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Samsung Galaxy A5

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
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The Samsung Galaxy A5 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 20 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Fone Arena

Samsung has improved the display, build quality, battery life and also added a fingerprint sensor that was not present in the first A5. It should have opted for a better processor instead of the old Exynos chip when most phones that are cheaper have a better processor. It still runs on Android 5.1 (...

- Srivatsan Sridhar, Fone Arena
GSMArena

With the 2016 edition, the Galaxy A returns to the finer things in life. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) in particular actually looks and feels like a slightly better Galaxy S6 thanks to its fine metal frame and sculpted glass faces. We think the price of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) has to come down (...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Mobile Choice

The Galaxy A5 has taken on the beautiful build quality that we first saw in the Galaxy Alpha and brought it to a very affordable price point. There are a few hits and misses- the camera could have been better, we would have loved to have Lollipop as opposed to Kitkat and a more robust processor woul...

- Sunetra Chakravarti, Mobile Choice
NDTV

The Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos was launched early this year, but is still selling for around Rs. 22,000. Frankly, this is a little too steep by any standard. You can get significantly more powerful phones for the same price or less like the OnePlus One or the Xiaomi Mi 4, and similarly specced phones li...

- Ershad Kaleebullah, NDTV
Tech Advisor

When put next to the Galaxy S5, it's hard to find reasons to buy the A5 instead. It's not a bad phone, but the S5 is simply better value now that it has dropped in price.

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor


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Samsung released the Galaxy A5 on November 25, 2014.


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Samsung backs up the Galaxy A5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5"

The Samsung Galaxy A5's screen size is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 900 minutes, 660 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy A5 Specs

Overview
Release date November 25, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.65 W/kg
Body: 0.48 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 720 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 660 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.9 x 7 x 0.7 cm (5.5 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 123 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-A500

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

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Critic Reviews


Fone Arena

Brilliant display, solid build quality, good battery life

from Fone Arena

Samsung has improved the display, build quality, battery life and also added a fingerprint sensor that was not present in the first A5. It should have opted for a better processor instead of the old Exynos chip when most phones that are cheaper have a better processor. It still runs on Android 5....More

Samsung has improved the display, build quality, battery life and also added a fingerprint sensor that was not present in the first A5. It should have opted for a better processor instead of the old Exynos chip when most phones that are cheaper have a better processor. It still runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop), and Samsung doesn’t have any details when it will roll out Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) update for the phone.

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GSMArena

The display is good quality despite the drop in resolution

With the 2016 edition, the Galaxy A returns to the finer things in life. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) in particular actually looks and feels like a slightly better Galaxy S6 thanks to its fine metal frame and sculpted glass faces. We think the price of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) has to come dow...More

With the 2016 edition, the Galaxy A returns to the finer things in life. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) in particular actually looks and feels like a slightly better Galaxy S6 thanks to its fine metal frame and sculpted glass faces. We think the price of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) has to come down (and it will) before we can talk about buying the phone. It's a fine phone, but only a bigger price difference with the Galaxy S6 can make it a worthwhile choice.

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Mobile Choice

Good sizzle, little substance

from Mobile Choice

The Galaxy A5 has taken on the beautiful build quality that we first saw in the Galaxy Alpha and brought it to a very affordable price point. There are a few hits and misses- the camera could have been better, we would have loved to have Lollipop as opposed to Kitkat and a more robust processor would have been fab too.

Read full review

The Galaxy A5 has taken on the beautiful build quality that we first saw in the Galaxy Alpha and brought it to a very affordable price point. There are a few hits and misses- the camera could have been better, we would have loved to have Lollipop as opposed to Kitkat and a more robust processor would have been fab too.

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NDTV

Sturdy and Light but Too Expensive

from NDTV

The Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos was launched early this year, but is still selling for around Rs. 22,000. Frankly, this is a little too steep by any standard. You can get significantly more powerful phones for the same price or less like the OnePlus One or the Xiaomi Mi 4, and similarly specced phones...More

The Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos was launched early this year, but is still selling for around Rs. 22,000. Frankly, this is a little too steep by any standard. You can get significantly more powerful phones for the same price or less like the OnePlus One or the Xiaomi Mi 4, and similarly specced phones like the Lenovo A6000 Plus and Yu Yureka are available for a fraction of the cost. We are not saying that the Galaxy A5 Duos is a bad phone. In fact, it is well-rounded and does everything well. It only needs to be a lot more realistic and a lot less expensive.

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Tech Advisor

A cheaper alternative to the Galaxy S6

from Tech Advisor

When put next to the Galaxy S5, it's hard to find reasons to buy the A5 instead. It's not a bad phone, but the S5 is simply better value now that it has dropped in price.

Read full review

When put next to the Galaxy S5, it's hard to find reasons to buy the A5 instead. It's not a bad phone, but the S5 is simply better value now that it has dropped in price.

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The Guardian

A mid-range smartphone with high-end looks and feel

from The Guardian

The Galaxy A5 is a solid, perfectly usable and attractive mid-range smartphone, which is unusual for Samsung, which has a habit of making its lower-priced smartphones frustrating to use.

