The Galaxy A series is taking over the international mid-range market. Samsung Nepal also launched its A-Series phones to offer to its customers. The company has just launched Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 together in Nepal. A5 is the middle model of the A-series. By that we mean it is in between the Galaxy A7 and A3 in all aspects. Samsung Galaxy A5 has a metal unibody design, mid-range hardware, and balance of power. The phone offers a lot to people who want a premium-looking design with solid performance. So, let us have a brief look at this new phone.
The A5 is also from the A-series and it has all the features that the series stands for. There is the new Aluminium unibody construction, premium design, and well-balanced internal hardware. Samsung Galaxy A5 is a phone that offers solid design and premium features that have trickled down from the flagship smartphones. Samsung is slowly bringing powerful features to the mid-range phones as well. So now let’s briefly see what features and hardware we get in the Galaxy A5.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Specifications and Overview
- Display: 5 Inches Super AMOLED Screen
- Resolution: 720×1280
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (Quad-Core)
- CPU Details: 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: Adreno 306
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Storage: 16 GB eMMC 4.5 In-Built, 64 GB memory card support
- Battery: 2300 mAh Lithium-Ion
- Back Camera: 13 Megapixels with f/2.0 Aperture
- Front Camera: 5 Megapixels with f/2.2 Aperture
- OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat (TouchWiz)
- Connectivity and Sensors: micro USB 2.0, Accelerometer, Proximity
Design and Build
Samsung Galaxy A5 has an Aluminium unibody construction with Gorilla Glass 4 on the front side. The phone has a dimension of 39.3 x 69.7 mm and a thickness of 6.7 mm. This is thinner than the Galaxy A3 but not as thin as the Galaxy A7. All of these phones have similar designs but they differ in size. The A5 has a metallic finish with chamfered edges and rounded corners. The front side of the phone has an earpiece, selfie camera, sensors, screen, home button, and navigation buttons. Similarly, the backside of the smartphone has a camera, speaker, and LED flash. On the left side, there is the volume rocker and on the right side, there is a power button, Hybrid Dual SIM/SD card slot. The bottom side has a 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB port.
Samsung is using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor everywhere. We can find this chip on many of their phones. It seems that Snapdragon 410 is their go-to choice for mid-range mobile phones. Samsung Galaxy A5 also uses the Snapdragon 410 SoC. The chip has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and it is paired with 2 GB RAM on this phone. The 2GB RAM or memory is a sweet spot for value and performance. This can help run new apps and games well without lag and issues. The internal storage of Galaxy A5 is 16 GB and it is enough for most people in our view. Also, there is support for a maximum of 64 GB micro SD card. In the Nepali market, Samsung is giving a free 32 GB memory card inside the Galaxy A5 box which is a really good deal. The phone is packing a 2300 mAh battery which is quite good for a phone of this size. This battery can easily power the phone for an entire day with normal usage.
The Galaxy A5 comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat installed and the Android 5.0 Lollipop is already in development. Samsung will soon roll out the Android OTA update for A5 soon. In terms of hardware, the phone is powerful and offers quite good performance.
Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A5 Android 5.0.2 Update Guide
A5 comes in two variants in the international market. One is 3G and the next is the 4G LTE model with NFC. The LTE model is in the international market but its availability is limited to selected countries. For example, India has the 4G model but Nepal only has the 3G model.
Display and Camera
The screen of the Galaxy A5 is 5 inches Super AMOLED panel. The display has an HD resolution of 720×1280 which gives great sharpness, vibrant colors, and crisp images. This OLED screen is of appropriate size and can offer amazing HD content viewing, browsing, and gaming experience. The screen is also protected by Gorilla Glass 4 which gives it protection from drops and scratches. On the front side, there is a selfie camera with 5 Megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It can shoot FHD videos at 1080p 30 fps. The camera app for the front camera also has modes such as 120-degree wide-angle selfie, palm selfie, night mode, and continuous shots.
The backside of the Samsung Galaxy A5 has the main camera with a 13 MP Sony sensor and f/2.0 aperture. This rear camera can take pictures at a maximum resolution of 4128×3096 and videos at a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. There are shooting modes such as sports, Rear-cam selfie, Panorama, HDR (Rich Tone), Night, Animated Gif, Continuous shot, Shot & more that help to provide better results according to the situation. The camera app also has modes like Animated GIF, Beauty face, Palm Selfie, voice-controlled camera, etc. We also use its camera for recording our YouTube videos. You can see the differences in our newer videos compared to old videos made using Galaxy Core Prime. It gives great depth of field and detail.
Impressions and Conclusion
The new Samsung Galaxy A5 has a very good set of hardware and a beautiful design. It has 2 GB RAM which is plenty of memory at this time. Similarly, this amount of memory also provides a safe path for the future. The processor is Snapdragon 410 which is a good quad-core chip and can do all mid-level work and gaming. Battery size is also perfect for the 5″ AMOLED screen. The screen is bright, sharp, and protected with Gorilla Glass. AMOLED screens are really amazing and moreover, the 720p panel looks brilliant.
Galaxy A5 is one of the best mid-range phones of Samsung to this date. For us, the major attractions are metallic build and the appropriate size of the screen with a good battery. The screen also has Gorilla Glass 4 protection which is mainly found in flagship phones. This is a device that is very fun to use. It is fast, smooth, responsive and the camera results are also fantastic. For the cost, the official Samsung Galaxy A5 price in Nepal is Rs 38,900 ($380). Assessing everything, we recommend this phone to anyone at this price point. However, if you want the same level of performance and features at a lesser price, Galaxy E7 is certainly the best choice.