Samsung is the biggest player in the smartphone industry, with its devices accounting for about one-third of the market share. The Samsung Galaxy, in particular, has been a huge winner for the company, so the rumors surrounding a new phone called the Galaxy On5 are perking up the ears of many electronics analysts and enthusiasts.
Alleged images of the Samsung Galaxy On5 phone leaked and were published this week by the website Phone Radar. It appears that a temporary listing was accidentally (or not) posted to the Samsung India website, and while that listing has now been removed, the buzz is quickly beginning to spread. If Samsung pulled this off intentionally in an effort to start building awareness for a forthcoming product, then we have to give them points for creativity and effectiveness.
What We Know About Galaxy On5
Competing with popular products such as the Unlocked Moto G, it appears that the Samsung On5 will continue with the growing trend of smartphones that offer hardware and features similar to high-end models that dominate the market, but at a much more affordable price point making them far more accessible to the average consumer.
From a hardware standpoint, the Galaxy On5 specs look pretty good in spite of its entry-level positioning. Both the On5 and its sister model the Galaxy On7 are expected to run Exynos 3475 SoC, with an integrated 1.3 GHz quad-core CPU. The Galaxy On5 will sport a 5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution.
Here’s an interesting note: Out of the box, the On5 phone will include only 8 GB of storage space, which is undeniably a very low number. The most basic iPhone 6S model has twice as much capacity, at 16 GB. However, like with most Samsung phones, On5 will have a microSD slot which can easily be used to add to the storage capacity. In this respect, the new phone will allow buyers to save money up front and add storage a la carte to suit their needs. This is a consumer-friendly approach and while it might sound complicated to a consumer who is not tech savvy, buying and adding storage with a microSD card is extremely simple.
The Samsung Galaxy On5 phone will feature a modest yet adequate 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 5 megapixel front-facing “selfie” cam. The higher-end Galaxy On7 will have a 13 megapixel camera that is more in line with the top smartphones on the market.
The phones will of course run on the Android operating system.
Is The Galaxy On5 Online-Only?
If you’re curious about the “On5” name and what it stems from, we may have a clue. The rumor that’s going around is that this new phone will be available online-only, meaning that it will not be possible to pick it up at an electronics retailer or carrier outlet. This makes sense, as it reduces overhead and enhances Samsung’s ability to keep prices down while also capitalizing on a market destination that consumers are increasingly transitioning to anyway.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more smartphones move over to an online-only model, or at least one where the quantity of physical products shipped to stores are cut down immensely.
Galaxy On5 Release Date And Price
When will this budget smartphone offering from Samsung be hitting the (virtual) shelves? At this point, that is not clear, although the fact that an official product listing appeared on the company’s website (albeit briefly) would seem to indicate that a release date is not too far off. We would not be surprised to see an official unveiling within the next couple weeks, with orders and shipments beginning to take place in November.
As far as price point, nothing official has been stated to that end either, however reports we have seen suggest that the Galaxy On5 will retail for around $150, making it one of the cheapest high-quality smartphones from a big-name brand ever. The more souped up Galaxy On7 is expected to be priced about fifty bucks higher, at around $200. When you consider how much it costs to acquire a new iPhone or existing Samsung Galaxy model, that price tag is really an eye-opener.
We’ll keep you posted on any new Galaxy On5 rumors and we’ll be sure to have coverage of the official announcement from Samsung, whenever that comes.