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Reviewed on 2016-03-11
Samsung launched the second generation of its Galaxy A5 smartphone, dubbed the Galaxy A5 (2016) in India, early this year. The device comes with a number of improvements over its predecessor, but is it really worth buying? Is it a value for money device?I...
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Reviewed on 2016-03-09
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is one of the newest mid-range smartphone that came out at the end of January in Malaysia , and also the middle child between the Galaxy A3 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) . Currently available for RM1599, this Samsung smartphone...
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Reviewed on 2016-03-05
Brilliant Display, Solid build quality, Good battery life, Good cameraPriced on the higher side, Runs on Android Lollipop, No notification LED, Slippery to hold
Samsung launched the Galaxy A5 (2016) , after more than a year of launching its first Galaxy A5 smartphone in its ‘A series' in India. On paper, specifications of the new A5 smartphone are way better than its predecessor. Even the new A5 is priced at Rs...
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Reviewed on 2016-03-03
Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy A5 and A7 devices at the Samsung Forum. The mid-range devices come with updated specifications and features including OIS and a fingerprint sensor. The 5.2-inch A5 is priced at Rs 29,400 while the 5.5-in...
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Reviewed on 2016-02-25
Samsung has released the second generation of Galaxy A series smartphones in India debuting the Galaxy A5 (2016) as well as the Galaxy A7 (2016). With a new revamped design, Samsung is gaining a good spot in their looks. We just got our hands on the revie...
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Reviewed on 2016-02-24
Samsung stole the show at MWC 2016 with its VR-laden, Zuckerberg-wielding press conference announcing the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. But those handsets are hardly the sort of thing your everyday man on the street is going to be buying. Instead, it's...
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Reviewed on 2016-02-04
Samsung, at its Southwest Asia Forum 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, announced details of its new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 edition smartphones for the Indian market. The handsets were first unveiled last year in China, though the company had not disclosed anyth...
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Reviewed on 2016-02-01
The A-Team is back and we start with the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016). It pairs a premium build with premium features, a true S6 lookalike.The Galaxy A models for 2016 are Samsung's answer to the trend started by Chinese OEMs of making premium feeling midrang...
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Reviewed on 2016-01-30
When I found out that the new Galaxy A 2016 series from Samsung was going to borrow design cues from their Galaxy S flagship lineup, I was definitely intrigued. With the Galaxy S6 , the South Korean electronics company showed that they could do “premium”...
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Reviewed on 2015-06-29
Super thin design at only 6.3mm, Screen is very good for the market this phone is aimed at, Battery life is outstanding, not just for the capacity of battery, stand alone outstanding, Sound quality is very good for ringtones and musicSound (ie. ringtones) could be louder, Slim and lightweight design makes the phone feel fragile, Volume rocker is in a bad position for right handed users, I keep turning the in call volume down, The camera is capable, but not outstanding and Samsung can...
Samsung generally make great hardware, and the tens of millions of devices sold suggest that it's well liked generally by many customers. In recent history Samsung have had one or two flagships available for the top end users who want the best on offer ri...
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Reviewed on 2015-06-02
Under £300, Beautiful build quality, Expandable storage, 4G connectivityRuns Android KitKat, small battery, Still has old TouchWiz, Underpowered Processor, Shaky camera output in lowlight conditions
Ever since Samsung's Galaxy S5 didn't set consumers aflutter with excitement, the consumer electronics giant was on a soul searching mission. Their phones talked the talk but by popular consent, they didnt look walk the walk- aka the design element didnt...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-25
Good design, Great cameras, LightweightExpensive, Battery life could have been better
As an answer to its detractors who complained that Samsung only made cheap plastic phones, the Korean tech major released the Galaxy Alpha last year. The unibody Alpha was made of metal and was an undoubtedly premium-looking phone.Samsung didn't stop at t...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-21
The A5 is the latest model in Samsung's Alpha range and is a smart looking mid-priced phone . It comes in black, silver, gold and white. The 5 refers to the screen size - five inches - and it weighs a feather-like 123g. Updated on 21/5/15 with our video r...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-18
While it's always nice to have the newest, most fashionable gadgets, not everybody has the sort of expendable income to be able to afford them. While the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge might be the finest phone to come out of Samsung in years, it comes with a par...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-11
In one leap it moved Samsung alongside HTC and Apple in both style and build. The Alpha was essentially a prototype but it has now spawned the Galaxy A series. Excluding multi-SIM variants, there are currently three models in the range: the 4.5-inch A3, ...
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Reviewed on 2015-05-09
Stylish and sturdy build, Full suite of connectivity options, Plenty of selfphotography optionsCan't replace battery, Price, Dualsim disables the microSD slot
Samsung has provided their fair share of smart mobile devices across the various price ranges, and the new Samsung GALAXY A5 aims to provide their trademark quality within the midrange threshold. Let's see how it holds up during our tests.As you take this...
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Reviewed on 2015-04-30
The A5 is the latest model in Samsung's Alpha range and is a smart looking mid-priced phone . It comes in black, silver, gold and white. The 5 refers to the screen size - five inches - and it weighs a feather-like 123g. See also: 23 best new phones you sh...
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Reviewed on 2015-04-23
Feels great in the hands, Features metal in its design, and even supports upgradeable memory, Mostly decent performance all round, Takes nanoSIM, Excellent battery life, Decent assortment of cameras for a midrange phoneBattery isn't removable, Slowdowns can be seen, particularly when you're trying to see a photo you've taken, Arrives with Android 4.4 “KitKat”, not the latest “Lollipop”
Flagship smartphones are often the ones checked out by reviewers, but companies still make mid-range options, and the Galaxy A5 might be Samsung's best take on that middle ground yet.Samsung doesn't only make flagship phones, and if you head to any phone ...
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Reviewed on 2015-04-09
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is part of the South Korean handset maker's full-metal step forward, delivering a slick handset in a firm chassis that doesn't feel flimsy. For £349, the Galaxy A5 is a 5.2-inch mid-range blower that measures up at just 6.9mm. Is it ...
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Reviewed on 2015-04-07
The smartphone market is an very Darwinian place. What was considered market leading only a year ago can quickly become pedestrian as the market evolves at a breakneck pace.Take Samsung's Galaxy S5. On paper it ticked all the right boxes, yet only a year...
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Processor frequency

