Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 2016

You wish to acquire a quality smartphone with the specific approach the high end phones without breaking the bank? Discover the 2016 versions of the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5!

Faced with increased competition from China in the segment of smartphones entry and mid-range, Samsung revises its brand strategy. Abandoning somewhat its entry-level devices such as the Core or Premium Grand Prime, the Korean manufacturer now put on near-premium quality phones while remaining affordable.

The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 is it as attractive as their appearance? reported on the characteristics of these devices and isolates you to their main qualities and their potential defects. Follow the guide!

Stylish design based on that of the Galaxy S6

The design of the new Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 is undoubtedly their first highlight. If they are distinguished mainly by their size (13.45 x 6.52 x 0.73 cm for the first against 14.48 x 7.1 x 0.73 cm for the second), these devices both display an aspect really close to that of the Galaxy S6, the high-end 2015 Samsung. Their beveled aluminum frame gives them the elegance and premium products they feature glazed tiles protected by Gorilla Glass technology 4, guarantee of solidity.

According to Antony Di Maiolo, Lead Mobile Developer at, “the future users will appreciate the meticulous finishing of these devices”. The positioning of their buttons, perfectly optimized, is also acclaimed. However, sometimes their lack of adherence may drag them between your fingers. Recurrent fault of brand smartphones, the protrusion of the rear camera sensor is also reported. The Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 are available in 3 colors: black, gold and finally white. The latter color is however not sold in stores and is reserved for online customers.

Larger screens with better resolution

Always equipped with a Super AMOLED panel, the Samsung Galaxy range A 2016 version of experiencing a revaluation of their screen at once from the perspective of their size as that of their definition. When his 2015 release posted 4.5-inch screen of the Galaxy A3 reached 4.7 inches in 2016. This small smartphone format overcomes also finally the qHD now out to achieve HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

The surface of the screen of the Galaxy A5 is also increasing and going to 5.2 inches, 5 inches cons for the previous version. This mid-range smartphone now has a more impressive screen than some high-end products, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6. Its definition is also revised upwards. When his predecessor enjoyed a HD screen, the Galaxy A5 is equipped with a Full HD screen of 1920 x 1080 pixels .This is the equivalent of what offers the iPhone 6 Plus! Note however that the Samsung Galaxy A5 screen is larger than the high end of Apple, its resolution, that is to say the number of pixels per inch is less interesting.

Photo sensors are shifting

The new smartphone range A Samsung both have a rear camera sensor of 13 megapixels. If that was the case for the Galaxy A5 in 2015, this is an improvement for the Galaxy A3 whose sensor of the previous version was only 8 megapixels. These cameras also benefit from the same f / 1.9 as the Samsung Galaxy S6. They therefore offer the advantage of a low brightness increased efficiency. Although they pale in comparison to those of the top range of Samsung devices, “these sensors are at the same level as those of mid-range smartphones of most of its competitors and provide a more than satisfactory outcome” ensures Antony Di Maiolo, our mobile expert.

Just like most smartphones today, the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 include a front camera of 5 megapixels. To make always easier taking selfie, the device offers multiple trigger modes: touch, voice but also by movement. Also called “selfie palm”, this last feature will launch the image capture by simply presenting the palm of his hand facing the sensor until you see a timer. Other functions, such as a “beauty” mode, are available by default, and more can be downloaded.

Satisfactory technical characteristics

When their 2015 predecessors were both equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and Adreno 306, the Galaxy A Version 2016 each include an Exynos processor manufactured by Samsung and a graphics chip ARM Mali . The Galaxy A3 has a quad-core chip 1.5  GHz combined with an ARM Mali T720 GPU. The A5 embarks on an octal-core chip he 1.6GHz ARM Mali T720 and MP2.

According to preliminary tests, the Galaxy A5 gets a score of 37,245 on AnTuTu benchmark 5 famous for measuring the performance of smartphones. This is a real improvement on the result of 20,011 registered for the 2015 model graphics side, the performances appear in contrast to below those offered by Adreno chip. The first scores of the Galaxy A5 in Epic Citadel reaches 28.6 fps, which may seem a bit light to take advantage of the most sophisticated 3D games.

The internal memory of the two Galaxy A 2016 remains of 16 GB, the same as that offered far the basic version of the best iPhone. The presence of a microSD slot that supports microSD cards, microSDHC and microSDXC offer more the ability to increase memory up to 128 GB.

RAM side, the Galaxy A5 2016 retains the 2 GB of RAM already offered by the Model 2015. The Galaxy A3 sees however his memory go from 1 GB to 1.5 GB. However, it is unclear whether, in use, 1.5 GB of RAM will suffice for this smartphone.Finally, both devices run on Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz interface quite satisfactory.

A much better autonomy

Both Samsung Galaxy A 2016 show a strengthening of the capacity of their battery.The Galaxy A3 Password 1900  mAh to 2300 mAh and Galaxy A5 from 2300 mAh to 2900 mAh, which approach it best of current mobile. The Samsung Galaxy A5 is also prominently happened in the last ranking of smartphones with the highest autonomy! If the capacity of Galaxy A3 seems less advantageous its side, its less powerful processor and its smaller screen and lower resolution, however, enable it to offer performance quite respectable.

An effort is also about saving energy. In addition to the “energy saving” classic, both devices have an “ultra power saving” mode. With a monochrome display in passing and only save valuable functionality (SMS and calls), this mode will extend the life of smartphones significantly. It remains also customizable if you still want to retain some additional features.

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy A5 has a mode “fast charge” to recover half of its battery in half an hour.

The extras of Samsung Galaxy A5

In addition to their standard size and screen resolution as well as technical specifications, Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 are differentiated by the inclusion of some additional features in the Galaxy A5.

Unlike the Galaxy A3, the rear camera sensor of the Galaxy A5, for example with an optical stabilizer. Similarly, only the Galaxy A5 includes unlocking fingerprint technology. Finally, if both devices are of course compatible with the 4G technology, the Galaxy A5 supports 4G + Class 6 authorizing a receive rate of up to 300  Mb / s when the A3 is content to category 4 with a maximum throughput is limited to 150 Mb / s.

The prices

Sold only at the price of € 309.90, the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 may experience difficulty in finding its place in the landscape of small smartphones. Indeed, the cost puts it in competition with mobile sometimes with technical features and more advanced features. However, according to Antony Di Maiolo, “its stylish appearance combined with its compact size are quite able to attract a large number of users.”

The Galaxy A5, 2016 can be acquired on him for € 409.90. This model has evolved from its release last year and will be able to meet the expectations of customers who want a smartphone with a fancy design for the essential tasks while remaining affordable. Nevertheless, it will also have to cope with fierce competition in this price range.

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