Samsung Galaxy A5 was just released in Nepal together with the Galaxy A3. This is the middle model of A series. By that we mean it is in between the Galaxy A7 2015 and A3. It is and one of the best mid-range phone of Samsung till this date. The new Aluminium structure and premium design are jewelry for well balanced internal hardware. There are molded edges and the device comes packed with a lot of features and power. Let us see what is inside the beautiful Samsung Galaxy A5.Hardware Specifications: Samsung is using the Snapdragon 410 processor everywhere. We are finding this on many phones. It seems that SD 410 is their go-to choice for mid range mobile phones. The chip has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and the onboard storage is 16 GB. The is enough for us and most people in our view. Also, it supports a maximum of 64 GB micro SD card. The Nepali market Galaxy A5 comes with a free 32 GB memory card which is a really good deal. In this phone, we are also getting 2GB of RAM. Therefore this can run new apps and games well.
Display and Camera
The screen is 5 inches Super AMOLED panel. The screen resolution is HD at 720X1280 which gives great sharpness, vibrant colors, and crisp images. The battery size is 2300 mAh and it is good for the phone’s size. The rear camera is a 13 MP from SONY sensor with f/2.0 aperture that can take pictures at 4128×3096. The front side camera is 5 Megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The front-facing camera also supports FHD video recording like the primary camera. There are modes like 120-degree wide angle Selfie, palm selfie, night mode, continuous shots and more in front camera.
Additional Features and Power
The Galaxy A5 comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat installed and Android 5.0 Lollipop is already in development. It will be coming soon. The phone is powerful in terms of hardware and the screen is also big. Multi-tasking with this big 5” screen is also very enjoyable.
The cameras have modes like Animated GIF, Beauty face, Palm Selfie, voice-controlled camera, etc. S-Voice is Samsung’s own voice assistant which can be fun to use sometimes. There is a LTE model in the international market but its availability is limited to selected countries.
It has a Hybrid Dual SIM model just like other A and E series phones. For us, we need more storage to put or video files. We use this as our camera to make YouTube videos. So we are using 32 GB Transcend memory card and one 3G SIM card. In addition, both SIM can runs on 3G network by the way. In our test, we found good signal reception and data connection.
Impressions and Wrap Up
The new A5 has a very good set of hardware. It has 2 GB RAM which is enough memory at this time. Similarly, it also provides a safe path for the future. The processor is Snapdragon 410 which is a good quad-core chip and can go all mid-level work and gaming. Battery size is also perfect for the 5″ screen. We loke the bright and sharp display. AMOLED screens are really amazing and even a 720p panel looks brilliant. The 1080p screen of bigger A7 Duos looks even more amazing.
For us, the major attractions are metallic build and the appropriate size of the screen with battery. The screen also has Gorilla Glass 4 which is found in mainly flagship phones. This is a device when ic very fun to use. It is fast, smooth, responsive and the camera is also fantastic. We use its camera for recording our YouTube videos. You can see the differences in our newer videos. It gives great depth of field and detail. For the cost, the official price of the Galaxy A5 in Nepal is Rs 38900 ($380). Assessing everything, we can recommend this phone to anyone for the price and quality is delivers.