Samsung Galaxy On5 – Hands-on

Samsung has announced new Galaxy On series smartphones in the ₹10,000 budget segment. We recently got these two devices, Samsung Galaxy On5, and Samsung Galaxy On7 both witnessed this Diwali season 2015 and it resembles somewhat the Galaxy J series design. Keeping the Galaxy On7 aside, here’s the hands-on review of Samsung Galaxy On5.


Samsung Galaxy On5 specifications:

  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 5.0-inch TFT display
  • 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor
  • Mali-T720 GPU
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage, 128 GB expandable using MicroSD
  • 8 MP back camera
  • 5 MP front facing camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual SIM support (GSM)
  • 2600 mAh battery
  • 149 grams weight
  • 72.1 mm x 142.3 mm x 8.5 mm dimensions

The smartphone is made out of plastic materials yet exhibits good build quality. The Galaxy On5 can be used single handed as it’s a 5-inch phone, but it weighs 149 grams which seem on the heavier side. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (228 ppi). It is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz Exynos 3475 processor with 1.5 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The storage can be further expanded up to 128 GB using MicroSD.


The back cover is removable so as the battery featuring a 2600 mAh capacity. Having an awful Samsung Logo, the back looks unusual and bit old age though the cover used is a fake leather texture made from plastic. The good part is the back doesn’t prone to fingerprints. There is an 8 MP camera with LED flash and a speaker just beside the camera.


The front comprises a 5 MP camera that takes wide-angle shots. There are a couple of sensors on the front apart from the front camera. The capacitive touch buttons below do not light up as well as vibrate.



The right power button and the left volume rocker buttons feel refined, but gaps make it look weak. You need to apply pressure to the volume buttons.


The top part doesn’t hold anything while the bottom comprises a microphone, USB port, and 3.5 mm audio jack.


The Galaxy On5 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and we have no information when exactly Samsung is going to release its marshmallow updates. The performance was fair at the first usage and we’re looking forward to play with the device for a longer period for checking the performance of the apps and the games. As the quad-core and 1.5 GB RAM is sufficient for a budget device, the user interface appears to be pretty heavy and the system still takes a half amount of the RAM without downloading any apps from playstore.


We don’t know why Samsung has released a new Galaxy On series despite having Galaxy J series, but the fact is Samsung seems to be targeting its smartphones under ₹10,000 price range since there are a lot of smartphones in the same budget.

With that being said, the price of Samsung Galaxy On5 is ₹8,990. It is available in two different colors, Black, and Gold. As we’ve got the device for a short amount of time, we would love to show you a full review of the Samsung Galaxy On5 after few days. Till then, share your thoughts about this new Galaxy On series.