Samsung has created a large catalog of mobile, compartmentalized in several ranges. If it is unnecessary to present the range “S” (and recent Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge) it is not the same for the “J” range (e.g. Samsung Galaxy J5) or “A” series.  The “A” series appeared in 2015.

Let’s check out the latest Samsung Galaxy A5 – 2016

Namely a mobile from a simple premise: do not rely solely on performance, but rather on the look and level of finish. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) could almost be considered an S6 journals specifications down and offered at a more affordable price.  It is obtained by a moving look at the high-end result, and a level of flawless finish.

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Aesthetic: premium look, flawless finish

This 2016 Galaxy A5 is clearly a mobile for which one can have a favorite.  The very type of mobile beautiful, elegant, and impeccable finish, which has the advantage also be extremely rewarding.

  • A mobile with consistent dimensions anyway, because of its 5.2 inches screen. So do not use the mobile in one hand, especially as its back glass is very slippery.
  • The finish, refinish for its part, is exemplary.
  • Double layer glass (front and rear), metal frame (frame + circumference), placed button as it should (and do not show any game and make no unpleasant rattling), etc.

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So many good points that confirm the strength of the “A” range is based on its successful design.

Note also that this mobile is available in several colors: black, gold (the version tested) and white.

  • Dimensions: 14.5 cm long x 7.1 cm wide x 0.7 cm thick
  • Weight: 155 grams.

Image and sound: super picture

Another good for A5 of this edition 2016, its screen. A great 5.2-inch screen, using technology house and so popular with aficionados of beautiful images: the Super AMOLED. Add to this that this screen in stunning contrast, also has a 1080p resolution.  And therefore offers a hyper-sharp image with a high density of 424 pixels per inch. Some may find the colors offered by this screen as saturated. But it also allows a good detachment of blue-green-red and an image more “punchy” and with a better dive.

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For sound, nothing particular to say. Except that the speaker allows you to enjoy clear sound (but that will not be more powerful though).

 

  • Display: 5.2 inches (Super AMOLED) with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), is, therefore, a 424ppp density.
  • Sound:5 jack and speaker on the bottom edge. Classic earpiece.

Performance: good but greedy resolution

If the range Galaxy “A” clearly put on its design, it does not forget either to provide good performance. However, if these are more than sufficient to operate absolutely all major 3D applications and games, there are not more powerful. And for once, it is very far from what may offer S6 or S7 newest; which reach performance 2 times higher than that of A5, 2016.

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But at the risk of repeating myself, it does not matter because this smartphone is out of all situations. So much so that, as we endow having a smooth picture on a mobile with a 1080p display requires a certain level of performance.  This A5 2016 can perfectly run big games with big graphics (and therefore resource-intensive). This is especially noticeable when one makes the Epic Citadel test in “high performance” mode and options that are a satisfactory score of 57.5 fps.

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And the same thing for the “ultra-high quality” mode with up to 30 fps.

  • Processor: 1.6GHz eight-core 64-bit
  • Memory: 2GB
  • GPU: Mali-T720.
  • Storage memory: 16GB of memory that turns into 10,8Go when first starting.

Connectivity

Samsung required connectivity is complete on a mobile in its class. It was, therefore, logically, a mobile 4G / 3G / 2G and quadband GSM. Added to this are the necessary connections on a smartphone: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (4.1), NFC, FM radio, micro USB port (2.0), 3.5 jack, micro SD slot (up to 128GB), sim card slot (“Nano” size). Another point: the 2016 A5 is equipped with a fingerprint sensor. Each footprint requiring rapid setup, which allows for example to unlock the phone.

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Operating system: TouchWiz on top

One of the strengths of Samsung over its competitors lies in its overlay, TouchWiz.  An overlay, therefore, which is placed on an Android 5.1 “Lollipop” extremely familiar for users and manufacturers (and for now, no information on a possible update Android 6.0 “Marshmallow”). A layer which, depending on the models of the manufacturer and their power is more or less complete.

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  • Operating System: Android 5.1.1 “Lollipop”
  • Overlay: TouchWiz.

Excellent photo quality

No need to dwell on the uses usually offered by smartphones “modern”, such as reading a text message, phone call, sending an email, etc.  Same for 3D games, where this phone is doing wonderfully. Regarding pictures sensors, note the fine opening sensors (back and front).

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The picture quality is simply excellent.

  • The back camera sensor has a fast and efficient autofocus and a short close (of the order of about 10cm) that can take beautiful macro pictures.
  • The front camera sensor is also effective, and also has an autofocus targeting the face of the subject you want to shoot (ah, selfie mode).

In terms of power consumption, we would have liked a more substantial battery. It almost seems normal to find batteries with more than 3,000 mAh.  Added to this is the mode of energy savings that will extend the autonomy of several hours, for example by agreeing to reduce mobile performance, screen brightness, etc.

  • Device back picture: 13MP (f / 1.9) with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash
  • Front camera: 5MP (f / 1.9)
  • Battery: Non-removable 2,900 mAh of. 1 hour video will consume 18-20% less energy. Quick charge function present.

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Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 is a good phone? Overall, yes! A mobile in sleek design and excellent finish.  A phone that also takes over a large number of features and at a reasonable price. The picture quality offered by its dorsal sensor is superb.  As well as its complete connectivity, and its fingerprint sensor, plus the overlay TouchWiz. It is a good taste!

Pros: look / finish, connectivity, acceptable performance, the overcoat, the excellent dorsal photo sensor.