Galaxy A5 2018 Launch Day Could Incorporate Galaxy S8, Notice 8 Specifications

A modern leak indicates that the Galaxy A5 2018 model may attribute an infinity show, very similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Notice 8. The system render, intended to exhibit off a protective situation also exhibits a system with no household button and an 18:9:5 part ratio, but the system appears to have a flat show, fairly than a twin-edge curved show like Samsung’s latest flagships. The image was initially shared on Twitter, but has considering the fact that been deleted.

Samsung’s Galaxy A collection is a mid-range line, which usually incorporates layout features and options, very similar to the higher-finish Galaxy S and Galaxy Notice lines. Equipment in the line incorporate the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7, which are current yearly less than the same identify. New stories have indicated that the equipment may start to see cost hikes as Samsung carries on to add a lot more higher-finish features to the Galaxy A collection. An infinity show layout for the Galaxy S5 2018 is 1 this sort of instance.   

With an infinity show and no capacitive household button, the Galaxy A5 2018 could also attribute a rear-dealing with fingerprint sensor, very similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Notice 8. Rumors also suggest the equipment could operate Android 8. Oreo, which could make them the initial Samsung smartphones to attribute the OS natively. If real, it would necessarily mean the mid-range versions could see Oreo right before Samsung’s 2018 flagships. Nonetheless, there are also stories that the Galaxy A5 2018 may launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Other envisioned options incorporate an Exynos 7885 chip, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inside storage and quite possibly also a twin-digital camera set up.

Samsung notably released a twin-digital camera set up on the Galaxy C9 Professional system in advance of the Galaxy Notice 8 start. The mid-range Chinese unique system was likely a test mattress for the twin-digital camera right before Samsung released it to its higher-finish range. The Galaxy A equipment commonly see availability in Europe and South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy A equipment are commonly announced late in the yr, amongst November and December on the other hand, cost and launch specifics for the 2018 versions have not yet surfaced.

Mid-range battle: LG Q6 vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

LG has recently taken the wraps off its Q6 series of smartphones: the Q6, Q6 Plus, and Q6a. Although each of them has a different RAM/storage combo, all are considered to be mid-range handsets. They will go head to head with other mid-rangers on the market including the Galaxy A5 (2017), among others.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the differences as well as similarities between the LG Q6 smartphones and Samsung’s Galaxy A5 in terms of specs. This should give you a better idea of which one is better and more suitable for your needs. Let’s dive in.

Specs comparison

The LG Q6 smartphones all sport 5.5-inch Full HD+ FullVison displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Just like the G6, they have thin bezels that make them a lot more compact than other devices with the same screen size. They are powered by the Snapdragon 435 chipset and pack non-removable 3,000 mAh batteries.

All three devices are identical in terms of specs — as well as looks — aside from the already mentioned RAM/storage combo. The Q6a features 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, the Q6 has 3 GB of RAM and 32 of storage, while the most high-end model — the LG Q6 Plus — offers 4 GB of RAM along with 64 GB of space.

LG has decided to equip its Q6 series with a primary 13 MP standard angle sensor, as well as a wide-angle 5 MP selfie snapper. The devices are made from metal, run Android 7.1.1 Nougat with LG’s custom UI on top and, unfortunately, don’t have a fingerprint scanner.

The Samsung Galaxy A5, on the other hand, comes equipped with 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution. Unlike the Q6 series, it has the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. What’s interesting is that even though it has a smaller display, it actually has a larger footprint than its competitors. Although the difference isn’t that big, as it’s only around 4 mm taller and 2 mm wider.

The smartphone is powered by the Exynos 7880 chipset and features a non-removable battery that has the same capacity as the one found in the Q6 series — 3,000 mAh. Only one variant of the device is available with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, which is the same combination offered as the LG Q6.

The Galaxy A5 sports a metal frame, a 3D glass back, and is IP68 rated. This means that it’s dust and water-resistant and will survive in up to one and a half meters of water for a period of 30 minutes. It features a primary 16 MP camera with an f/1.9 aperture and as well as a fingerprint scanner located on the front, below the display. There’s also a selfie snapper on board that has a 16 MP sensor.