It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of current flagship smartphones, but is thin, light and has enough processing power to get most jobs done without issue. It looks and feels like a premium smartphone, which most mid-range handsets do not....

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The Galaxy A5 is a solid, perfectly usable and attractive mid-range smartphone, which is unusual for Samsung, which has a habit of making its lower-priced smartphones frustrating to use.

It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of current flagship smartphones, but is thin, light and has enough processing power to get most jobs done without issue. It looks and feels like a premium smartphone, which most mid-range handsets do not.

The A5’s biggest problem is its lower-priced competition, including the Motorola Moto G, which has similar specifications and a smoother software experience while costing over £100 less.

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Pocket-lint

Marvelous exterior, mid-range interior

from Pocket-lint

As a nod to where Samsung is heading with design, the Galaxy A5 is a great example of quality. Indeed, we'd rather have one in the pocket than the flagship Galaxy S5 - but that's just about to be replaced with the S6 come April, which fuses the best of both design and power worlds together.

If you're looking for a slender, attractive phone that has the main necessary feature set on board then the Galaxy A5 does a grand job. Although the particularly savvy will shop around, and with the likes of the more capable Sony Xperia Z3 Compact now available around a similar price point that might work against Samsung's favour....

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As a nod to where Samsung is heading with design, the Galaxy A5 is a great example of quality. Indeed, we'd rather have one in the pocket than the flagship Galaxy S5 - but that's just about to be replaced with the S6 come April, which fuses the best of both design and power worlds together.

If you're looking for a slender, attractive phone that has the main necessary feature set on board then the Galaxy A5 does a grand job. Although the particularly savvy will shop around, and with the likes of the more capable Sony Xperia Z3 Compact now available around a similar price point that might work against Samsung's favour.

After three days with the Galaxy A5 our criticisms are few and far between: we'd like Android Lollipop on board for a more slick overall user experience, the battery life could be even better yet, and the camera is befitting of the mid-range price point rather than being exceptional - but that's to be expected.

It's the marvellous exterior where the Galaxy A5 really wins points, acting as a hint of things to come from future Samsung phones. As a lesser powerful Android alternative to the Apple iPhone 6 this handset will turn heads, without costing a fortune to buy in the first place.

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Digital Versus

Overall screen quality, excellent responsiveness

from Digital Versus

What's happened, Samsung? The brand's rushed and rather desperate attempt to claw back its monopoly of the mobile market by clumsily producing a series of duplicates has spawned a Galaxy A—a series which has struggled to garner interest, while its competitors teem with better-equipped produ...More

What's happened, Samsung? The brand's rushed and rather desperate attempt to claw back its monopoly of the mobile market by clumsily producing a series of duplicates has spawned a Galaxy A—a series which has struggled to garner interest, while its competitors teem with better-equipped products at more appealing prices. Sure, the A5 isn't all that bad—it has a good Amoled screen, a rather elegant design and solid responsiveness—but, considering Samsung's current ranges, the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy S5 Mini serve more or less the same purpose. The A5 takes the middle ground and, as such, isn't a particularly thrilling product. Having said that, it symbolises the first stage in the brand's new strategy and a return, we hope, to a more common-sense approach.

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Notebookcheck

Plain, elegant design

from Notebookcheck

The Galaxy A5 is not exactly cheap, but the buyer gets a round total package. The stylish, slim and very rigid casing sets standards in the mid-range, the camera configuration is generous, and the input devices are pleasingly accurate. Besides that, it sports a superb screen, useful battery runtimes, and the user does not have to worry about increased casing temperatures...

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The Galaxy A5 is not exactly cheap, but the buyer gets a round total package. The stylish, slim and very rigid casing sets standards in the mid-range, the camera configuration is generous, and the input devices are pleasingly accurate. Besides that, it sports a superb screen, useful battery runtimes, and the user does not have to worry about increased casing temperatures.

However, there are still some wishes open: A Full HD would have rounded off the image on the screen, a swifter SoC would have justified the price more, and Samsung could improve the quality of both the microphone and speaker.

he buyer overall gets a high-priced but also high-quality mid-range smartphone with Samsung's Galaxy A5, though. 

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Geek Squad

Premium build quality and performance

from Geek Squad

It’s not unfair to say that Samsung’s phones have looked a bit uninspiring of late. Whilst the phones always performed well you wouldn’t look at a Samsung phone and think “Wow, I really like the look of that!” They’d settled into the role of the dull, safe option – a bit like Volvo. The problem is that consumers can be fickle, a lot of us are more easily swayed by shiny looking things than spec sheets...

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It’s not unfair to say that Samsung’s phones have looked a bit uninspiring of late. Whilst the phones always performed well you wouldn’t look at a Samsung phone and think “Wow, I really like the look of that!” They’d settled into the role of the dull, safe option – a bit like Volvo. The problem is that consumers can be fickle, a lot of us are more easily swayed by shiny looking things than spec sheets.

The Galaxy A5 is the perfect response to that trend, especially as a mid-range handset. It looks and feels great, and for its price delivers on the performance front too. The build quality is faultless and everything about the A5 feels refined. It’s feels odd to be saying those things about a Samsung phone but they really have nailed it with the A5.

