Samsung Galaxy A5 and A5 Duos review


The Samsung Galaxy A5 is even sleeker than the Galaxy A3, in no small part because its bigger size makes it look even slimmer and more cutting edge. Otherwise, both offer a white-painted metal frame, a razor thin profile, and a pearl-like finish of the back cover. The Galaxy A5 however has a bigger, 5″ Super AMOLED display and a beefier 13MP camera to show for its higher price tag.




Key features

– Both Single SIM and Dual SIM models come LTE-equipped on many markets (Cat. 4 LTE 150/50Mbps)
– 5″ Super AMOLED of 1280 x 720px resolution, ~294ppi
– All-metal body with premium matte finish and low 123g weight
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit chipset, quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor, 2GB of RAM
– Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz, theme support
– 13MP camera capable of 1080p video recording, 5MP front-facing camera
– 16GB of built-in storage
– MicroSD card slot
– Optional Dual SIM version with a nanoSIM slot inside the microSD card slot
– Active noise cancellation via dedicated mic
– NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS, LTE
– 2,300mAh battery

Main disadvantages

– Snapdragon 410 is more befitting cheaper, lower midrange devices
– It’s comparatively pricey for the hardware features offered
– On the Dual-SIM version you can’t have both a secondary SIM and microSD card inside
– Battery is non-removable

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is more than just a precious toy. Hidden under the cold, precision-engineered exterior are quality internals. Imaging is dully covered by a 13MP camera, which made a solid impression just weeks ago at CES. Selfie fans will cheer the 5MP shooter on the front – that’s more than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has on tap.

The Snapdragon 410 chipset won’t offer revolutionary performance, but it has the future-proofing of the 64-bit architecture and it’s just waiting for app developers to catch up.

The display is ample in size, with good resolution and Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology known for superb contrast and vibrant colors.
Finally, there’s a 2,300mAh battery that should keep the A5 better covered than the Galaxy Alpha, which wouldn’t win any battery endurance competitions.

All of the aforementioned qualities add up to a very pleasing overall package. Sure, the Samsung Galaxy A5 commands a heavier price tag than the new 5″ Moto G (2014) but adds what Samsung feels is more than enough flair to justify the asking price.




February 2015
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