When it comes to software, it ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board with Samsung’s skin on top, but you’ll be able to upgrade it to Nougat.

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Display 5.5-inch 18:9 FullVision display
2160 x 1080 resolution
442 ppi
5.2-inch Super AMOLED display
1920 x 1080
resolution
424 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Exynos 7880
RAM 2/3/4 GB 3 GB
Storage 16/32/64 GB 32 GB
Cameras Rear: 13 MP Standard Angle sensor

Front: 5 MP Wide Angle sensor

Rear: 16 MP

Front: 16 MP

Battery 3,000 mAh
Non-removable
3,000 mAh
Non-removable
Network LTE / 3G / 2G LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
FM radio
Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
FM radio
Software Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Dimensions and weight 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm
149 g
146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm
157 g
Colors Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Marine Blue, Terra Gold Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, Peach Cloud

Which one is better?

The LG Q6 series and Samsung Galaxy A5 are quite different in a lot of ways, which means it’s hard to proclaim one as the winner. The Q6 smartphones have a larger screen than the Galaxy A5 but are still smaller thanks to the bezel-less design. The screen also has a different aspect ratio, which is the same as the one you’ll find on the G6 flagship. This makes them a little bit thinner as well as taller.

The phones feature a metal body and come in three different variants, while the Galaxy A5 is available in only one version and has a glass back that’s quite the fingerprint magnet.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 also offers a few things you won’t find on LG’s smartphones. The first one is the fingerprint scanner that’s embedded in the Home button up front. It’s almost a standard feature on mid-range devices these days, which is why it’s quite weird that LG didn’t include it. The other big difference is the IP68 rating that we’re normally used to seeing on high-end devices. Accidents do happen, so it’s nice to know that the device won’t die on you if you spill something on it, for example.

Of course, when you’re making a purchasing decision, specs and features aren’t the only things you should compare. As most people, you’ll probably take the design into consideration as well. Which one comes out on top in this category is impossible to say, as design is a very subjective topic.

The Q6 series looks a lot like the G6, which is probably considered a good thing by most users, as LG’s flagship has been well received so far. It stands out from the crowd thanks to the thin bezels, which will certainly help with one-handed use. The Q6 Plus comes in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Marine Blue, while the other two models are also available in Terra Gold.

The Galaxy A5 looks quite similar to a lot of other Galaxy devices, which have always been extremely popular among consumers. It doesn’t really stand out from the crowd as much as the Q6 devices, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It really depends on what you’re after. The smartphone is also available in quite a few different color options which are Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, and Peach Cloud.

Of course, price is also a major factor that influences consumers’ purchasing decisions. However, as LG hasn’t officially announced how much its smartphones will retail for, but rumors say it will be around 420,000 won ($365) in South Korea. That’s a little lower than the Galaxy A5 (2017), depending on the market, so Samsung’s popular device has a fight on its hands.

Which one would you rather get? One of the LG Q6 smartphones or the Samsung Galaxy A5? Let us know in the comments below.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review: A well-built phone that lives or dies by Samsung Pay

The Rs 30,000 smartphone segment is an interesting one indeed. Popularly known as the budget-flagship segment, this price bracket sees phones that offer a compelling package of features that sets them apart from the run-of-the-mill smartphones in the market.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 falls in this very segment and brings with it a nice assortment of features that help it stand apart. But is that enough? Let’s find out.

Build and design: 7.5/10

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I quite like the build of this phone. It has a metal frame and is covered by 2.5D glass on the front and back. The back is a bit of a sore point because it’s a fingerprint magnet, and also because it doesn’t seem very scratch resistant. I say this because the review unit we received was heavily scratched on the back, which doesn’t lend me much confidence in its ability to survive the hardships of day-to-day use.

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Scratch-able back aside, the phone feels heavy and sturdy and the front glass was pristine.

Two volume buttons are present on the left side and the power button is on the right. At the bottom you will find the USB-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Strangely enough, the single speaker is present on the right side of the device, above the power button. It’s an odd placement and we’ll talk about that later in the performance section.

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A home button with an in-built fingerprint sensor is at the bottom of the front face. Backlit capacitive buttons are present on either side of the home button.

