The Korean tech giant Samsung started using metal in its phones after facing a lot of criticism for using regular plastic builds in its devices with the Galaxy Alpha. Soon after introducing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the company launched a range of new smartphones under its A-series with metal bodies, including the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and its slimmest Galaxy A7 with a 6.3mm frame. Launched in India in January last year, the Galaxy A5 is one of the finest examples from the brand to boast a premium body, and decent specs for its price range. The vendor has recently in February this year launched the Galaxy A5 2016 edition smartphone in India.
If you own the Galaxy A5 2015, and planning to upgrade to the 2016 edition of the same, let’s put both the devices on the table and compare their features, so you can find out if the new variant suits your needs or not.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 vs Galaxy A5 2015: what’s changed?
Talking about the design first, the Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 and its successor, both the smartphones offer metallic frames for durability and get Corning’s Gorilla Glass protection at the back to keep scratches at bay. While the Galaxy A5 arrived with a 6.7mm metal frame and 123 grams of weight, its successor was launched offering 155 grams of weight and a slightly thicker 7.3mm frame. In terms of design, both the phones appear similar, but the second-gen Galaxy A5 sports narrow bezels around the display. In addition, the Galaxy A5 2016 also gets a fingerprint sensor for enhanced security integrated directly into the home button.
Display and OS
On the display-front, the Galaxy A5 2015 offers a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with a pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. Its successor on the other hand comes with a slightly bigger 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen that boasts full HD resolution and higher pixel density of 424ppi. So clearly, when it comes to the media viewing experience, the Galaxy A5 2016 variant certainly is better than its predecessor. Coming to the software, while the Galaxy A5 2015 arrived with Android KitKat with the brand’s custom TouchWiz UI on top, the Galaxy A5 2016 runs the slightly newer Android Lollipop out of the box. So on the display and software-front, the Galaxy A5 2016 is better than its predecessor.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 edition was launched in India with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, aided by 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 306 GPU. Its successor on the other hand arrived with a more powerful 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7 processor, coupled with 2-gigs of RAM and a Mali T720 MP2 GPU. Both the smartphones offer 16GB of internal memory, but the latest Galaxy A5 can accept microSD cards up to 128GB in size.
In terms of imaging, the Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 and Galaxy A5 2016 smartphones offer quite similar specs. They are equipped with 13-megapixel primary cameras, aided with LED flash, autofocus, CMOS image sensors, full HD video recording, and HDR, and 5-megapixel secondary snappers for selfies. The 2016 edition of the Galaxy A5 also gets optical image stabilization for better imaging features.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy A5 2015 and Galaxy A5 2016, both smartphones offer similar specs including dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB 2.0, NFC and A-GPS. While the Galaxy A5 2015 sports a 2,300mAh battery that delivers 15 hours of 3G talk time, the Galaxy A5 2016 is equipped with a bigger 2,900mAh battery that offers up to 16 hours of talk time on 3G networks.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 was among the first smartphones from the Korean tech giant to sport a premium design and mid-range features. The phone offers an appealing design, a compact Super AMOLED display, a quad-core CPU, and decent camera specs. However, its successor brings a slightly bigger and brighter display, a more powerful CPU, better camera specs, and a bigger battery than its predecessor. As for the pricing, the online stores are offering the Galaxy A5 2015 for Rs 17,990 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 for around Rs 28,000. For a few extra thousands of bucks with the Galaxy A5 2016, you will be getting better imaging and display specs than its predecessor. So, are you upgrading to the new Galaxy? Or still find the older Galaxy better? Share in the comments with all.