2nd-Gen Galaxy A-Series Devices Up For Pre-Order In Europe

Samsung's New Galaxy A-series smartphones were introduced last month in China, but they were always expected to be made available elsewhere. That seems to have started to happen now, with reports indicating that a number of devices in the lineup are available for pre-order in at least two countries in Western Europe, which is a pretty clear indication that Samsung is indeed looking to expand the market for these mid-range handsets. While the second-generation Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 have been put up for pre-order on UK-based online retailer, MobileFun, German retailer Idealo doesn't seem to have gotten their hands on the Galaxy A7 just as yet, seeing as the device was conspicuous by its absence on the website at press time. The A5 and the A3 are, however, being offered by the online retailer.

While the 2016 Galaxy A lineup has not been officially launched by Samsung outside of China per se, the listing on popular websites in the UK and Germany does indicate that wider availability for the 2016 Galaxy A-series is only a matter of time. For those wondering about the pricing, the Galaxy A3 has been listed at £269 on MobileFun in the UK and at €306.31 on Idealo in Germany. As for the Galaxy A5, the handset can be pre-ordered for £319 in the UK, while those in Germany will have to shell out €396.17 for the privilege of owning one. The Galaxy A7, meanwhile, is currently not listed on the website of the German online retailer, but over at the UK, MobileFun is asking for £399 for those wanting to get their hands on the upper mid-range smartphone from Samsung.

The 2016 Galaxy A-series lineup was launched by Samsung last month in China, as mentioned already. Each of the three devices come with metallic build, and features Super AMOLED displays, something Samsung has started doing even with its more modestly-priced Galaxy J range, as was evident from the entry-level Galaxy J3 smartphone that was launched on Boost and Virgin just last week. It remains to be seen what kind of response Samsung gets for its refreshed Galaxy A lineup, but the company badly needs to infuse some life into its mid-range lineup to lift sagging sales and diminishing market share in the segment.

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