Samsung’s new Galaxy A5 has today arrived in Europe just under two weeks after making its initial debut in China. The sleek, midrange handset can currently be purchased in Russia, where prices start at RUB 23,990 (approx. $440).
The Galaxy A5 is by far the most exciting of the two A-series device Samsung has announced so far — though not quite as exciting as the leaked Galaxy A7. Although it is only a midrange handset, it looks very similar to flagship devices like the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha.
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. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera on its back, a 5-megapixel camera on its front, and a 2,300mAh battery under its hood.
The Galaxy A5 ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat onboard, alongside Samsung’s latest TouchWiz user interface. But because it’s a new device, it will be in line for an Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade at some point next year.
What makes the Galaxy A5 an attractive midrange device is its design: It shares the same metallic frame as more recent Samsung smartphones, and it measures just 6.7mm thick — that’s 0.2mm thinner than Apple’s iPhone 6, and 1.4mm thinner than the Galaxy S5.
Based on the Galaxy A5′s price tag in Russia, we can expect the handset to cost around €251/£200 in other European markets, where the device is expected to pop up early next year — alongside the smaller and more affordable Galaxy A3.