Last week we saw leaked photos of a potential Samsung Galaxy Alpha successor called the Galaxy A5. Now it looks like Samsung could be planning to launch an even bigger mid-range metal phone as well, based on new shipping records for an upcoming device allegedly called the Galaxy A7.
The news comes from Zauba, a site used to track cargo shipments into India. The listing in question describes a 5.5-inch Samsung smartphone with the model number SM-A700 and dual-SIM card slots. According to SamMobile the device will officially be called the Galaxy A7 and will offer LTE support along with a HD 720p display and metal design like the original Galaxy Alpha.
The Galaxy A7 should be a mid-range device based on what we know about Samsung’s Alpha lineup. Zauba lists the phone’s value at 12,474 rupees (roughly $200), but SamMobile claims it could retail for as much as $500. That’s still a pretty decent deal though, especially for a 5.5-inch phablet.
We’re still not sure exactly what to make of the Galaxy Alpha, which feels more like an experiment with metal design than a flagship phone. Samsung could attempt to undercut the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with a cheaper lineup of high-end Galaxy phones, though it’s a bit late for that considering how many new iPhones Apple has already sold.