I like the fact that the glass curves rather seamlessly into the frame, and I must admit, I like the phone’s design. It’s understated in black and looking at the phone, you know it’s worth the asking price, at least in terms of build quality. It doesn’t feel cheap and it’s well-finished.

Features: 8.5/10

The actual hardware powering the phone is a bit underwhelming. You get an Exynos 7880 octa-core processor which is clocked at 1.9 GHz. This is backed by 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is only 32 GB, but at least it can be expanded by up to 256 GB via a microSD card.

The problem here, of course, is that the similarly priced OnePlus 3T offers a Snapdragon 821, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage at the same price.

The A5 offers a 5.2-inch Amoled display with a Full HD resolution (1920×1080). The front and rear cameras are 16 MP f/1.9 units.

You get the expected assortment of connectivity options including 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, etc. While you do get a USB-C port, it’s a USB 2.0 port, so transfer speeds are limited. A 3,000 mAh battery provides the juice.

As mentioned earlier, these specs are underwhelming. However, the speciality of the A5 is the fact that it fully supports Samsung Pay – including MST – and that it’s IP68 water and dust resistant.

These are some pretty handy features to have on a smartphone, especially at this price.

Display: 7.5/10

There’s really not much to say about the display. It’s a 5.2-inch Full HD Amoled display that’s almost exactly like every other Amoled display that Samsung makes. Colours aren’t that great, but they’re not that bad either. Brightness is good, but it’s best to adjust it manually.

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Indoors, the display just seems too dull. I had to keep adjusting it manually for best effect. It’s bright enough to use in bright sunlight, however.

The pixel density is over 400 so everything is quite sharp as well.

Since it’s an Amoled display, Samsung supports an always-on mode, which is nice to have.

Software: 7/10

It’s disappointing that Samsung didn’t include Android 7.0 Nougat support for the phone. It comes with Android 6.0 and a great deal of Samsung customisation. As a Samsung veteran, you’ll not find the customisations to be anything new.

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You get the usual rounded squares for icons, a detailed control panel and a handful of customisation options.

All these are normal for Samsung. The feature that stands out is Samsung Pay integration.

Put simply, if you have an account with a supported bank, you can use Samsung Pay for any kind of card payment in the wild. This includes payments via magnetic strip- and NFC-based card readers.

The best part is that the Samsung Pay card is persistent on the home screen, lock screen and within some apps. It’s always at the bottom of the screen with a little tab sticking out. Whenever you want to pay, you simply pop out your phone, swipe up from the bottom to pull up a card you want to use and then authenticate the transaction with your fingerprint.

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Given that the phone has a few redeeming features, I’d assume that one of the primary reasons you’d pick up this phone is for Samsung Pay support. Since it’s so well-integrated, you won’t have any complaints with the feature.

There is an assortment of Samsung bloatware, but it’s easy to ignore all of it.

Performance: 7.5/10

Performance is where the Samsung Galaxy A5 falls far short of expectations.

The OnePlus 3T set very high expectations as far as performance figures are concerned in this price range and is easily 2-3 times as powerful as the A5.

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In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the A5’s performance was simply acceptable and nothing more. The phone stutters regularly, especially when using heavy apps, and the moments when everything felt smooth and functional were very few.

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I expected a fluid experience, and didn’t get one. The Exynos 7880 chipset that powers the phone isn’t a very powerful one, but it should have been sufficient to make the device seem smooth. To add insult to injury, a Rs 12,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 handily beat the A5 in a number of benchmarks, that’s how bad the performance is.

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The speaker is another sore point here. While the odd positioning of the speaker on the right side of the device is not such a big deal, the tinny audio it manages to churn it out is downright disappointing. I could barely make out the audio even in a  quiet room. Samsung should have had the sense to use a more powerful speaker.

Samsung Pay worked perfectly. It was one of the few highlights of the phone. Payment was smooth and easy and there were never any hiccups in my experience.

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The IP68 rating means that the phone is water and dust resistant. I tested the water resistance by leaving the phone under a running tap and also in a bucket of water. Other than a notification that there was water in the charing port, the phone ran exactly as it should have. There was no water damage at all.

Performance in games was alright. Games were playable and the phone didn’t get too hot in use.

