What is Samsung Galaxy A5?
For the first time, Samsung has more convincingly brought the high-quality flagship DNA down to the mid-range, which makes the A5 the first non-flagship phone from the Korean company that’s easy to recommend.
The new Samsung Galaxy A5 looks like a flagship, performs like a mid-ranger and is priced somewhere in-between. It’s a great phone, but a middling camera and CPU ensure it doesn’t fully rise above rivals.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Design:
Galaxy A5 has a metal frame and covered by 2.5D glass on front and back. The back is a bit of a sore point because it’s a fingerprint magnet, and also because it doesn’t seem very scratch resistant. Two volume buttons are present on the left side and the power button is on the right. At the bottom, you will find the USB-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Strangely enough, the single speaker is present on the right side of the device, above the power button.
A home button with an inbuilt fingerprint sensor at bottom of front face.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Display:
The screen size is 5.2 inches Full HD AMOLED display. Brightness is good, but it’s good to adjust it manually. The display is too low in indoor and Bright enough to use in bright sunlight.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Software:
Samsung didn’t include Android 7.0 Nougat support for the phone. It comes with Android 6.0 and a great deal of Samsung customization. As a Samsung veteran, you’ll not find the customizations to be anything new.
A cleaner, whiter UI is the most noticeable change, but a sparse Settings menu and redesigned base apps are welcome too. Also present is the ridiculously handy Secure Folder – a locked place where you can store private passwords, documents and photos.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Performances:
Keeping the Samsung Galaxy A5 chugging along is a brand-new octa-core Exynos 7880 CPU, with a slightly higher clock speed over its predecessor. A lower number here represents a more efficient processor, and this helps the Galaxy A5 achieve impressive stamina. General performance is good, with little to no lag, but it’s nowhere near as snappy as the only slightly more expensive OnePlus 3T.
The 3GB of RAM is a given for a mid-ranger now, and it’s a decent middle-ground. Working simultaneously on a few apps is fine, but you’ll probably want to force-close intensive games if you have a few open.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Camera:
Camera in Galaxy A5 is a great feature. The 16 MP rear shooter is capable of capturing some stunning shots in bright light. The pictures have a great amount of detail, and colors come out accurately as well. The camera has problems focusing on objects in low-light. The results aren’t quite great, given the pictures had noise in them. Camera UI which allows you to switch between Rear and front camera by swiping up and down. It comes with Pro, Panorama, hyper lapse, HDR, Night and Food mode.
The front camera produces equally good results, and color reproduction is close to real. It comes with selfie, wide selfie and night modes. There are various basic and beauty filters to choose from, available when you swipe left. The feature is great for people who usually edit their pictures before posting on social media.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Battery:
Galaxy A5 battery comes with 2900 mAh and will easily last for a day on moderate usage, but don’t expect the same if you are a heavy user. Since Galaxy A5 uses a USB Type-C port, a charging cable is a must for late-night parties or movies.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Pros and Cons:
Stylish and well built
Smudge Prone back
Noticeable app loads times
Samsung Galaxy A5 Price in India:
It will cost you around Rs.28990/-.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) impresses with its stylish looks, steady performance, good looking screen, and hardware level security that is rare in the Android ecosystem. If you are looking for a phone with a bigger screen, you might want to consider the OnePlus 3T, as it offers a bigger 5.5-inch Full HD display, is driven by an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip with 6GB RAM and runs the latest 7.1 version of Android Nougat.