Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Review: Price, Specs, Pros and Cons

Review of Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) at a Glance:-

The Samsung A series is upper middle range phones and the Galaxy A5 2016 version is upgraded a lot from its previous Galaxy A5 2015 version. Current version includes features like Snapdragon 615, 5.2 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 13 MP & 5MP camera, 4G for all bands, 16 GB ROM and 128 GB External SD card, 2 GB RAM and 2900 mAh battery. Here we will have Short review, Pros and Cons of Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016).

The design is identical to Galaxy S6 but this handset has more bar shaped design with metallic frame and both front and back feels robust with Gorilla Glass 4. Glass covering phone doesn’t feel slippery at least in hand. The phone doesn’t fade the look from any of the angle.

Viewing experience in this handset is quite pleasurable as it has 1080p full HD screen resolutions with 424ppi of display density. AMOLED display is made to give more bright vibrant colours so the watching anything is fun in this handset. It has Ambient light sensor that makes adjustment of light quite accurate as according to environment, sunlight readability is immaculate.
Photos from its 13 MP camera comes crisp and thanks to preinstalled OIS that makes photos more stable and shake free. The quality of photos taken in daylight is definitely finer and accurate but the picture quality in low light or insufficient light losses details. 5 MP camera also has F1.9 aperture capable to snap wide angle photos means more area is covered. 
Galaxy A5 has two variant in processor the Southeast Asia handset has Snapdragon 615 and the Exynos 7580 Octa core for rest of the world.
The Snapdragon 615 is mediocre processor from Qualcomm has 8 cores from them 4 cores are clocking at 1.5 GHz and other 4 clocking at 1.2 GHz. So for the common functioning it runs without any lag and multitasking is smoother in heavy gaming frame drop can be noticed.
Battery is advantage of this handset 2900 mAh capacity has potential to give the backup of more than one day even in heavy use. So battery is plus point which is above average.

Specification of Samsung Galaxy A5

Operating System
OS- Android
OS Version- v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
CPU- Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
Clock Speed- 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Core- Octa-core
GPU- Adreno 405

Screen and Display
Type- Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Size- 5.2 inches 
Display Resolution- 1080 x 1920 pixels
Display Reinforced- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Display Density- 424 ppi

Rear- 13 MP
Front- 5 MP
Max. Video Resolution- 1080p
Max Video Frames- 30fps

Form and Dimension
Phone Dimension- 144.8 x 71 x 7.3 mm
Form- Bar
Weight- 155 grams

Data Connection and Connectivity 
4G- LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 40(2300)
3G- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Bluetooth- v4.1
WiFi- 802.11 a/b/g/n
Headphone Jack- 3.5mm

Proximity- Yes
Accelerometer- Yes
Light- Yes
Gyroscope- N/A
Fingerprint- Yes

Memory and RAM
Internal (ROM)- 16 GB
External (SD)- 128 GB (dedicated slot) - A510FD

SIM Type- Nano-SIM
SIM Support- Dual SIM

Capacity- 2900 mAh
Stand By- 16 hours

Phone’s Available Colour- Black, White, Gold and Pink

Pros of Samsung Galaxy A5

  • Very elegant and premium design.
  • The memory can be expended up to 128 GB.
  • 2900 mAh battery gives pretty decent backup.
  • Body is fully covered and protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Cons of Samsung Galaxy A5

  • Battery is non-removable.
  • Expensive bar as according to features.
  • No LED notification.
  • No gyroscope.

Difference in variants of A5 2016

A510F (Europe); A510M (Latin America); A5100 (Hong Kong); SM-A510Y (Taiwan)- MicroSD uses SIM 2 slot
A510FD (Southeast Asia) - dedicated slot for MicroSD

Why to buy and Final words about Samsung Galaxy A5

Galaxy A5 has a very impulsive and premium look with 5.2” a perfect size and features that are closer to flagship handset. The phone has outstanding camera for daylight although quality delayed in insufficient lightening. The processor which smoothly performs multitasking and battery that at least gives 24-36 hours battery backup. Currently main disadvantage of this device is that it looks really expensive as compare to many devices having equal or even better features in lower price.

Price-  21900 INR
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  1. "sensors: gyroscope - yes""cons: no gyroscope"... So euhm... Does it have one, or not??

  2. Does it heat a lot I'm afraid to use over heating phones as I had htc 820 it used to heat a lot and at the end its motherboard stopped working

    1. Dear Manjunath Gowda, This phone doesn't have heating issue like hTC 820 but it heats up while charging,i think it is not an issue for most of the people.