Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) in the test: good smartphone in the Price case – Hardware Tests

The Galaxy S6 there will be no mini version more this year. Instead, the refurbished A series fills the gap. After we have the "small" Samsung Galaxy A3 taken a closer look (here's the test), now follows the test for the "big" A smartphone Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016). That makes many things right, unfortunately it is just another Samsung smartphone in the success path.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Price and Availability

With a price around 425 euros (20 January 2016) the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy A5 is no surprise than that of the "little brother" Samsung Galaxy A3, which costs around 300 euros. Looking at the features and size, then, the price of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) about comparable smartphones like the Honor 7 (introductory price: 349 Euros) but almost on a par with the Nexus 5X (offers, it was the release between 479 EUR and 529 EUR). The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is neither overly expensive nor a Preiskracher.

But above all, cost the Samsung Galaxy S6 with 32GB now only about 450 euros. This top smartphone that is superior to the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) in many areas, so costs only minimally more. It is precisely this minimum difference could impact very negatively on the sales success of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) still unless producers and distributors react rapidly with decreasing A5 prices.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Design and workmanship

When designing the two new A models hardly differ from each other. As the Galaxy A3 (2016) is also the Galaxy A5 (2016) high quality and shines with a send metal frame, which is very similar to the Galaxy S6. In fact, the resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy S6 is omnipresent. If you look at only the front and rear view of, you might think that this is the Galaxy A5 to a Galaxy S6. Only if we look closely, one notices that the glass is provided with a 2.5D edge when A5. So that the transition from glass to metal frame is almost seamless.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A5 2016 9No, this is not the Galaxy S6, but the Galaxy A5 (2016)! / © AndroidPIT

In several days of practice test and "wear test" the Samsung Galaxy A5 hit (2016) very good. Neither slipped the 155-gram and 5.2-inch smartphone from his hand, nor the rounded edges of felt unfamiliar. Scratches on the metal frame as in the test of the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) also did not occur. is indestructible, the Galaxy A5 (2016) despite Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back not, who does not throw the phone through the area, will be spared well before large and small scratches in the future.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A5 2016 4Schicker transition from glass to metal frames. / © AndroidPIT

The aluminum buttons on the side for standby and volume also feel very good, they can be also relatively well with a hand reach and operate. A lightweight "embracing" even users are not totally well with large hands. but a two-handed use as a phablet is definitely not necessary.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A5 2016 8The buttons on the Galaxy A5 (2016) can be easily reached. Only users with small hands the smartphone'll have to use both hands. / © AndroidPIT

In short, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is very good in the hand and the phone just feels quality to. The camera also sticks out, is indeed a well-known nuisance, so you can live however. It is not really disturbing

In terms of colors, the Galaxy A5 (2016) are currently available in the colors black, gold and white.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A5 2016 2It just looks good and feels very good. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Display

When display the Samsung Galaxy A5 can (2016) points times really. The 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, which (1920 x 1080 pixels) dissolves in full HD, presents the colors really nice rich and deep. The same applies to the contrast range.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A5 2016 3One of the big pluses of the Galaxy A5 (2016): the display. / © AndroidPIT

Although the attractive appearance is particularly Android games benefit, but also "normal" apps can be more than impressive. Texts can also simply easier to read as the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) thanks to the high Kontrastas.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Software

Less is more! True to this motto, Samsung has significantly purifies its software offering and the number of pre-installed apps reduced. Good, because at the beginning you will find a large and all-only apps that have real value. With this the usual suspects from Google, including Maps, YouTube and Google Drive, as well as a good selection of apps from Microsoft are. Thus, I need you as Excel, Word or Skype not download separately.

From the factory that sold in Germany Model (SM-A510F) with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Build LMY47X) is shipped. As with the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) is the software interface TouchWiz ready, grows out of the house Launcher, the known acoustic signals from Samsung and a theme enigne of variabelen designs.

A5 softwareTo a variety of pre-installed apps was waived to happiness. / © AndroidPIT

The Touchwiz interface is a matter of taste, without question, there is an advantage compared to the stock Android template but that it is very easy and individually to adapt.

A quick word on the special features: This does not exist unfortunately. A "killer feature" or a function that has otherwise offer no other current smartphone, you unfortunately in vain. After all, the Galaxy A5 (2016) with a fingerprint sensor is equipped (on the home button).

