Thursday, 30 October 2014

Samsung launching A series soon to take on Xiaomi

NEW DELHI: Samsung's Galaxy A series, the long-rumoured range of metal-bodied phones by the South Korean manufacturer, is hitting the market soon.

According to a report by Korea IT Times, Samsung plans to release the low-priced smartphone lineup — Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 — in China next month. The report says that the Galaxy A series is being readied to take on Xiaomi, which has recently become the third-largest smartphone vendor in the world.

Samsung Galaxy A3 is said to come with a 4.5-inch 960x540p Super AMOLED display with a quad-core Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor. It will come with 1GB RAM, a 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera. It will be priced between $350 and $400. It will compete directly against Xiaomi Mi4, which costs $320.

Galaxy A5 is rumoured to come with a 4.8-inch HD display and 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor. It will have 2GB RAM, 5MP front camera and 13MP rear camera. It is said to be priced between $400 and $450.

Samsung Galaxy A7 will feature a 5.2-inch display with resolution of 1920 x 1080p and pack a 64-bit eight-core Snapdragon 615 processor under the hood. It will have 2GB RAM, 5MP front camera and 12MP rear camera. It will be priced between $450 and $500. This phone will be positioned as a low-priced alternative to iPhone 6.

It is not clear as to whether these phones will be available globally or only for the Chinese market. Samsung has reported a fall in the quarterly sales by 20% with declining growth rate in the smartphone