Camera 7.5/10

The 16 MP front and rear cameras on this phone are actually quite nice. They captured some very nice colours and detail in good lighting.

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There are a number of manual camera settings in the camera app, but I found that the camera was good enough that I didn’t really need to mess with the settings.

The selfie camera also managed to take detailed and sharp selfies – as sharp as can be expected from the puny sensor on a smartphone.

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The camera response was also quite fast.

Low light performance wasn’t too great, but at this price, few cameras can offer more, so I’m not complaining.

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If you want a better camera though, the Huawei Honor 8 is a better bet. For better selfies, the Vivo V5 Plus is a better option.

If you don’t care that much, the A5’s camera is not bad at all.

Battery life: 8.5/10

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At almost 13 hours in our standardised testing, the battery life was quite impressive. Despite being a 3,000 mAh unit, Samsung’s power management solution appears to be working wonders as far as battery life is concerned.

The phone routinely lasted me a full work day, which includes dozens of calls, hundreds of messages and emails and at least a couple of hours spent listening to music and browsing the web.

Battery life is impressive.

Verdict and price in India

I’m in two minds about the Samsung Galaxy A5. On the one hand, Samsung Pay and IP68 certification are really nice. On the other hand, the OnePlus 3T offers dramatically more performance for the same price.

Even when it comes to cameras, the Vivo V5 Plus offers a better selfie camera and the Huawei Honor 8 offers a better rear camera.

The A5 is not a bad phone, but it’s not the best by any means. It’s well-built, but not exceptionally so. It has a good camera, but it’s definitely not the best option around. It’s also limited to Android 6.0 for now.

In the end, I think this phone lives or dies by Samsung Pay. If you want Samsung Pay, this is the phone for you. If not, there are far better alternatives to be had.

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OnePlus 3T vs. Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

The OnePlus 3T has hit the stores back in November 2016, while the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has two months later. Today we will compare these two smartphones and let you decide which one of them is suitable for you.

Designs

The OnePlus 3T measures 152.7×74.7×7.4mm and weights 158 grams. The Chinese manufacturer has opted for a full metal design, with horizontal lines on the back, and it offered the phone in color variants of Gunmetal, Soft Gold and Midnight Black. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is thicker and slightly lighter, as it measures 146.1×71.4×7.9mm and weights 157 grams. This device has its back made of glass, available in colors such as Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, or Peach Cloud, but the frame is made of metal.

Displays

The OnePlus 3T comes with an optic AMOLED display of 5.5-inch that supports a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi. The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has a smaller super AMOLED display of 5.2-inch that supports a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 424 ppi. Both displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Processors, Graphics Cards & RAM

The OnePlus 3T features a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset, a quad-core processor formed from a dual-core Kryo CPU clocked at 2.35GHz and a dual-core Kryo CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, an Adreno 530 graphics card and 6GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has an Exynos 7880 Octa chipset, an octa-core Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz, a Mali-T830MP3 graphics card and 3GB of RAM.

Storages

The OnePlus 3T comes in two internal storage variants of 64GB and 128GB, while the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has an internal storage of 32GB. The OnePlus 3T has fixed internal memory, but the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has a microSD slot, which allows you to add a card with a capacity of up to 256GB.

Cameras

Both devices come with a primary camera of 16MP that features LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, panorama, HDR, face detection and a secondary camera of 16MP.

Batteries

The OnePlus 3T is powered by a non-removable battery of 3400 mAh, which is slightly better than the 3000 mAh non-removable battery that the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has.

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 vs 2017: Samsung takes some small steps forwards

Design: mostly superficial changes on the Galaxy A5 (2017)

The design of last year’s Galaxy A5 was based on the Samsung Galaxy S6, and this year’s Galaxy A5 design is based on the Galaxy S7. Therefore, we do see some small changes in appearance as the later device now has a more premium touch.

Overall, there are no major changes in height and weight. The 2017 model is a bit longer (146.1 mm versus 144.8), wider (71.4 mm versus 71) and thicker (7.9 mm versus 7.3), but you barely notice the difference: it looks and feels great. The 2017 device has gained 2 grams but again, you don’t notice this. In short, there aren’t any overwhelming differences, except perhaps for the change in location of the loudspeaker to the side of the device, as it was easily blocked with one’s hand when it was located on the bottom.

