The Samsung Galaxy A series have made a come back with some very worthy advanced specs but mostly it has fluffed up it’s exterior designs to the tee. If you neither like big or small phones, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is the perfect size between it’s twin siblings, the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) which is 4.7 inch and Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) at 5.5 inch. It helps that the A series has a line up of equal differences in its sizes from small, medium to large which enables consumers to comfortable choose what size suits them best. Samsung has delicately and most carefully made the A5 (2016) and A3 (2016) identical to the Samsung Galaxy S6 in terms of quality in appearance and it’s polished frames. At a short glance, it looks like you’ are holding a Galaxy S6 though up close, the 2.5D edge design where the glass and and metal framed is joined flawlessly on the A5 is what distincts itself from the Galaxy S6. The Gorilla Glass 4 covers the phone on the front and back providing a robust shield against crumbles and cracks.
Released end of last year, the Galaxy A5 comes with a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display offering a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution with busting colors and a wide constrast range weighing in at 155g and runs n Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. For users who place importance on security, the A5 has a fingerprint sensor packed on the home button, something which was missing in the lower priced A3 model and more commonly planted in the premium Samsung flagship phones. Beneath the skin, is a familiar friend found in the Galaxy View Tablet and Galaxy Tab S2 – a 1.6 GHz clocked octa-core Exynos 7580 backed with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory, expandable with MicroSD card. The Galaxy S6 notably misses out on this blessing. Below the phone you will find a monospeaker and inclusive of the package is a headset with for pick/end call, play/pause and a volume rocker. Connectivity selections include HSPA, LTE, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1.
In the AnTuTu benchmark test (v6.0.1) range, the Galaxy A5 (2016) scored 40,391 points, putting it in place right next to the Nexus 5X and falling a little behind the Honour 7 that scored 45,000 points. In short, the A5 (2016) sit somewhere in the middle and doesn’t outshine it’s competitors and other exciting contemporary smartphones in the market.
Similar to the Galaxy A3 (2016), the camera for A5 (2016) marks 13MP on the rear camera in 4:9 format and f/1.9 aperture and 5MP on the front with f/1.9 aperture. Escape blurry images thanks to an optical image stablizer on A5 (2016), something which A3 users don’t get. The battery is a beefy non-removable Li-on 2900mAh, an enhancement by 600mAh from it’s predessor. Charging session of only an hour is what it takes for a full charge in a single time.
The phone priced at $420 is not superlative in terms of performance and camera specs when put under scrutiny to it’s other matches. This phone is priced at RM1,199 by Samsung Malaysia. Despite this, the design and build is attractive and of prime quality. Plus, the battery life is excellent and even bypasses that of Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6 Plus. When Phone Arena directed a test, the Galaxy A5 (2016) lasted just a few minutes below 10 hours while Note 5 and iPhone 6 Plus came in at 9 hours and 11 minutes. The phone is power independent for up to 2 hours with light to medium usage.