Samsung has released the second generation of Galaxy A series smartphones in India debuting the Galaxy A5 (2016) as well as the Galaxy A7 (2016). With a new revamped design, Samsung is gaining a good spot in their looks. We just got our hands on the review unit and here’s our Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) hands-on images.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Specifications:
- Display: 5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Software: Android 5.1.1 with TouchWiz UI
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, At Home Button
- CPU: Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, Exynos 7580 Octa SoC
- GPU: Mali-T720
- Memory: 2 GB
- Storage: 16 GB internal storage (10.8 GB usable), Expandable up to 128 GB using MicroSD
- Main Camera: 13 MP f/1.9 autofocus
- Front Camera: 5 MP f/1.9
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5 GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth V4.1, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
- Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
- Network: Dual Nano-SIM slots, supports 4G LTE network
- S Pen: Not Supported
- Battery: 2900 mAh (non-removable)
- Dimensions: 144.8 mm x 71.0 mm x 7.3 mm
- Weight: 155 grams
- Color Variant: Black, Gold, White
The Samsung Galaxy A5 picks up a new design aesthetics that resembles from the flagship Galaxy S6. It looks is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6, the gorilla glass covered on both sides with a metallic frame on the sides. With such a tiny inch of difference in the display, it is slightly larger (5.2-inch) than the Galaxy S6 (5.1-inch). The smartphone is noticeably lightweight (155 grams) and 7.3 mm thin. When you hold it in the hands, it feels robust with its glass design. As it’s sized 5.2-inch, it’s easier to hold and use in one hand.
The back is not removable so as the battery due to its unibody design. The sleek design and glass finishing on the back looks a tad premium when you hold.
When you see it closely, the glass on the Galaxy A5 has curves on the edges just like we have seen in the OnePlus X. The rounded 2.5D edge is fused with the metal frame seamlessly. The backside holds a 13 MP camera with a f/1.9 aperture along with an LED flash.
The front has a 5 MP camera with f/1.9 aperture and a few sensors. Below you will find the fingerprint scanner right on top of the home button as you have seen in the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5. The touch navigation buttons are backlit which is useful in darker areas.
On top, there is one SIM slot supports one nano-SIM card. There are 2 microphones, one on top and another placed at the bottom. The bottom also has a Micro USB port, a speaker, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Moving to the sides, the smartphone has two different metallic volume keys on the left side that give a nice clicky feedback and while on the left there are SIM + Micro SD combo tray and a one power key of course.
So far it is like Samsung is doing quite well with their design part. What is more interesting is to find out if the camera and hardware performance is also improved like their flagships Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is priced at ₹29,400. We will find out more in the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Review. Till then, share us your thoughts about this new smartphone in the comments below.