It is a little pricey for the hardware that’s inside, but you can’t have things both ways. Samsung have given us what we asked for, a premium-build handset, and better materials cost more.

The A5 does also seem to be one of the more targeted phones Samsung have made. We’ve mentioned the Huawei comparison earlier and it does seem that Samsung are looking to take back some lost ground. There’s a wide range of colours and it’s fair to say that the soft pastel shades are more likely to be popular with women than men. There’s also the generous front-facing camera which means it’s great for social sharing and is certainly good-looking enough for the young, trendy Instagram crowd. As a market it’s the same area that the Huawei Ascend P7 is targeting and that’s possibly not by chance. Huawei are still a bit of an unknown quantity in the UK consumers and it will be interesting to see how consumers respond to a slim, fashionable phone with the familiar Samsung name.

The A5 is guaranteed to catch your eye which is possibly a first for a Samsung phone, and that’s arguably its greatest achievement. 

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User Reviews


Galaxy A5 Is The Right Choice

Samsung Galaxy A5 loaded with full features as compare to others. It comes with 5.2-inch Super AMOLED full HD screen with vibrant colors. Picture quality is excellent, as it has 13-megapixel (MP) front and a 5MP rear camera. In galaxy A5 there no heating and lagging problem. I will recommend this phone to everyone.
Samsung Galaxy A5 loaded with full features as compare to others. It comes with 5.2-inch Super AMOLED full HD screen with vibrant colors. Picture quality is excellent, as it has 13-megapixel (MP) front and a 5MP rear camera. In galaxy A5 there no heating and lagging problem. I will recommend this phone to everyone. Less
This phone is a masterpiece to say the least. I wouldnt describe its feature as others already did. I havnt had any issues with this phone till now. No heating, no lagging, its sleek,slim, smooth touch. Awesome features. Stylish designs. Something I am constantly recommending my friends n colleagues at work
This phone is a masterpiece to say the least. I wouldnt describe its feature as others already did. I havnt had any issues with this phone till now. No heating, no lagging, its sleek,slim, smooth touch. Awesome features. Stylish designs. Something I am constantly recommending my friends n colleagues at work Less
You wont get any other fully featured phone in this price range and trust me I have searched many over past few weeks cause i had to buy a new one. The fact that Samsung's way ahead other mobile company in providing features at a relatively cheaper price makes it a best bet. It is fully loaded with all...More
You wont get any other fully featured phone in this price range and trust me I have searched many over past few weeks cause i had to buy a new one. The fact that Samsung's way ahead other mobile company in providing features at a relatively cheaper price makes it a best bet. It is fully loaded with all the features one expect in a smartphone. Go ahead, grab this one. Less
If you are looking for a dual sim smartphone of a reliable brand then you must buy Samsung Galaxy A8. It will certainly impress you because it is solely manufactured by keeping in mind the use & requirements of the modern day users. Thus it clearly stands outs on the requirements of performance, price...More
If you are looking for a dual sim smartphone of a reliable brand then you must buy Samsung Galaxy A8. It will certainly impress you because it is solely manufactured by keeping in mind the use & requirements of the modern day users. Thus it clearly stands outs on the requirements of performance, price and style. If you are a lover of sleek handsets then you will definitely love it. Its ultra-slim full metal body gives it a stylish & classy look. The handset has 5.7 inches and a 1080 x 1920 pixel display which provides crisp images and the best visuals on the screen. Less

Sleek and Sturdy Phone with amazing specs.

Samsung has tried something new with the new galaxy a3,a5 and a7. It's is much different in design with it's other predecessors. The galaxy s series has a plastic body where as the A5 is full metal body with sleek curves. The phone is brilliantly built and does looks sexy. It gives a tough competition...More
Samsung has tried something new with the new galaxy a3,a5 and a7. It's is much different in design with it's other predecessors. The galaxy s series has a plastic body where as the A5 is full metal body with sleek curves. The phone is brilliantly built and does looks sexy. It gives a tough competition to other phones in the same segment. With Super AMOLED screen, the pictures are very clear and vivid and the 294 ppi pixel density provied a sharper display. The screen is impressive. The sound is however low on volume but Samsung hasn't compromised with the quality of the sound. The doesn't lags and doesn't hangs. Heating or overheating is not a problem in Galaxy A5, as 2GB RAM and Quad-core 1.2 GHz handles everything smoothly. The Camera is very much impressive. Both the front and the rear camera provides an extremely good quality of picture. The picture clarity provided by the camera is amazing. But there is a problem with galaxy a5, the capacitive touch buttons do not respond sometimes. They do lag in response while operating Whatsapp or any other app. This doesn't happens on a regular basis. But yeah, that disturbs me when I pay such an amount for such a phone.Samsung should definitely provide an update for the touch buttons to work properly. Since the problem is with the software and not the hardware. Overall if you leave the aspect of the touch buttons, this phone is worth buying and it is very far from it's competitors in the same segment(mid range). One cannot get a better phone at this price, and with such looks. Less

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