Samsung Galaxy A5 LTE Smartphone Review

For years, Samsung smartphones were praised for their performance, but criticized for its cheap-looking plastic images. With the Galaxy Alpha aluframe, the South Koreans dared then the first step towards higher quality design. Now Samsung brings something new: The Samsung Galaxy A5 features a full metal unibody.

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Features and characteristics of Samsung Galaxy A5
Manufacturer & Name Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A5000, SM-A5009, SM-A5100, SM-A5108)
Important performance data:
CPU (Core Cycle) 1.2GHz quad-core (4 cores)
CPU name Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
random access memory 2 GB
internal memory 16GB (via micro SD card to 64GB expandable)
operating system Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Display size; resolution 5 inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi)
Kamera (Back und Front) 13 MP rear / 5 MP front
Data Transfer:
LTE standards TD-LTE/FDD frequencies B1/3/7/38/39/40/41
Support of LTE-Advanced No
Support LTE following categories CAT4
Dominated VoLTE No
W-LAN Yes, 802.11a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz
Bluetooth Yes, Version 4.0
other standards GPRS; EDGE; UMTS; HSPA; HSPA+
Other key data:
particularities Metal casing; Miracast & WiFi Direct; Voice and gesture control
Memory Card | SIM format Micro-SD | Nano-SIM
battery pack 2300 mAh (non-replaceable)
Weight; Dimensions (HxWxD) 123 g / 139,3 x 69,7 x 6,7 mm
download manual ” Here download manual (PDF, 5.78 MB)
Release in Deutschland November 2014
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Technical Features

The aluminum body makes the Galaxy A5 not only chic, but also stable; yet it is only 123 grams very light. The frame around the 5-inch screen is pleasant narrow, so that, overall, a high-quality impression. However, the screen dissolves with 720 x 1,280 pixels on what at this size is below average pixel density of 294 ppi.


If in terms of sharpness on closer inspection, the display shows some weaknesses. The colors of the Galaxy A5 are not to complain thanks to Super AMOLED technology. These can be software-automatic optimizations adjusted so as to adjust color, sharpness and brightness of the surroundings or the screen content.

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LTE Cat4 with 150 Mbit/s


For connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy A5 provides good, but not maximum performance. An LTE module category 4 allows with the appropriate tariff (with Nano SIM) download speeds up to 150 Mbit/s. However, just like the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy A5 does not support the LTE Cat6.


Even the WLAN, you have to take with 802.11a/b/g/n to be content, WLAN ac is not supported. For the Galaxy A5, WiFi Direct and Miracast are dominated for connection to other devices. Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are also on board, DLNA is not supported. The Galaxy A5 incidentally also communicates with Samsung wearables like the SmartWatch Gear, the headset Gear Circle and Fitness bracelet Gear Fit.

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Selfie camera and expandable memory


In addition to the main camera, which dissolves with 13 megapixels, Samsung has designed the front camera mainly for Selfie Friends. It provides self-portraits with up to 5 MP and can also be triggered with a voice command or a hand gesture for simplicity. For group selfies, there is a wide-angle mode. These features can be operated via Samsung’s camera app to do usual some settings, allow easy produce beautiful photos – if you bring some patience.


The operating system is the version of Android KitKat 4.4.4 installed, covered by Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, which now acts tidier than before. The processor in the A5 is a Snapdragon 410 from Qualcomm. The four cores of the middle-class processor clocked at 1.2 GHz each. There are 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal. Unlike Apple or HTC, it can accommodate a Micro SD card slot in the metal body of the Samsung Galaxy A5, so that the memory can be expanded via card up to 64 GB.

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Battery not replaceable


The A5 battery is with capacity of 2,300 mAh. Samsung promises up to 8 hours of Internet use in the LTE network and 11 hours in WLAN. With an “ultra-energy-saving mode”, it endure longer working time for the smartphone. However, there is disadvantage against many other Galaxy models: The battery is, probably because of the aluminum Unibody, not replaceable.

