Samsung today made its new Galaxy A5 smartphone available in China for just 2,600 yuan (approx. $420). The midrange device is available with either single or dual SIM card slots, and it’s going to be rolling out to international markets over the next few weeks.
First announced back in late October alongside the Galaxy A3, the Galaxy A5 is the more impressive of the two new A-series smartphones. However, despite its snazzy metallic frame like the Galaxy Alpha, the A5 doesn’t impress as much as flagship offerings like the Galaxy S5 under the hood.
It’s certainly not a bad midrange offering, though. In addition to its 5-inch, 720p Super AMOLED display, the A5 is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage — all of which is packed into a chassis that measures just 6.7mm thick.
On its back the A5 has a 13-megapixel camera, while on its front you’ll find a 5-megapixel sensor. A 2,300mAh battery keeps it all going, and thanks to the A5’s design, it’s non-removable. Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connectivity are also onboard.
The A5 will be running Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box, but given that it’s a new device, owners can expect an Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade sometime down the line. Samsung will likely update flagship offerings like the Note 4 and the Note Edge first, though, so be prepared for a lengthy wait.