• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 5-inch HD
  • Processor: Exynos Octa 7580
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.1.1
  • Camera: 13MP (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Dimensions: 139.3mm x 69.7mm x 6.7mm
  • Weight: 123g
  • Pros:
  • Simple design
  • All-round decent performance
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 7,805 points
  • Icestorm Extreme: 4,953 points
  • PC Mark Work: 4,102 points
  • Antutu: 40,374 points

Blasting Off At The Speed Of Light

While the hype for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge rages on, we should sometimes take a step back and take notice of the ones that don’t get as much attention. Although Samsung has their flagship smartphones in the market we shouldn’t forget about their other options for the less financially developed. The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a fine example of a great phone for those with a slightly higher budget, coming in with a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display. The screen has great colours and is quite reflective under direct light, but does a great drop displaying text and images. It’s powered by Samsung’s very own Exynos Octa 7580 clocked at 1.6GHz and 2GB of RAM. With these specifications it’s easy to tell that the smartphone will work well for everyday use. Day to day testing of surfing the web, watching videos online, and just regular messing around with the menus confirmed that the Galaxy A5 performs smoothly.

The Galaxy A5 is not lacking in the camera department with a 13MP rear camera which takes pictures decently. There’s also a 5MP front camera for your selfie or wefie loving self, and the Galaxy A5 comes with a 16GB built-in storage which should keep plenty of pictures which you take when alone or on the road. If that isn’t enough don’t worry as the phone is able to expand its storage using a microSD card. Taking into account the benchmarks and some basic games, we conclude that the Galaxy A5 is great for casual games like Fruit Ninja, or Tap Titans but might be less ideal for more demanding games.

On the topic of games, the Galaxy A5 has a pretty good battery life that keeps up with our heavy usage. Only limited by its natural capacity of 2,300mAh, the Galaxy A5 holds up all day easily on regular usage, but when your too deep into slicing those fruits it’s best to carry a power bank about. But if performance was all it takes, manufacturers would just make bulky power packing mobile devices. Instead we get a device like the Galaxy A5, small, simple and feels great in the hand, a testimony to the fact that mobile devices can perform well even in a small package.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Samsung Galaxy A5 is priced reasonably and fits into a nice price range. While it’s simple and modern design will definitely capture the eyes of the more minimalistic consumers, and why shouldn’t it when it looks great.

(previously published in issue May 2016)

Samsung Galaxy A5