Samsung Galaxy A5, Shining Bright for the Masses

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The Samsung Galaxy A5, the 2016 version,nota bene, is a high-end Android running smartphone, combining an outstanding built with premium features, in good Korean tradition!

Actually, detractors may say that it looks very much so like a Galaxy S6, but that’s just an illusion! I mean, it looks absolutely identical in this writer’s view,however, that’s not a bad thing. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and in this case, we’re talking about Samsung imitating…Samsung, so what we’re dealing with here is brand image/tradition or whatever you want to call it.

Next you may ask, why on Earth Samsung built an S6 look-alike? The answer my friends is blowing in the wind, and very simple: the Galaxy A5 is Samsung’s answer to Chinese OEM manufacturers, who developed a healthy habit of flooding the markets with premium looking and feeling Android devices.

Basically, if you don’t have enough money for a flagship like the Galaxy S6 or an iPhone, and you don’t want to buy a Chinese smartphone, Samsung offers you the A5, which plays in the “best bang for the buck” category.

If you want a quick comparison to the S6, to see what you’re really missing, here it comes: the Galaxy A5 comes with a lower res camera, it has a slower CPU/2GB of RAM instead of 3 GB and it has a screen with “only” HD resolution, instead of QHD (no biggie in my book).

However, the little brother, I mean the A5 comes with pleasant surprises, like a bigger battery (2900 mAh vs 2550 in the Galaxy S6) and, very important, a Micro SD expansion slot and an FM radio.

Can you believe it? A little league smartphone with more features than the flagship?

Yes ladies and gents, that’s called Korean marketing!

So, getting along with the review, the Samsung Galaxy A5 measures a very conservative 144.8 x 71 x 7.3mm and it weighs 155 grams.

These figures make it bigger and a tad heavier than the Galaxy S6, but then again, there’s nothing radical in here. What’s uber-cool about this smartphone is the premium built quality and a choice for high-end materials.

What I’m trying to tell you is that the Galaxy A5 is a real looker, as it features a chassis built from a metal/glass sandwich, just like the best in the business.

The front and the back panels are made using Gorilla Glass 4, with a slightly textured surface on the latter for better grip.

The display is made in Samsung’s best traditions and technologies, i.e. a Super AMOLED variety, the house’s specialty, with HD 1080p resolution and a width of 5.2 inches and 424 pixels per inch density.

As per display quality, this unit is absolutely spectacular, especially in terms of color reproduction and contrast.

Connectivity wise, the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes fully loaded. Under the hood, you’ll find basically anything, ranging from Dual Sim to LTE, Wi Fi and micro USB, along with Bluetooth, FM Radio, fast charging and what not

I already told you about the beefy 2900 mAh battery, which is bigger than in the S6,though non-user removable.

How about autonomy?

You can rest assured in this department too, as the Galaxy A5 will provide you with an impressive 91 hours endurance rating, which is outstanding in our modern day and age, for a smartphone at least!

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The A5 is powered by an eight core chipset which features Cortex A-53 CPUs, 2 GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU. As you can see, this baby is built around a Snapdragon 615 system on chip, but wait, there’s more! Samsung decided to provide an additional version, which runs on an Exynos 7580 SoC, the in-house system on chip kinda deal, also featuring an octa core CPU and a Mali T7220 graphics processing unit.

Basically, the performance is pretty great and I don’t expect to hear complaints about this baby, except for GPU intensive games.

A quick glance at the camera will show a very similar unit to the one on the Galaxy S6, and that means good news folks!

Even if it’s slightly downgraded, from 16 MP on the S6 to 13 MP on the A5, the sensor and the Optical Image Stabilization are basically the same as in the flagship, and that translates into excellent pictures and videos.

Okay, I must admit, the snapper on the S6 is better, both when it comes to 4k videos (the A5 doesn’t record 4k by the way, it was just a figure of speech) and still photos, however, the A5 does a great job in its category.

In conclusion, if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A5 comes as a no-brainer, being what I describe as a compact flagship with top notch built quality, at a very affordable price, and offering a flawless Android experience and outstanding autonomy.

 

 

 

 

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