As its name indicates, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is the 2016 refresh of the Galaxy A5 that was launched back in November 2014. It is targeted at young and trendy users with its chic design. The phone comes with a slightly bigger Super AMOLED display and is equipped for more convincing performance.
Design and Display
The Galaxy A5 (2016) shares some design cues with the flagship Galaxy S6 Edge, which means it looks more premium than its predecessor. It flaunts a solid metal construction. The phone is protected on both front and back by sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It has similar rounded edges as the high-end Edge smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) sports a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display having a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels for superb viewing. It has very thin bezels. Content viewing should be pure bliss on this device.
In the terms of image capturing, the new smartphone comes fitted with a robust 13-megapixel sensor on the rear. The shooter has a wide f/1.9 aperture and boasts optical image stabilisation (OIS) feature. Expect this unit to serve up some awesome images. Turn the Galaxy A5 (2016) around and you are confronted with a 5-megapixel camera having an f/1.9 aperture size like the rear snapper. This selfie taker promises great shots, even in poorly-lit areas.
Hardware and Software
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is not a flagship smartphone so it is unrealistic to expect it to deliver flagship performance like that of the Galaxy S6 Edge. The similarity between the two ends with the looks. Under the hood, this upper midrange smartphone features an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 SoC. The CPU has its speed clocked at 1.6 GHz and is helped on by decent 2 GB of RAM. Onboard storage capacity is 16 GB, with this being expandable by up to 128 GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. The Galaxy A5 (2016) boots Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin laid on top.
The phone has a fingerprint sensor integrated into its Home button, just as you find it on higher-end offerings from its Korean maker. That is an extra layer of protection for your sensitive information. Juice is supplied by a 2,900mAh battery with fast charging support and an Ultra Power Saving mode. The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) features 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG, NFC and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
Pricing and Availability
It is not clear whether the Galaxy A5 (2016) is currently available in Nigeria. In India, it retails around a price equivalent to about N85,000-N110,000. You may be forgiven to think better deals can be had at that price these days.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) at a Glance
– Metal and glass body
– 5.2″ Full HD Super AMOLED display
– 13MP OIS rear and 5MP front cameras
– 1.6GHz, octa-core processor
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB onboard storage; 128GB expandable
– Android 5.1 Lollipop
– 2,900mAh battery
– 4G LTE
– Dual SIM
– Fingerprint scanner