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Samsung Galaxy A5

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A5
Samsung Galaxy A5 (Galaxy Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 306, Core: 450 MHz
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, Super AMOLED, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 11.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: microSDXC max. 64GB, Sensors: motion sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, ANT+
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS quad-band (850/900/1900/2100), LTE hexa-band (800/850/900/1800/2100/2600)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.7 x 139.3 x 69.7 ( = 0.26 x 5.48 x 2.74 in)
Battery
9 Wh Lithium-Ion, non-removable
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 13.0MP, AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/30fps (rear); 5.0MP (front)
Additional features
Speakers: rear-sided speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, headset, S Voice, Flipboard, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
123 g ( = 4.34 oz / 0.27 pounds), Power Supply: 58 g ( = 2.05 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
400 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 80.38% - good
Average of 29 scores (from 39 reviews)
price: 68%, performance: 69%, features: 60%, display: 79% mobility: 71%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: 88%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A5

87% Samsung Galaxy A5 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Who knew? Samsung stuck to polycarbonate, removable batteries and a slightly fancy design for years... and then it launches the Galaxy A lineup and takes a U-turn. We will see whether there are more surprises by examining the 5-inch Galaxy A5 model.
70% Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos Review: Sturdy and Light but Too Expensive
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
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 (Review | Pictures) or the Xiaomi Mi 4 (Review | Pictures), 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.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/25/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 60% display: 70% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
70% Samsung Galaxy A5 review: a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy S6, but there are better deals if you look at last year's flagship
Source: PC Advisor English
The A5 is a stylish, thin and lightweight phone with good cameras. However, its processor isn't particularly powerful and also happens to be found in the Moto E which costs only £109. The Moto E is also a 4G phone and if you're not fussed about its slightly smaller, lower resolution screen and mediocre cameras is a much better value choice.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/21/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 50% features: 70% workmanship: 90%
80% Mid-range marvel: Samsung’s Galaxy A5 reviewed
Source: Gadgetguy English
Samsung sure manages to surprise us every so often, and while we’ve loved seeing what its engineers can do in regards to a flagship product, it’s this year’s mid-range marvel that is impressing us greatly, taking technology from the past year, a design that meshes two of Samsung’s products, and making something that could possibly be Samsung’s best value phone altogether.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
80% Samsung Galaxy A5 review
Source: Gadget Show English
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a slick and stylish phone that copes with your typical day-to-day life and looks good doing it too. The only caveat is its price: £349 is a lot of money, especially as there are cheaper options available that sport better specs. Still, if design and quality tops your agenda, it's well worth a look.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Hardware Secrets English
The Galaxy A5 is a slim smartphone from Samsung, with a five-inch HD (1280 x 720) touchscreen, Android 4.4 operating system, and powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU. The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a great mid-range smartphone with an excellent slim design and good cameras. Altough its cost/benefit ratio is not as good as the ASUS ZenFone it delivers a better and more compact design, and better cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/31/2015
80% Samsung Galaxy A5 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The A5 is in a tough position – its quality metal construction, performance and features are up there with the best of the mid-range class. But it’s also priced at the top end of that spectrum, encouraging comparisons with slightly dated but still highly capable top of the range phones such as the LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100%
90% Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Marvellous exterior, mid-range interior
Source: Pocket Lint English
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. 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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Samsung Galaxy A5 review - hands on
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Galaxy A5 is a beautiful-looking handset, but it's somewhat disappointing performance will no doubt drag it down compared to its more sprightly brothers. Its bigger battery may give it an advantage over the smaller Galaxy A3, but we'll have to wait and see how it fares once we get our hands on a full review sample. It may be more attractive, but for now, it looks as though the Galaxy A5 is very much the awkward middle child of Samsung's new A series.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/03/2015
90% Samsung Galaxy A5 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
Samsung's Galaxy A5 already has us excited about the upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship, further proving that the Korean giant can produce a smartphone with gorgeous and solid design and resist from cramming it full of pointless features. It's a shame that the likes of the fingerprint scanner are missing in action, but for a respectable price you get a slick and dependable smartphone that's great for everyday action.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Hands on: Samsung Galaxy A5 review
Source: Techradar English
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a fine phone for the mid range market – albeit a bit underpowered, coming with a CPU that's only marginally better than that found in most Android Wear smartwatches. The design is definitely a step forward and, along with the 13MP camera, will probably be what tempts customers looking for a new handset when browsing the shelves of the local phone seller.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/13/2015
70% Samsung Galaxy A5 Review
Source: Techspot English
The Galaxy A5 uses one of the nicest designs I’ve ever seen in a Samsung smartphone. It’s thin, light and well built, using a premium selection of materials that looks clean and fantastic from most angles. Place the A5 next to a Galaxy S5 and the cheaper handset far outshines the more expensive, which goes to show how far Samsung’s designs have come in a short period of time.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/11/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
100% Samsung Galaxy A5 and A5 Duos review: Five star
Source: GSM Arena English
Samsung did well with the Galaxy A5, which should surprise no one who have already seen the Alpha - or the Galaxy A3 for that matter. The phone is built to flagship standards. It has great aesthetics and Samsung have picked the materials to match the purpose. Throw in a 720p Super AMOLED, a 13MP camera and the potent software package with Multi window and other perks here and there, and you have a phone that's more than adequately equipped to rule the midrange.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
Samsung Galaxy A5 Review
Source: Under KG English
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/28/2015
85% Samsung Galaxy A5 Review
Source: Android Authority English
As expected the Samsung Galaxy A5 does not disappoint and is a great mid-range offering from the company. While it looks the same as the last few generations, the change in the build material from plastic to metal finally allows for the premium feel in the hand that many have been waiting for.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%

