Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

price Rs. 21,900 onwards | launch Feb, 2016
magic score ?
<50
poor value for money
our verdict: avoid
ranked
#22
of 34 phones in Rs. 20,000 - 25,000

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 6 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • Exquisite, ambitious design with stylish colors
  • The attention to detail comes across - the finely polished glass surfaces are non-slippery in the hand, yet don't get too messy
  • the metal frame is thoughtfully shaped, so it doesn't create any discomfort for the user
  • and the physical keys have the perfect amount of click response
  • Manages to be both aesthetically pleasing and convenient to work with - which is a rare combination
  • Good display with nice brightness flexibility - outdoors, it can get bright enough to let you view it comfortably, while in the dark, brightness can get extremely low, so as not to hurt your eyes
  • Good, fast cameras
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Bundled Fast Adaptive Charger allows for quick charging

What We Didn't

  • The Touchwiz UI lets the phone down - it has a lot of bugs, and random instabilities, that tend to dampen the Android experience
  • Iffy fingerprint sensor
  • Underwhelming speed/performance in this price range
  • No notification LED

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Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 5.1, Upgradeable to 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.2 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • RGB Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.6 GHz, Octa Core
RAM2 GB
Memory
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2900 mAh
Battery Talktime (3G)16.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Internet Usage Time (3G): Up to 14 hrs
  • Internet Usage Time (LTE): Up to 14 hrs
  • Internet Usage Time (WiFi): Up to 16 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: Up to 14 hrs
  • Audio Playback Time: Up to 75 hrs
Dimensions
Weight153 gm
Thickness7.3 mm
Camera
Camera13.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch Focus
  • Face Detection
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • Full HD Video Recording
  • F/1.9 Aperture
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Supports Fast Battery Charging
  • Samsung Pay
  • S-Voice
  • WiFi Direct
  • WiFi Dual Band
  • ANT+ Support
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average brand rating
3.08/5
(Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for all phones launched by this brand in recent times
brand perception
Very Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys