After numerous rumors and leaks, the South Korean tech giant finally unleashed the much awaited Galaxy A5 and A3 smartphones. The silver lining is that these smartphones in the new A series boast of a full metal unibody build and slim design. Such impressive designing has made these smartphones the thinnest ones launched by Samsung so long. Let’s take a look at the other aspects of the Samsung Galaxy A5 in this quick review.

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Camera and Internal Storage

Samsung has included impressive imaging capabilities in the Galaxy A5 with the incorporation of a 13 MP primary snapper that is teamed up with auto focus, LED flash and FHD 1080p video recording functionality. In addition to these aspects at the rear, the handset boasts of a 5 MP front-facing selfie camera that can assist in making video calls and in clicking gorgeous looking self portrait shots. It comes with the latest camera app loaded with features such as Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, Rear Cam Selfie and Beauty Face as in the Galaxy Note 4. Though these imaging aspects are not premium, they are capable of rendering decent output.

The internal storage capacity is 16 GB and for those who feel it is not sufficient, there is an expandable micro SD card slot onboard that supports up to 64 GB additional storage.

Processor and Battery

The processor used in the Samsung’s metal clad smartphone is quad-core chipset ticking at 1.2 GHz clock speed. This chipset is aided by 2 GB of RAM that should be capable of handling the multi-tasking capabilities effortlessly. Though the chipset used is not known, the Galaxy A5 is expected to render acceptable performance that is crucial for smartphones as they are used for almost tasks these days.

Battery capacity is 2,300 mAh that sounds average, but Samsung has incorporated the Ultra Power Saving Mode feature that will boost the backup provided by the battery. After advocating advantages of removable batteries for years, this is the first time Samsung is opting for a non removable battery.

Display and Features

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is fitted with a 5 inch Super AMOLED display that packs a HD screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels. This display is similar to the one used in the Samsung Galaxy Alpha as well and it should be delivering good color reproduction. Also, the AMOLED screens contribute to the thinness of the smartphone and save considerable amount of battery life.

Based on Android 4.4 KitKat, the Galaxy A5 has connectivity features such as 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS/GLONASS. The handset comes with features such as Private Mode, Multi-Screen and adjustable audio that adapts to the user’s surrounding environment to render sound output accordingly. The device is available in a slew of color variants such as Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold.

Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy A5 could be a tough challenger to the Moto G 2014, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, HTC Desire 820q and others.

Key Specs

Model Samsung Galaxy A5
Display 5 inch, HD
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB, Expandable up to 64 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 13 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2,300 mAh
Price Rs 25,500

What we Like

  • Metallic unibody build and slim design

Conclusion

The Galaxy A5 is packed with mid-range specifications that make the device on par with its competitors. There are few offerings that arrive with FHD display and other such advanced aspects that are missed by this latest Samsung offering. However,, a metallic build is a great welcome as the vendor has usually been employing polycarbonate casing all its smartphones. While there are not any major issues with the Galaxy A5, we need to wait for Samsung to announce its pricing and only when it is reasonable, the device would be able to lure the consumers.

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