Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Unboxing, First Impressions

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Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 model is one of the hottest mid-ranger Android phones that’s been released recently. Priced at P19,900 pesos SRP in the Philippines, what does the Galaxy A5 2016 really offer in the table than competing brands, Galaxy A5 2015, Galaxy A7, and Galaxy A3?

Let’s check out the unboxing and first impressions before we finally get our hands-on review in the coming days.

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Unboxing: What’s inside the retail box of 2016 Samsung Galaxy A5?

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We had a triple unboxing of the trio Galaxy A series: A5, A7 and A9 2016 edition. We found that all have the same packaging and content inside it.

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 in gold with sealed 2900 mAh battery
  • Adaptive Fast Charging 2A Power Adapter
  • USB data cable, standard microUSB port
  • Stereo in-ear headset
  • SIM ejector tool key
  • Papers

First Impressions, Hands-on of the Galaxy A5 2016

So what’s the Galaxy A5 2016 offers to the Galaxy A5 2015 model? First of all, the biggest changes are in the design, processor, memory, camera, and display.

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The 2016 model offers premium metal + 2.5D curved glass build inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S6. There’s a very little resemblance to the Galaxy S7 though. A fingerprint sensor is integrated at home button as well. So far it’s easy to setup and works fast and accurate.

The internal hardware jumped from Snapdragon 410 quad-core chip to octa-core Snapdragon 615. The amount of RAM is still 2GB and storage at 16GB, but microSD card support is up to 128GB.

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Unlike having to separate models for single and dual-SIM, the 2016 model offers hybrid microSD card slot and second nano SIM tray.

The display is now larger and sharper at 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED. The Galaxy A5 is the sharpest from the Galaxy A series 2016.

See also: Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 Unboxing, First Impressions

Another big upgrade is the 13MP main sensor camera coupled with OIS and LED flash. It shoots up to 1080p Full HD movies. Selfie snapper is a 5MP secondary camera. We will be reserving our final call for our upcoming review and comparisons.

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Powering the Galaxy A5 2016 is a 2900 mAh battery. It is a big step up from the 2015 model while supporting fast charging.

All 2016 Galaxy A series run on latest version of TouchWiz on top Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Pricing and Availability

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 is available for around P19,900 pesos. Official SRP is quite expensive but given the upgrades, it the device seems to offer a very attractive set of new features. As always, stay tuned for our in-depth review and comprehensive comparison in the coming days.

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Hands-on Video

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 421ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 615 chip, octa-core processor
  • Graphics: Adreno 405 GPU
  • RAM: 2GB of RAM
  • Memory: 16GB of ROM, microSD card up to 128GB
  • Main camera: 13MP rear shooter, f/1.9 aperture, OIS, 1080p video
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie shooter, f/1.9 aperture
  • Connectivity: dual nano SIM hybrid, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, FM radio with BDS,
  • OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, Samsung TouchWiz
  • Battery: 2900mAh battery capacity
  • Ports: MicroUSB v2.0
  • Release Date: March 2016
  • Official price: Php 19, 900 pesos SRP in the Philippines
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