But there is are alternative in the A series as well. We have head news that Samsung is going to discontinue E series because of the new J lineup in the market.