Foreign Reviews

70% Handzahme Schönheit statt Edel-Elite
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 83% performance: 78% features: 52% display: 87% mobility: 63%
88% Motorola Nexus 6 (32 GB)
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 7/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 88%
88% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 7/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 88%
78% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 78%
90% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Android Welt - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: SFT - Heft 6/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
89% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 89%
64% Edles Mittelklassen-Smartphone
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/30/2015
Rating: Total score: 64% features: 50% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
Samsungs (not so heavy) Metal
Source: Turn On German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2015
Samsung Galaxy A5 im Test und Vergleich mit dem Galaxy A3
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/09/2015
Samsung Galaxy A5 & A3
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 03/04/2015
Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: c't - Heft 06/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2015
Die Südkoreaner können's also auch mit Metall
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/23/2015
Metall und Mittelklasse
Source: Futurezone.at German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/18/2015
85% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Computerbild - Heft 4/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%
91% Das erste Samsung Smartphone mit Unibody-Gehäuse aus Metall
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 95%
64% Bye-bye Polycarbonat - hello Metall
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 64% features: 50% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
Samsungs (not so heavy) Metal
Source: Turn On German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/01/2015
80% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Connect - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
81% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Telecom Handel - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 67%
80% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: e-media - Heft 4/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Android Pit - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Samsung Galaxy A5
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 1/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
71% Recenzja Samsung Galaxy A5 2015: Drużyna A
Source: Teleguru Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 71% performance: 80% display: 60% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70%

Comment

Model: The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a stylish smartphone with premium materials and powerful hardware. Design is kept fairly similar to most of Samsung's current smartphones with the standard physical home button centered between the menu and back touch sensitive keys. The entire chassis is slightly rounded and the back cover has the faux-leather texturing. The rear panel contains a camera, a heart rate monitor, an UV sensor and a speaker.

The build quality is particularly good this time with the Samsung Galaxy A5 sporting a tougher screen plus a water and dust-resistant exterior. The Android 4.4.4 KitKat device comes with a 5 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with 294 ppi pixel density and covered with a protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4. On-board is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Cortex-A53 quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz.

This coupled with 2 GB RAM and an Adreno 306 GPU ensures that the Samsung Galaxy A5 runs smooth like butter. Users can up the storage with a microSD up to 64 GB. There is a 13 MP autofocus, LED flash rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing secondary shooter. Image capture quality is good with vivid colors. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, A-GPS and NFC for the LTE variant. Battery life is good with a non-removable Li-Ion cell rated at 2300 mAh powering the Samsung Galaxy A5 up to 15 hours.

Qualcomm Adreno 306: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 410 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders. These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
410 MSM8916: 64-Bit Cortex-A53 Quad-Core with an Adreno 306 GPU manufactured in 28nm» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.123 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.

In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.


80.38%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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Stefan Hinum, 2015-02- 5 (Update: 2015-02- 5)