After the launch of the Galaxy A3 and A5 in India (where Samsung also pulled off a couple of surprise launches), Samsung has made official the devices in Malaysia. While the smaller of the two — Galaxy A3 — is launched for RM899 (US$250), the Galaxy A5 gets an RM1199 (US$335) price tag, making the prices pretty much in line with other markets. The devices come with rather mid-range specifications, but the USP remains the metal build, which is also what you pay the premium for. A 4.5-inch 960 x 540p qHD display sits on the smaller Galaxy A3, while the Galaxy A5 comes with a 5-inch 1280 x 720p panel. Both devices are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, but there’s a slight difference in RAM with the Galaxy A3 having 1.5GB while the A5 gets 2GB.
In related news, Samsung will also be making available its Galaxy A7 in Malaysia next month. There’s no official word on pricing as yet, but the 5.5-inch Snapdragon 615 powered phone is expected to sell at RM1499 (US$420), extrapolating from prices of the A3 and A5.