Touchwizz A5Teach you everything exactly as you need it. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Performance

The processor of the Galaxy A5 (2016) is an old acquaintance, because he is installed as early as the tablet Galaxy View and Galaxy Tab S2. It is 1.6GHz clocked octa-core processor Exynos 7580th The Galaxy A5 processor still receives support from a 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded as it did in the A3 via microSD card , A microSD slot has the Samsung Galaxy S6 is not the way.

Really impressive specifications are not and in the Performance test, the Galaxy A5 (2016) could not also profile. In the benchmarks of our test track, the Galaxy A5 (2015) landed mostly in midfield

When AnTuTu benchmark (v6.0.1), the Galaxy A5 (2016) was able to achieve a total score of 40 931, thus, it is almost equal to the number of points of the Nexus 5X and slightly behind the value of Honor 7 (around 45,000 points). From the competition can be so do not stand out and the current top smartphones it does not come close.

But - and this is probably the decisive factor - when browsing and calling apps, as well as rapid changes no annoying delays or slow-downs we noticed. Graphically elaborate games ran smoothly across the screen.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Audio

To say it right away: a "sound-revelation" is not offered on the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016). The mono speaker on the bottom of the smartphone is indeed very neat, with ups and downs in various songs (especially in classical music) but he has significant problems. Slightly better is the sound when listening to him the user via headphones.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A5 2016 6The mono speaker is not for the sound fetishists / © AndroidPIT

is provided as in the A5 (2016) which is also a headset which has a button for accepting / hang up, Play / Pause, and a volume rocker. Also present is a software equalizer that your calls on the music app and the Sound Alive equalizer that can be found in settings in the Audio options (sound quality and effects). Here you can improve the sound experience for headphones through the options SoundAlive + and tube amplifiers.

Music A5With these settings, the headphone sound can be optimized. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Camera

The camera of the Galaxy A5 (2016) is almost identical with that of the Galaxy A3. Thus, the main camera also solves with 13 Megapixel 4: 3 or 10 megapixels in 16: 9 aspect ratio, and also has a F1.9 aperture. The front camera reaches 5 megapixels with a F1.9 aperture. In contrast to the A3 A5 but still has an optical image stabilizer, which blurred images can be avoided.

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20160115 101726If the light is bad, even the pictures are bad. / © AndroidPIT

Because as I said the same components are installed, the pictures that shoots the user with the Galaxy A5 (2016), not very good are. Especially in rather dark interiors no good snapshots are snapped. Only in bright light manage neat photos and selfies. For photography enthusiasts the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) not suitable due to the weak camera.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Battery

The battery of the Galaxy A5 (2016) has been raised to 600 mAh over its predecessor at 2,900 mAh. In order for the Galaxy A5 got even donated a larger battery than the Galaxy S6 (2,550 mAh). Sounds like a small battery-miracle and that is the Samsung Galaxy S5 (2016) too! Moreover, the battery is fully charged, thanks to the fast-charging feature after just under an hour.

battery A5Charging smartphone? There was some games! / © AndroidPIT

This is already very good, pleasing is that the smartphone similar to the A3 (2016) must return to the power source only after about two days. And even with constant use. In tests, it was so intense surfing the Internet, several apps were called, viewed over an hour videos and games Asphalt 8: Airborne and played Xenowerk. Integrated Enegiesparmechanismen also ensures that you can decide which apps to run in standby worry. This saves sometimes much battery time.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): Technical Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
144.8 x 71 x 7.3 mm
155 g
2900 mAh
5.2 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
5 megapixels
13 megapixels
5.1 - Lollipop
2 GB
16 GB
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1

final verdict

The strengths and weaknesses keep the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) about the scale. Plus points collects the A5 with its really attractive display that ascends crisp sharp colors and contrasts. Also excellent is the battery life. Even with intensive use, the smartphone must be back after nearly two days to the power source. And then yes is still quite the appealing design of Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and the microSD slot, the Galaxy S6 has not.

Where there is light, but also shade. Above all, the camera performance is very disappointing and although the performance is not as weak as the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016), but here would be to have more to it. Another negative point is the price.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 (for testing) is certainly not a perfect smartphone, so there's no microSD slot. The weaknesses of the A5, especially in terms of performance and camera, but does not have the flagship smartphone from last year. And that is the sticking point, because to date (January 20, 2016) is the Galaxy S6 only about 30 euros more expensive than the Galaxy A5 (2016). Probably quite a few customers will fall due to the still very low price difference rather than to S6 to A5 (2016). If the price of the A5 (2016) is not still decline sharply in the coming weeks.

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