Samsung Galaxy A5 review

The standout feature with the new Samsung Galaxy A5 phone is that it is the first all-metal built smartphone from the South Korean firm. This means that it’s also their first device with a sealed battery. These two developments mean that Samsung are now ready to take on Apple at their own game. In this Samsung Galaxy A5 review we’ll take you through the phone’s specs and also have a brief look at the phones smaller cousin, the A3.
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The square sides of the handset look and feel great. The sides are really narrow too so this is the slimmest phone on the market from Samsung. You might expect some textures or shapes etched into the metal to showcase the new material, but that’s not Samsung’s style. They’ve kept this phone as smooth and understated as it possibly can be.


As the cover’s not removable, Samsung has put a card slot on the right hand side for a microSD card and the SIM. In some territories the phone will be sold with an additional slot that will accommodate a second SIM card or an additional memory card for extra storage.


The metal case is a premium feature but this phone doesn’t have the highest of specs. The A5 and Samsung A3 devices are designed to be midrange phones for a youthful sector of the market. Samsung’s market research suggests that this group aren’t too bothered by top-specs but that they need a phone that looks like the highest spec phones on the market.

  • Full specs
  • Operating system - Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Screen size - 5-inch AMOLED
  • Resolution - 1,280x720; 294ppi
  • Dimensions - 139.3mm x 69.7mm x 6.7mm
  • Weight - 4.3 ounces (123 grams)
  • Cameras (back/front) - 13-megapixel; 5-megapixel
  • Processor - 1.2GHz quad-core
  • Storage - 16GB
  • Expandable storage - Up to 64GB
  • RAM - 2GB
  • Battery - 2,300mAh
  • Bluetooth - 4.0

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