This year, Samsung has successfully locked the high-end market with the Galaxy S7 – and the Note 7, hadn’t it blown up people’s properties when entering charging mode. But how about their mid-range Alpha handsets? We already know that the A-series do made a killing back in 2015. Does it fulfil all the expectations? Find out as we take on the A5 – the median of all-metal A-series, in the review below.


  • Slick design
  • Fast charging
  • Vivid screen


  • Not that powerful

samsung-galaxy-a5-2016The frame is superbly solid, combining metal and glass as the form factor. The corners are round and the back case is flat. It doesn’t have curvy edges that allows the S7 to comfort your palm grip, but still pretty convenient to handle, thanks to 2.5D glass.

The Galaxy A5 2016 sports 5.2-inch display with a 1080p resolution, aided with Super AMOLED technology that brings extra power in brightness and color correction. And thanks to the Full HD resolution, you won’t notice any pixelation here.

Depending on your region, the handset will either pack Exynos 7580 or Snapdragon 615 which technically perform in an equal manner. The chipsets are paired with 2GB of RAM, alongside the Mali-T720 GPU or Adreno 405 to back up the graphic load and ease the handset when handling medium to intense game apps, such as Asphalt, Monument Valley, and so on.

It sports 16GB of inbuilt storage which is supposedly bigger considering its price range. Nonetheless, there’s a dedicated microSD slot so your local data will be appropriately kept in bay.

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 bringing Android Lollipop but it is upgradable to higher version, the Android Marshmallow. The UI is TouchWiz that perform well even though some people don’t really like it.

Up to the camera department, there is a 13MP primary lens with f/1.9 aperture with autofocus and OIS. It managed to impress us in the low-light or daylight situation by capturing much details.

The non-removable 2900mAh battery is capable to make it through a full day under regular use. You could even have some slight remainder in power the next morning if you only use it sparsely. The Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging allows you to do a full charge in merely an hour and a half.

Conclusion: The $299 Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 is a nice mid-range phone with sweet metal form factor and improved hardware capabilities. It lacks the newest OS and UI, but if that’s not a big concern for you, then this is probably for you.