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Doesn’t the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) look elegant? © AndroidPIT

That said, the 2017 edition does benefit from some interesting novelties. First of all, it has a USB type-C jack and it’s waterproof (IP68 certification). This gives us an insight into two things about Samsung: on the one hand, Samsung has presented us with a very impressive package, “buying” our attention in an attempt to make us forget the Korean company’s recent misadventures. On the other hand, Samsung is showing us what it means by “mid-range”: being waterproof isn’t a flagship-only feature, and the USB-C port is just simply the way of the future.

Screen: no great innovation on the Galaxy A (2017)

Samsung hasn’t gone overboard in this aspect: the screens are almost identical between the 2016 and 2017 versions. This goes from screen size (5.2 inches) to hardware (Super AMOLED) including definition (Full-HD 1080 x 1920 pixels). We’ll have to dig a little deeper to find differences but the less tech-savvy user won’t really be able to distinguish between them and there is no reason to either: both screens are very good and very similar.

Of course, in both cases, we’re not talking about high-end devices so we can’t expect anything perfect (besides, does perfection in a phone even exist?). So you can forget about VR (even in Full-HD, it’s a no-go).

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The new Samsung Galaxy A5 model offers Always On mode. © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy A5 (2017) did get an interesting new feature: Always On mode, which we know from the Galaxy S7. This displays the time, date, battery status and notifications even when the screen is off.

Software interface: a year has passed but still nothing new

The two models have a little more than a year between them, so they obviously don’t come out of the box with the same version: the 2016 model was released with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and could be upgraded to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow; the 2017 model comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Currently, these models both run Marshmallow and we hope to see them both get upgraded  to Android Nougat. The 2017 version seems to be winning in this aspect though (although speed isn’t Samsung’s strongest point), things could get tough for the 2016 version but it looks like rumors are going in this direction.

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TouchWiz has changed a lot on the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). © AndroidPIT

The latest version contains some interesting new features, ranging from the game launcher (Samsung’s solution for gamers) to the app menu, for example the addition of a secure folder that only you can access.

Performance: there’s something in it for everyone

Being more recent, the Galaxy A5 (2017) should be more efficient. This should be taken with a pinch of salt though since, as we’ve already mentioned, we’re talking about mid-range smartphones and not flagship devices. The Galaxy A5 (2016) uses a made in Samsung octa-core processor: the Exynos 7580. The newer model also uses a home-made octa-core processor but of course, it’s more modern: it’s the Exynos 7880. The latter has the advantage of being etched in 14 nm (instead of 10 nm) giving it various advantages, most notably in terms of energy consumption. Another advantage of the new model is the additional 1 GB of RAM (which now makes 3 GB) and an internal memory of 32 GB.

If your use of the phone “classical”, you won’t encounter any problems on a day-to-day basis on either device. If you tend to ask for more strenuous activity from your phone, especially for gaming, you might want to go for the newer model. If you regularly play resource-intensive games, you might be disappointed with the gaming experience on the A5 and it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to switch to a high-end device.

The race between manufacturers to have the largest RAM memory is getting ridiculous.

What do you think?

Camera: more megapixels but less stabilization

On paper, the technical specs leave us somewhat puzzled. For the rear camera, the sensor resolution has been improved since it now no longer takes pictures in 13 MP but rather in 16 MP, but on the other hand, the optical stabilizer has been outright forgotten. For the front camera, the resolution has completely changed since it’s gone from 5 MP to 16 MP. In both cases, the aperture is still f / 1.9, for both the front and rear cameras.

In practice, both devices offer fairly good rendering for the price range but the disappearance of the optical stabilizer on the newer version is really a shame. In bad lighting conditions, neither the old nor the new model offer particularly great results. That said, if you really want a camera phone, neither the A5 (2016) nor the A5 (2017) are really suitable.

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)’s rear camera sensor has evolved. © ANDROIDPIT

Battery life: the tradition continues

The battery of the Galaxy A5 (2016) was 2900 mAh and the new model is 3000 mAh. It’s almost as if Samsung did this change just to say that there was a change because we haven’t really noticed any huge differences in battery life on the 2017 model.

