Samsung has been on the top for since it released the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the first Galaxy Note. However, they were always criticized for making smartphones with cheap plastic material even on flagship devices. Competition, aside from Apple, have come up with really impressive design and hardware like the all-metal HTC One M8, the sleek LG G3, or the all-glass and metal Sony Xperia Z3 that looks and feels very premium with the hand.
To counter that, Samsung released the Galaxy Alpha and the A Series. A new line of smartphone made of metal. We were able to play around the Samsung Galaxy A5 and here’s our first impressions.
Samsung Galaxy A5:
- 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
- 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- LTE, HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, NFC
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 2,300 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- SRP: P19,990
- Status: Available on Samsung stores and retailers
We are so happy to report that the Samsung Galaxy A5 is a gorgeous smartphone. You wont be ashamed putting it down your phone on a table with your co-workers using the Apple iPhone 6, HTC One M8, or the Sony Xperia Z3 while in a meeting or simply just hanging out. It is so light that you might ask yourself if the chassis is really metal. The device felt so compact even if it has a large 5-inch display.
Speaking of the display, it has a 5-inch HD display. Sadly, not full HD but the screen is vivid and vibrant just like any other Galaxy smartphones. We have not tested the cameras but we managed to play around the camera interface. We saw some sample photos at the photo gallery and it seems the 13 megapixel and the 5 megapixel camera performs very well. Performance is fast and fluid with noticeable lags here and there due to Samsung’s Touchwiz UI on top of Android, a common problem on many Galaxy smartphones.
Bottomline, it may be a good looking smartphone but we find it a little pricey considering the specs. At P19,990, you can get a more powerful smartphone from a local brand like the Starmobile Knight X (15,990) or the Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus (P13,999). But if looks and premium feel are you no. 1 priority, then look nowhere else and check out the Galaxy A5.