At an event in Malaysia, the so-called the South Korean giant Samsung has officially launched the 2016 variant of Galaxy A series of smartphones. Dubbed as Galaxy A5 and A7, both these smartphone comes equipped with a blend of glass and metal, an advanced camera and long-lasting battery life.
Initially, the company has announced the second generation of Galaxy A3,A5 and A7smartphones in Indian last December. The Galaxy A5 and A7 does bring some feature upgrades including fingerprint sensor, large battery that looks promising and brilliant, eventhough the main catch is on the performance factor.
However, on the price point it seems to be little high, where the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is priced at Rs. 29,400, and A7 at Rs. 33,400. Samsung has partnered with the online retailer Snapdeal exclusively and users can get their hands-on starting from February 15th. Additionally, as a token of compliment, the company is also givinng 30GB of data for 6 months for Airtel customers.
Anyhow, we got to test the Galaxy A5 and A7 smartphones for some time during the launch event in Malaysia. Do swirl through to know more about the smartphones.
Design and Display
Samsung has unveiled a new era in its Galaxy A series (2016), combining a balance profile made of metal design. To make it more premium at this range, the company has opted for the blend of glass and metal frame on both sides for the Galaxy A5 and A7, ditching the unibody aluminum casing. This Galaxy A series also brings the Fingerprint sensor that is being integrated in the home button, with which you can unlock the device or make payments.
In addition, the company has increased the dimensions of Galaxy A5 with 7.3mm in thickness and weighs around 155grams in return of carrying a larger battery. Talking about the Galaxy A7, now its weigh around 172grams with the thickness of 7.3mm.
Moving on to the display, the Galaxy A5 has grown bit bigger from 5 to 5.2-inch along with the pixel resolution containing 1920x1080 pixles involving Super AMOLED display. On the other hand, the size of Galaxy A7 remains unchanged with 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
Processor and Storage
As far as the processor's concern, the company has raised the bar from Quad-core to Octa-core clocked at 1.6GHz. Both the Galaxy smartphones (A5 and A7) is powered by its home-baked Exynos processor.
However, the difference between the smartphone lies in the storage department! The Samsung Galaxy A5 comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM with an expandable option up to 128GB via microSD card slot.
On the other side, the Galaxy A7 is backed by 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM with an expansion option up to 128GB via microSD card. Samsung has upgraded the storage front, while its predecessor (2015 variant of A5 and A7) accepted microSD card upto 64GB.
However on the camera front, the specification remains unchanged, except the intergration of 'Optical Stablizer' which results in better results when capturing images in low light. Moving on to the camera specifications, the Galaxy A5 and A7 flaunts a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and also capable of recording videos in Full HD.
On the front, the imaging factor is taken care of 5MP camera. The selfie camera also comes with features like Palm Gesture, wide angle selfie and beautifying effect to help people to take great selfies.
Talking about the operating system, the Galaxy A5 and A7 (2016) variant benefits from being recent and shipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box on top of Samsung's TouchWiz UI.
Battery and Connectivity
As we mentioned earlier, both the Galaxy A5 and A7 comes bit thicker this time! Thank you to the battery. In an attempt to help the consumers, the company has upped the battery on both the devices along with fast charging feature.
The Galaxy A5 (2016) is powered by a 2900mAh battery, while the Galaxy A7 (2016) comes with huge 3300mAh battery on board.
Apart from camera, the connectivity options also remain largely unchanged except the Fingerprint sensor. Both the smartphones supports options like WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, NFC and 4G LTE support.
The South Korean giant Samsung has recreated one of its successful Galaxy series with ample upgrades. This time upgrades comes in terms of display, processor, battery capacity and ofcourse the fingerprint sensor.
Also, the company has worked on some design factor to give it a premium feel and look. Overall both the smartphone looks promising and appealing. But at this pricepoint, in this scenario with lots of competitor, the Galaxy A5 and A7 can achieve big by selling it at sub 25K category.