It’s easy to criticize because if there’s one thing both devices do well, it’s that they have a very good battery life. This was one of the reasons that the A5 was so popular last year, and the newcomer successfully keeps up the tradition. Under intensive use, the phone’s hold it’s own well for a day and under more moderate use, you’ll get a day and a half out of the phone, even 2 days if you just use your phone for chatting (SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger etc), surfing the Internet and making a few calls.

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A 2900 mAh battery hides within the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016). © AndroidPIT

Verdict: some swirls but no big waves

This new model offers some interesting advantages: a more sleek design, IP68 certification… But if you already have last year’s phone, you probably won’t gain a whole lot by switching to the new one: the battery life is more or less identical, the photo quality is more or less the same, the performance is better on the new model but it’s unlikely that you’d buy this device for its performance…

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs. OnePlus 3T – Which one better satisfies an user’s needs?

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A decade ago, you barely had any mobile phones to choose from. Sure, there were quite a few options, but in terms of quality there were just a couple models that everyone knew. The rest were phones that people would just get out of not affording the good models. That’s not the case today, as mobile users that are looking to change their smartphone have a slew of options at their disposal. It is actually quite challenging to settle on a device, considering how many different options one has.

The search doesn’t get any easier if you go down the ladder in terms of quality and take high end flagships out of the equation. In fact, that’s where it gets more complicated as there are very many budget friendly devices with great specs and features. One such device is Samsung’s Galaxy A5. The device has gone through a bit of a makeover since it got a refreshed model in 2017, so we thought of putting it against a fan favorite which is also a bit of a refresh of the original device. That being said, let’s see what the Galaxy A5 (2017) can do and if it can stand up to OnePlus 3T.

Display

The Samsung phone comes with a 5.2 inch screen which isn’t bad at all. It uses Super AMOLED technology and features a 1920 x 1080 resolution. It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

OnePlus 3T comes with an Optic AMOLED screen that measures 5.5 inches and has a 1920 x 1080 resolution. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

Performance

Under the hood, there is an octa core processor in the form of the Exynos 7880 chip which uses a 1.9 GHz clock speed. There are 3 GB when it comes to RAM and the internal storage cap is 32 GB. This can go up to 256 GB through a microSD card. The video chip is the Mali-T830MP3. The battery unit stores 3000 mAh, providing good sustain.

The OnePlus device uses the processing powers of the Snapdragon 821 chip from Qualcomm and the GPU qualities of the Adreno 530. In terms of memory, there are up to 128 GB of storage available and 6 GB of RAM. The battery unit featured in this handset is a huge 3400 mAh unit.

It would seem that Samsung’s new offering is capable of taking care of itself among competitors, but it is short of reaching the standards of this OnePlus phone.

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• CONS: Processor Could Be Faster • Fingerprint Scanner Can Be Annoying

Buying a flagship phone has never been cheap.

Most top-end devices will see over £600 quickly being removed from your bank balance and, at that price, they are well out of reach of some consumers.

Smartphone manufacturers are well aware of this high price problem and in recent years there’s been an explosion in mid-range and much cheaper devices flooding the market.

Samsung is one of many companies thriving in this area and now they’ve added another device to their popular range.

The Galaxy A5 includes many flagship features but it lands in your pocket with a price that won’t leave your wallet weeping.

But how does the new A5 stack up against the competition and can you really get a flagship experience from a mid-range phone?

Express.co.uk has been using the A5 for the past few weeks and here’s our ultimate verdict.

DESIGN

It may be half the price of a flagship smartphone but the Galaxy A5 certainly doesn’t feel cheap.

With a glass and metal design, even the most fashion conscious shouldn’t have a problem pulling it from their pocket.

Samsung is currently leading the way with their smartphone design and, although the A5 isn’t as flash as the Galaxy S7 Edge, it’s really hard to find fault with the way it looks.

Even the rear-facing camera has been designed to sit almost flush with the glass panel – something many flagship owners can only dream of.

Along with a pleasing aesthetic look, the A5 has also be designed to incredibly user friendly with all of the function buttons sitting perfectly in place for easy access.

There’s no question that Samsung has done a really good job making the A5 look and feel like a premium smartphone and, with four colours to choose from, it should cater for almost all tastes.