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 is available in the colors black, white, silver and gold. It’s available now at If you prefer a smaller screen in Samsung’s A-series, you can check the sister model Galaxy A3 with 4.5-inch display and slightly slimmed equipment with cheaper price.



Samsung’s first “Full Metal Smartphone” Galaxy A5 belongs the level of equipment in the middle class. Its aluminum body and good workmanship, combined with the low weight make, from the Samsung Galaxy A5 a good device for users who expect not technically high-end values. The price is acceptable, even if the competition from China manufacturer, the Galaxy A5 is still a good smartphone with budget price.


Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 (2016) Compared

To meet the demand for the middle class smartphones, Samsung offers a new version of its Galaxy A series a few weeks ago. However, most of users may not know what’s difference between the two Samsung devices, and whether the Galaxy A5 worth for the additional cost, today we will show this comparison.

Samsung Galaxy A5 VS A3

The Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 differs only the size. The design and materials are identical in both devices, the frame is made of metal and the front and rear glass, which is down slightly rounded at the sides. Both units are perfectly finished and make a very high-quality impression. Overall, the Galaxy A3 2016 is due to the smaller size but a bit better in the hand than the Galaxy A5 2016. The smaller unit is also better for single-handed operation.

Samsung Galaxy A5 VS A3 SIZE

Both smartphones are available in four colors, including black, white, gold and pink. The color is applied to both the back and on the front. Especially with the black version, fingerprints shows very well.

Display and Camera

Both smartphones feature a Super AMOLED display, which is very bright and very angle-stable. The display of the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 is 4.7 inches and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the display of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 is 5.2 inches t, and dissolves with 1920 x 1080 pixels. Both displays are good, but that of the Galaxy A5 is in direct comparison better because the higher resolution is quite visible on closer inspection. In daily use, the Galaxy A3 offers sufficiently high resolution for all applications without direct comparison. At the Galaxy A5 2016, there is a practical LED notification above the display, which can display, for example, new SMS or WhatsApp messages. Unfortunately, this LED is missing in the A3 2016.

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The back camera of the A series both devices is 13 megapixels, the quality is really good on both devices. Especially with macro shots surprisingly beautiful pictures are possible. The Galaxy A5 2016 provides a whole but the slightly better camera, as it is with F1.9 aperture light-sensitive than the A3 and also has an optical image stabilizer, which is to prevent blurred images. Videos are possible for both devices with full HD and the front camera for selfies solves both devices made with 5 megapixels.

Samsung Galaxy A3 VS A5 Screen

Performance and operating system

Both the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 comes with the Android operating system in version 5.1 Lollipop. Whether an update appear on Android 6, is still unclear. The operation is fluid and fast on both devices, a total often but the A5 respond slightly faster to inputs than the A3, possibly due to better hardware. So the Galaxy A5 has built a Octacore processor, while the A3 is delivered only with a quad-core processor. Also, the memory of the A5 is with 2GB slightly larger than the A3, which has only 1.5GB.

Samsung Galaxy A5 VS A3 Camera

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 offers excellent radio properties, thanks to LTE Cat6, speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s downstream and up to 50 Mbit/s upload speeds over the wireless network possible. The Galaxy A3 2016 has “only” LTE Cat4 with up to 150 MBit/s. Even with WLAN, the Galaxy A5 has the edge: it supports dual-band WLAN with the latest 802.11ac standard, the A3 contrast, only WLAN 802.11n 2.4 GHz.

Samsung Galaxy A5 VS A3 thickness

Conclusion: Galaxy A3 or A5?

Which of the two Samsung Galaxy A 2016 smartphone should you buy now, the A3 or A5? The A5 is more expensive and provides the better specification in almost every way. The processor is faster, the memory increases, the camera better and Wi-Fi and LTE are significantly more current. The Galaxy A3 is in smaller dimensions and offers an enough specification for common use. If you want a budget smartphone, Galaxy A3 may be a good one, but if you want better experience and can accept high price, Galaxy A5 may be better.