Samsung Galaxy A5 And A7 2016 First Impressions - Flagship Aesthetics For Less
Samsung Galaxy A6 2016 and Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 Specs
|Specs||Samsung Galaxy A5 2016||Samsung Galaxy A7 2016|
|Display:||5.2 Inch FHD Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 resolution 2.5D curved screen w/ Gorilla Glass 4 protection at 424 ppi||5.5 Inch FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved screen and Gorilla Glass 4 protection at 401 ppi|
|CPU:||1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 7580 octa core processor||1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 7580 octa core processor|
|GPU:||Mali T720||Mali T720|
|RAM:||2 GB||3 GB|
|ROM:||16 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 128 GB||16 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 32 GB|
|Rear Camera:||13 MP f/1.9 w/ OIS and LED flash||13 MP f/1.9 w/ OIS and LED flash|
|Selfie Camera:||5 MP f/1.9||5 MP f/1.9|
|Battery:||2,900 mAh w/ fast charging tech||3,300 mAh w/ fast charging tech|
|OS:||Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ TouchWiz UI||Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ TouchWiz UI|
|Connectivity:||WiFi, 3G, LTE Cat 6, NFC, Bluetooth, dual SIM (hybrid)||WiFi, 3G, LTE Cat 6, NFC, Bluetooth, dual SIM (hybrid)|
|Others:||Fingerprint sensor||Fingerprint sensor|
|Dimensions:||144.8 x 71 x 7.3 mm||151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm|
|Weight:||155 g||172 g|
|Price:||19,990 Pesos||22,990 Pesos|
Build Quality / Design
|Look at the glass back|
Both devices are very similar looking even if you take a look at them side by side except for the bigger screen size of the A7 2016. Like I said earlier, it resembles the regular Samsung Galaxy S6 with few improvements. They're both made of premium aluminum chamfered frames that doesn't have much heft which feels solid enough and has Gorilla Glass 4 protected front and back glass.
|View on top|
|Left side showing the volume rocker|
|Right side view showing the power button and SIM slot|
|Outdoor shot without HDR, slightly washed out|
|Good indoor shot|
|Macro w/ bokeh|
|Wide angled selfie outdoors|
Specs and features analysis
With that configuration, we expect the following devices to run smoothly under casual usage. In heavy gaming its should be playable, but also expect a some stutters as it only has Mali T720 GPU.
For photography purposes, this phone might do very well for stills and casual photography. It got f/1.9 lens on both the front and back that can let more light in. At the back there's a 13 MP camera with a very good type of OIS that can let you capture even moving objects with ease and shoot videos without much shaking.
Overall, you won't have much of a problem using these devices sa they're good at their own right. Just choose what fits you best. For me I'll just add a little more to get the A7 2016, but for those who wanted a smaller for the A5 2016 should be enough.
As of the moment
We'll get the A7 2016 by next week, so watch out for our full review soon.