Samsung pulled a surprise in the beginning of the year [at an event in Mumbai] by exclusively launching the unheard of Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7, alongside the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3. (The E5, incidentally, is a trimmed down version of the A5). This review will, however, focus much on the Galaxy E5 that is touted by the manufacturer to have a powerful screen and a sterling front camera – both which are major selling points that Samsung is really vouching for.
Compared to Galaxy A5, the E5 is cheaper but it’s using the same hardware that Galaxy A5 uses (64 bit Snapdragon quad core processor). Samsung Galaxy E5 box pack, when new, contains a handful of contents: premium earphones and ear plug caps, warranty card, quick start guide, SIM tray ejector pin, travel charger, data cable, and the Galaxy E5 handset. In regard to the Operating System (OS), display and overall design; it is quite similar to A5 but slightly different.
Design, Display and OS
The E5 has a metal frame, but the rest of the body is plastic, unlike the A5 that comes packed in a full metal body. But the plastic body doesn’t stop the E5 from providing a soft touch and good grip. The rear side comes all black with a matte finish, giving the E5 a premium look as well. It has a built-in battery, and at 119 grams, the E5 feels very light in the hand. It comes fitted with a 3.5mm audio jack, a micro USB port, SIM slots, and a volume rocker placed on the left side.
For noise cancellation effect, the E5 comes with dual microphones, not to mention two sensors for proximity and accelerometer. Unfortunately, it’s lacking a light sensor feature but you can adjust the screens brightness when under direct sunlight, for about 15 minutes before it reverts back to default. In regard to the screen, E5 boasts a 5” inches super AMOLED screen that supports 1280 by 720 pixels resolution. Viewing angles are great, with a smooth and responsive touch.
Samsung Galaxy E5 is a dual SIM handset, meaning it has two card slots. The first slot can fit a nano-SIM, the same for the second slot. However, the latter is a hybrid slot which means it can fit both a micro-SD card and a nano-SIM but cannot be used simultaneously. Galaxy E5 runs on Android OS (4.4.4v KitKat), and with a sterling TouchWiz user interface to boot.
Storage, Memory and Performance
If you love gaming, the E5 will the experience better, thanks to its 1.5GB RAM and internal storage of 16GB. Unfortunately, the E5 does not support OTG, so you cannot install apps on external storage. On first boot, free RAM (out of 1.5GB) will be roughly 710MB and of the 16GB storage space, only 11GB will be free.
Expect excellent, very smooth and no-lagging performance with the Galaxy E5 as it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 64 bit cortex A53 quad core processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz with Adreno 306 GPU. The E5 camera, both front and rear, is to die for. The FF front camera is 5MP and supports native video calling while the front is an AF 8MP camera that can shoot full HD videos, and also equally support Wide Selfie, Selfie with palm shot support.