Samsung’s new Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 smartphones have been exclusive to a few Asian markets since they made their debut, thanks mostly to production constraints. But new software released for both devices suggests they could soon be making an official appearance in Europe.
The Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 can actually be purchased in the U.S. and Europe already through a small number of third-party retailers. But an official launch in the EU would see greater availability through Samsung Experience stores and carriers.
According to SamMobile, that could soon be happening.
“It looks like Samsung is finally ready to bring the two devices to Europe, as firmware for a slew of European countries for both the A3 and A5 are now available online,” the site reports. “That’s the only indication we need that European consumers will soon be able to buy the two A series devices.”
If this is a surefire sign that a European launch is impending, then, we just have to sit back and await Samsung’s announcement. Until then, actual release dates and prices will remain a mystery.
The Galaxy A series is Samsung’s latest mid-range smartphone family, and its biggest selling point is its premium metallic designs similar to those of the Galaxy Alpha and the flagship Galaxy Note 4.
In addition to a 5-inch 720p display, the Galaxy A5 packs a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. It also has a 13-megapixel camera on its back, a 5-megapixel camera on its front, and a 2,300mAh battery.
The Galaxy A3 has a smaller 4.5-inch display with a 960×540 resolution, the same Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Its camera options include an 8-megapixel rear-facing sensor and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor.
Both devices are incredibly thin, and they ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat pre-installed with Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface.