Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) in the Test

With the release of the Galaxy A5 (2016), Samsung brings a new noble Smartphone on the market. The test report shows if the A5 can even beat the success of its predecessor.

Plastic, plastic again? Not a few Samsung launched this sigh supporters over the years, when Koreans were once again packed into filthy plastic finest machinery. First-generation of A-series Samsung of the style-conscious Group about a year ago has finally given the first models with metal unibody on the hand. With the release of the 2016er models, Samsung-Galaxy-A series in the next round goes.

Galaxy A5: Metal is non-glass

We first see the Galaxy A5 (2016). The most striking change concerns the exterior. So Samsung waived the fine metal of its predecessor, and missed a front and back made of scratch-resistant Gorilla glass 4, which are framed by an elegant aluminium frame the device. Not less chic looks than in its predecessor, reminds the Galaxy S6 in this combination and can go through as a cheap version of the flagship. The original housing has like a tad bit better the tester, but the taste is well known that. The same applies to the color preferences, and that Samsung offers its new Galaxy-A models in black, white, gold and Rosé gold. There should be for each taste something suitable here.

However, not only in the look and feel of its mid-range model Samsung boasts large, the Galaxy A5 (2016) can score with its screen. The 5.2-inch OLED display dissolves in full HD with 1080 x 1920 pixels and has a fine pixel density of 424 ppi. Consistent with the enormous beam power of 460 cd / m2, which is excellent for a display with self-luminous OLED technology. So equipped there should be no problems when viewing the display content in the summer in direct sunlight.

The appearance of display can affect the user in the settings menu of four different modes and adjust about the color intensity to your own taste. We opted for the “Adaptive display” mode, which adjusts automatically depending on the screen color range, saturation, and sharpness. So, the content with rich colors and deep black perfectly in scene were used.

Vollaustattung including

When looking at the list of equipment of the Galaxy A5 (2016), no wish remains open also. The in-house platform of Exynos 7580 ensures clock frequency and 2 GB with their eight-core processor at 1.6 GHz memory abundant speed in everyday life. During the test phase, all content without Vertun ran, even apps opened without delay. Cat.6 LTE and HSPA + take over the mobile data transfer, with a/b/g/n Wi-FI, Bluetooth, NFC, also the other connectivity standards are well represented. Lacks only the ac-support for Wi-FI, but it suits at a very high level.

The equipment duty could master the Galaxy A5 (2016) so easily, at the Freestyle is the Korea Smartphone no weaknesses also. So the 13-mega pixel camera with auto focus and photo light comes, but is equipped with an optical image stabilizer for shaky shots. To join the a clear photo interface with various camera modes and a fast start feature, the by double-clicking the home button is raised. The picture quality was well above average in every situation. The camera section is rounded off by a 5-megapixel camera for Selfies, the Samsung of course captures videos in full HD.

Clean user interface

Was the user interface is used often as overloaded scolded by Samsung, so that today no longer applies. The surface of the Galaxy A5 (2016) presents clean and intuitive to use.

However, offers Samsung its users a high degree of customization options. Not only the main levels can be assemble according to the own needs with apps, widgets and shortcuts and customize the look, the main menu is open to change. But for all, it is an option and not a requirement. Who beautiful simply would have it however, for which there is the function “Easy mode” with extra large icons and again simplified operation.

Walkover in the laboratory

Up here, the Galaxy A5 (2016) with his great processing, a fine display and the extensive equipment straight on a placement in the Smartphone top flight controls to. Now just still a faux pas in the laboratory can stop this advance. But the Samsung doesn’t do this favor its competitors, on the contrary: big boasts it also with the measured. Acoustics and reception are top, the endurance values with 8:24 hours in display mode and a slightly longer talk time in the UMTS usage very well. The battery is empty, then it makes the quick charge feature that the user is again fast on reception.


With the Galaxy A5 (2016), a top Smartphone without apparent weaknesses is managed Samsung that has earned a big recommendation at this price