1.2 GHz

Processor cores



Display diagonal

12.7 cm (5")

Display resolution

1280 x 720 pixels

Orientation sensor
Display type


Display number of colours

16.78 million colours

Touch technology


Touch screen type


Ports & interfaces

USB port
USB connector type


USB version


Headphone connectivity

3.5 mm

Weight & dimensions


123 g


6.97 cm


6.7 mm


13.9 cm


SIM card capability

Single SIM

SIM card type


2G standards


3G standards


4G standards


Wi-Fi standards

802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth version


Bluetooth profiles


2G bands (primary SIM)

850,900,1800,1900 MHz

3G bands supported

850,900,1900,2100 MHz

4G bands supported

800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 MHz

Wi-Fi Direct
Near Field Communication (NFC)


Internal storage capacity

16 GB

Internal RAM

2048 MB

Internal ROM

16 MB

Compatible memory cards

MicroSD (TransFlash)

Maximum memory card size

64 GB


GPS (satellite)
Wi-Fi positioning


Operating system installed



Rear camera resolution (numeric)

13 MP

Auto focus
Built-in flash
Front camera
Front camera resolution (numeric)

5 MP

Video recording
Video recording modes

480p, 720p, 1080p

Maximum frame rate

30 fps

Flash type


Video capture resolution (max)

1920 x 1080 pixels


Battery capacity

2300 mAh

Talk time (3G)

15 h

Browsing time (Wi-Fi)

11 h

Browsing time (3G)

8 h

Browsing time (4G)

8 h

Continuous audio playback time

68 h

Continuous video playback time

12 h


Form factor


Colour of product



Video call
Flight mode