at the end of last year samsung the new Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 Smartphones were launched. Today we will review the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone and find out whether this Samsung smartphone is worth buying or not. What are the drawbacks and features of this new Samsung smartphone.
look and design
As you must have seen in Samsung’s TV commercial, the company has promoted the design made of metal and glass in the Galaxy A5 and this is its specialty. Simply put, this Samsung smartphone gives the feel of a premium smartphone like the Galaxy S6. This Samsung handset has curved Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back, which makes it look and feel better than its old generation phone.
Talking about the front part of the phone, this smartphone has a 5.2 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display which looks great and bright colors even in sunlight. The edges of the A5 are extremely thin, giving it an edge-to-edge look.
The navigation buttons are in the same place as on every Samsung phone. The fingerprint sensor works only with the home button. But there is no LED in this smartphone for incoming alerts, the headphone socket, Micro-USB and speaker grill are given at the bottom.
Galaxy A5 smartphone (codename- A510FD) was launched in India with dual-SIM slot and microSD card. The SIM tray on the right has a primary SIM and microSD slot, while the secondary SIM slot has been given on the top side of the phone.
On buying the Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone, you get a 10W charger, headset and a SIM ejector tool. Samsung has done a great job on the make and design of this smartphone, which makes it look like the flagship smartphone Galaxy S6. However, due to the glass on the back of the phone, it is a bit slippery to hold. The lack of LED notifications in the phone is quite a concern.
Specifications and software
This time Samsung has made a lot of improvement not only in the design of the phone but also in the performance. The Galaxy A5 (2016) phone sold in India has an octa-core Exynus 7580 processor. Samsung has recently used the same processor in its mid-range smartphone Galaxy J7 as well. However, the processor given in the Galaxy A5 runs with slight improvements (runs at 1.6 GHz and supports 6LTE).
During the benchmarking of the phone, we got decent figures but the GPU figures were slightly less.
The phone has 16 GB internal storage with 2 GB RAM. The storage can be expanded up to 128 GB with the help of microSD card. Apart from this, the phone has connectivity features like dual-band Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, FM radio and USB OTG. The A5 supports 4G in both the SIM slots, although the phone does not have VoLTE support.
While the Galaxy A5 (2016) coming with Android Lollipop is a bit disappointing, Samsung seems to have saved Marshmallow for its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7.
Apps like Samsung’s S Health and My Galaxy come pre-installed on the handset. The Ultra Data Saving Mode given in the J-series is also present in the Galaxy A5. Apart from this, many popular apps of Microsoft and Google also come pre-installed in the phone.
The general performance of the phone is quite good. But if you have many apps open in the background at the same time then the phone becomes a bit slow. But apart from this, we never got to see any problem in the phone. The phone does heat up while playing games and using the camera a lot but runs smoothly without any problems. We also did not see any problem in call quality on 4G network.
The fingerprint sensor works but it is not as fast as the sensor given in many recently launched phones. Despite 16 GB of internal storage, the user’s use is only 11 GB. But this is not a big problem due to the expandable storage.
The bright display makes for an immersive multimedia playback experience. Full-HD videos and high bitrate files also play well. The sound quality of the phone is quite good with the mono speaker.
With optical image stabilization and large aperture F / 1.9, you get excellent detail landscape photos in daylight with the phone’s 13 megapixel camera. The color reproduction of pictures is quite good. Photos taken in artificial and low light look fine even when zoomed. Overall the camera quality is good.
Videos are also quite good in full-HD resolution. Detail selfies can be taken indoors with the aperture F / 1.9’s 5 megapixel camera. The picture can be taken quickly from the phone but the focus is very slow. The same problem is also seen in video recording. The lack of phase detection autofocus is clearly visible.
The camera in the Galaxy A5 smartphone is not that much better than the camera given in Samsung’s flagship smartphone.
The new Galaxy A5 has a strong battery of 2900 mAh. However, due to this there has been some increase in the thickness and weight of the phone. But it does not matter because in our video loop test, the phone’s battery lasted continuously for 14 hours 42 minutes. At the same time, during normal use, we were able to use the phone for one and a half days without charging. The phone has adaptive quick charging technology and we got the battery charged from 0 to 50 percent in just half an hour.
Samsung has done a great job with the Galaxy A5 smartphone. With improvements to its build and design, the Galaxy A series has now come closer to the flagship S series. Although the company has kept the price of the phone completely wrong, due to which this phone cannot be recommended for purchase. The retail price of Galaxy A5 2016 is around Rs 28,500 which is quite high considering all its specifications.
The Galaxy A5 is successful only when Samsung makes some improvements in its price. According to us, you will get many other better smartphones with all these specifications and features in the price of Rs 20,000. The build, design, display and battery life of the Galaxy A5 are very good. We also liked the camera quality but the phone could have been designed in a better way. But we did not understand the reason for not giving notification LED in the phone.