Galaxy Grand Max front

Following the launch of Samsung’s new mid-range Galaxy E5 and E7 handsets in India a couple of days ago, the smartphone giant is ready to launch its Galaxy Grand Max in South Korea. The extensively rumored Galaxy A7 also looks to be reaching its official launch, which will take place in Malaysia.

First up, the Galaxy Grand Max (pictured above) is scheduled to go on sale in South Korea on January 9th. The hardware is pretty much what we expected after last week’s leak. The Grand Max comes with a 5.25-inch HD (720p) display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 2500mAh battery and supports Category 4 LTE speeds of 150Mbps. The handset also comes with a 13MP rear camera and an interesting 5MP front snapper with a 120 degree viewing angle for “wide self-shots”.

The Galaxy Grand Max also has a quilted pattern on its back cover, which may or may not win you over. The handset is priced at 319,000 Korean Won ($290) and will be sold through Samsung’s online store and three unspecified Malaysian carriers.

Next up, Samsung’s Galaxy A series, which launched in the US just last week, has now also arrived in Malaysia. At the launch event, the illusive and still unofficial Galaxy A7 also made an appearance and will apparently go on sale in the country in February, although pricing details have not been announced.

The actual specifications on display are a mishmash of the various rumors that have trickled out over the past few months. The Galaxy A7 is indeed a larger 5.5-inch smartphone, featuring a Full HD display and Snapdragon 615 processor. The device supports 4G LTE and is said to come with 16GB of internal memory and a 2,600mAh battery.

Here are a few snaps taken at the Malaysian launch event.

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What do you make of Samsung’s expanding product line-up? Have either of these two handsets caught your interest?