Earlier this month at the Samsung Forum 2016, Samsung announced the Galaxy A5 2016 along with the Galaxy A7 2016. Both these devices will be available in India starting today. The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 is priced at INR 29,400 and here we have the unboxing and gaming benchmark along with a quick review about for the device.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Full Specifications

Key SpecsSamsung Galaxy A5 2016
Display5.2-inch, AMOLED
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor Octa-Core processor
ChipsetExynos Octa 7580
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 2900 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCYes
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight155 gms
Price INR 29,400

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Coverage

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Unboxing

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 comes in a blue rectangular box, with the Galaxy A5 branding on the top, showcasing the phone’s front and back on the box. On the back of the box, you’ll find the basic specifications of the device along with some other information about the device. On the edges of the box, you find the IMEI number stickers and the pricing of the device.

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After opening the box, we are greeted with the phone itself sitting on the top. Underneath the phone, you’ll find the accessories compartment with the Quick Start Guide and the other literature.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Box Contents

Diving into the contents of the box, you’ll find the fast adaptive charger, along with a microUSB cable and a pair of headphones. Other than this, you’ll also find a sim ejector tool. Apart from the mentioned accessories, you don’t find anything inside the box at all.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Unboxing, Review, Features, Camera [Video]

Physical Overview

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 comes with a sturdy build quality, featuring Corning Gorilla Glass on the front as well as the back. On the front of the phone, you’ll find the 5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display and just below the display, you’ll find the traditional Samsung home button, with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. Above the display, you’ll find the usual sensors along with the earpiece and a 5-megapixel camera for those selfies.

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On the back of the phone, you’ll find the 13-megapixel primary camera with the LED flash that accompanies it. The back is pretty clean other than the camera. The back also features a Corning Gorilla Glass for better protection.

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 (13)Coming on to the edges of the phone, on the top of the phone, you’ll find an SIM card tray, that supports a nano SIM card and just along that you’ll find the secondary microphone for noise cancellation.

On the right side of the device, you’ll find the power button along with another SIM card tray. This second SIM card tray allows you to enter one more SIM card into your phone, along with a microSD card.

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On the left side of the phone, you’ll find the volume rockers only. The volume rockers and the power button are made out of metal and have a good click to them.

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On the bottom of the phone, you’ll find the I/O for the device, which comprises of the 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port for charging and data sync to the device.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Photo Gallery

Gaming Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 is powered by the Exynos Octa 7580, which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.60GHz and is accompanied by 2GB of RAM. On the storage side, the Galaxy A5 2016 comes with 16GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

For testing the gaming performance of the device, I played Dead Trigger 2 and Modern Combat 5 on the phone with full brightness and full volume on the speakers. Here are the battery drop and the temperature increase for both these games.

GamePlaying DurationBattery Drop (%)Initial Temperature (In Celsius)Final Temperature (In Celsius)
Modern Combat 520 minutes11%29.6 degree35.3 degree
Asphalt 830 minutes14%28.2 degree36.8 degree

While playing Dead Trigger 2, I did not notice any major heating issues, but when playing Modern Combat 5, the phone did heat up a bit, especially the edges of the phone. The edges were really hot and it wasn’t possible to hold the phone via the edges.

Camera Overview

The primary camera on the Galaxy A5 2016 is a 13-megapixel camera, accompanied by an LED Flash. The secondary camera on the device is a 5-megapixel shooter. The pictures taken with the Galaxy A5 2016 look really sharp and the contrast is good overall. We will be bringing you the dedicated camera review for this device, but as for the quick overview, here are some camera samples taken with the primary camera of the device.

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Camera Samples

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Performance and Benchmark Scores

The Galaxy A5 2016 is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor and is accompanied by 2GB of RAM. This should allow the phone to perform better in the benchmarks that we throw at it. Below are the scores that this device gained when tested using Antutu Benchmark, Geekbench 3, Quadrant Standard and Nenamark.

Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
AnTuTu (64-bit)41559
Quadrant Standard 23939
Geekbench3Single-Core- 674
Multi-Core- 3525
Nenamark59.5 fps

Galaxy A5 2016 Benchmarks

Verdict

While using the phone for a short period of time, the phone did perform really great and I did not notice any lags while using the phone or even while gaming on the phone with the games that I played on that. The camera of the device is also really good for the shots that we used it for. The only thing that could let down this phone is the price at which it is offered. The phone is available for INR 29,400, which seems a high price for this device.