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The A5 has a stunning AMOLED display

SCREEN

Samsung is no stranger to creating dazzling displays with the Korean technology giant leading the way with screen technology.

The A5 continues this tradition with its very bright and colourful 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display packing plenty of punch.

This full HD screen offers an excellent viewing experience that would put some older flagships to shame.

There’s also another feature this display offers that many rivals have yet to include – an always-on option.

We’re huge fans of this technology as it’s really useful to see basic functions, such as time and notifications, displayed on the screen when the phone is lying on your desk or the side of your sofa.

The A5 also includes Adaptive technology which changes the colours depending on where you are using the device.

And there’s a Blue Light Filter which helps reduce eye strain when using the phone at night.

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The fingerprint scanner doesn’t always work which is annoying

POWER

This is probably one area where the A5 disappoints.

Tucked under the hood of the A5 is a 1.9 Ghz Octa-core processor and it’s certainly not the fastest brains on the block.

The A5 feels strangely sluggish at times and even web browsing and flicking through Facebook can force the phone to stutter.

Where you really notice the difference is in a straight speed test against the flagship competition.

The A5’s lack of power probably won’t bother you if you’ve never had a top of the range phone tucked inside your pocket.

It’s just a shame the lack of power slightly spoils what is otherwise a brilliant smartphone.

CAMERA

Although the processor might not pack the power we were hoping for, the camera certainly does.

Included on the Galaxy A5 are two 16-megapixel snappers which both take a very decent image.

Our test pictures taken on the A5 all appeared crisp, sharp and packed full of colour with the camera coping well in different levels of light.

This rear camera has really impressed us and there’s plenty of extra features including Pro and Night mode to enhance your pictures further.

It can also record video in full HD although, unlike more expensive phones, there’s no optical image stabilisation to help stop camera shake.

The front-facing camera is also very good and even includes a screen flash for low light selfies and a clever Beauty Mode will instantly remove any unwanted wrinkles.

The A5’s cameras really are excellent and Samsung has done a great job including such top performing photography in a much cheaper phone.

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The A5 features two decent 16-megapixel cameras

BATTERY

Samsung regularly impresses with its battery life and the A5 has incredible stamina.

This latest phone will easily last you a day and beyond plus, if things do run low, Samsung has included it Low Power mode for some extra life.

We punish all our phones using the Star Wars Trilogy test and the A5 passed with flying colours.

In fact, by the end of the six hour space epic the A5 still had over 70 per cent left in its tank.

Not many phones have managed that level of battery life and some flagships have struggled to keep above 20 per cent after viewing all three films.

Once flat, the A5 is charged via USB-C which is slowly becoming the new standard.

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The A5 is water resistant

EXTRAS

It might not be a flagship phone but there’s plenty of bonus features tucked inside this device.

The A5 is water resistant and can withstand 30 minutes under a meter of the wet stuff.

There’s also 32GB of internal memory which can be boosted to 256GB via a Micro SD card.

Finally, users can access the device via its fingerprint scanner, although sadly we’ve had a mixed experience when trying to unlock the phone with our thumb.

On some occasions the A5 springs into life in seconds whilst, at other times, we’ve been forced to pump in our pin code to gain access.

It’s annoying but probably not a deal-breaker.

PRICE

Good news as this phone really won’t break the bank.

Buying the A5 on contract will set you back around £25 per month whilst buying it SIM only costs £369.

That’s around half the price of the Galaxy S7 Edge.

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VERDICT

We really like the new Galaxy A5.

It looks good, has a simply stunning screen and a battery life that most flagship rivals would charge a fortune for.

The waterproof design, always-on display and decent cameras are also welcome additions to the popular mid-range market.

Sadly, there are a few niggles including the sluggish speed and lacklustre fingerprint scanner which do slightly spoil the user experience.

However, even with these annoyances this is a fabulous phone that brings flagship specs to people who simply can’t, or don’t want to, pay flagship prices.

If your money will stretch to a top of the range Galaxy S7 Edge we’d still recommend buying it over an A5 but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a phone worth owning.

The new A5 has plenty going for it and we’d happily have it in our pocket any day of the week.