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Samsung Galaxy A5 hands-on

Who said the midrange had to look classless? Not Samsung – the Galaxy A5 is a grand exclamation to the opposite – it’s an upper midrange smartphone with a quality build and quality specs all without pushing you to flagship-worthy expenses.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 flaunts a 6.7mm body with an exquisite flat metal frame with metal buttons, a white pearl finish that flashes different nuances under light, a 5″ 720p panel of Super AMOLED quality up front and a very acceptable weight of 123g.

Before we get started you can have a look at our quick video hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy A5 below.

Right from the get go it becomes clear that Samsung has put a lot of emphasis on the build quality. Metal meets pleasant matte surfaces and precision-cut buttons and microphone pinholes dictate how the Galaxy A5 feels. Its edges are slightly chamfered while the outer surface of the metal frame has received a coat of paint.

The display isn’t truly in retina territory at 294 ppi but is still quite sharp and we didn’t spot any pixelation. Super AMOLED is among our favorite panels and its good qualities shine on the Samsung Galaxy A5 too. The contrast is superb and colors pop right out of the display. Blacks are also very impressive.

Samsung Galaxy A5

The Samsung Galaxy A5 has a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chipset to push things along, coupled with 2GB of RAM. Imaging is covered by a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP one on the front. Both are capable of a maximum video resolution of 1080p.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 also comes in Dual-SIM flavor. The secondary SIM card slot doubles as a microSD card slot, so essentially you have to choose whether you need the storage expansion or a second SIM card inside.

Th Galaxy A5 will get the attention of people looking for a quality smartphone with premium build. it certainly got our attention. You can expect our full review next week.


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