Samsung, at its Southwest Asia Discussion board 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, introduced particulars of its new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 version smartphones for the Indian market. The handsets had been first unveiled final yr in China, although the corporate had not disclosed something in regards to the availability of the 2 refreshed fashions outdoors China at the moment.
The Galaxy A collection was first launched in late 2014, and now the South Korean big claims that it has contributed to extend in its worldwide 4G market share, together with the J-series. In keeping with Samsung, its share in 4G units elevated from 25.9 % in December 2014 to 60.6 % in December 2015. The corporate nonetheless declined to share precise numbers.
We spent a while with each the brand new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 version smartphones on the launch occasion and listed here are our first impressions.
On the press briefing in Kuala Lumpur, Samsung pressured that the brand new era Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 are designed utilizing glass and metallic. This was evident after we first held the units in our fingers. Each the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and the Galaxy A7 (2016) take design cues from final yr’s flagship, the Galaxy S6. Each telephones have metallic frames that give them a sturdy really feel, whereas the rear has an all-glass look. You possibly can see the physique color by the glass.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy Be aware 5 and Galaxy S6 collection, the rear panels of the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) are very shiny, making it laborious for us to them with out reflections. Regardless of using glass on the rear, we had been assured of utilizing each the units with out them slipping from our fingers. The telephones are comfy to carry with one hand regardless of each having screens bigger than 5 inches. The entrance panels on each are primarily dominated by their screens, with the Samsung brand embossed above. The audio system are housed on the underside they usually did sound louder than common, although not likely distinctive.
The bodily residence button, which is a design contact discovered on the complete vary of Samsung Galaxy units, sits under the show on each telephones, with the fingerprint reader embedded into its floor. Fingerprint recognition may be thought of one of many largest additions to the 2016 Galaxy A-series. Oddly, the items showcased on the launch occasion had their fingerprint scanners disabled for some cause. Samsung executives promised that the function might be out there in industrial items of each the Galaxy A5 (2016) and the Galaxy A7 (2016). On both facet of the bodily residence button are the capacitive Recents and Again buttons which mild up solely when touched.
Listed below are the complete specs of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) smartphones.
For the second-generation Galaxy A collection, Samsung has used its in-house Exynos processors. The primary-generation Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7 used Qualcomm-based chipsets.
The Galaxy A5 (2016) is powered by an octa-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz clubbed with 2GB of RAM and has 16GB of inbuilt storage. The Galaxy A7 (2016) additionally packs an octa-core Exynos SoC clocked at 1.6GHz and 16GB of storage, however is supplied with 3GB of RAM. For shows, the Galaxy A5 (2016) includes a smaller 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920-pixel) Tremendous Amoled show whereas the Galaxy A7 (2016) sports activities a 5.5-inch full-HD Tremendous Amoled show. Each telephones have 13-megapixel rear cameras with LED flashes and optical picture stabilisation (OIS), and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras. The rear cameras on each the handsets function f/1.9 aperture lenses. Very like the first-generation Galaxy A-series, the brand new Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) help 4G LTE. Samsung mentioned that the items help LTE Cat. 6 connectivity which permits as much as 300Mbps downloads. Different connectivity choices embrace Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth four.1, ANT+, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, USB 2.zero and NFC connectivity choices. Each telephones include dual-SIM help and Samsung has specified that the microSD card slot is separate from the second Nano-SIM slot, so you are not pressured to decide on one or the opposite.
The Galaxy A5 (2016) is backed by a 2900mAh battery whereas the Galaxy A7 (2016) comes with a 3300mAh battery. In comparison with the earlier era, each telephones have improved battery capacities. To recall, the Galaxy A5 2015 version included a 2300mAh battery and the Galaxy A7 got here with a 2600mAh battery. Samsung has additionally added quick charging help to each telephones. Extremely Energy Saving Mode, which Samsung claims is cherished by customers in India, has additionally been added within the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) telephones.
The software program on the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) telephones regarded a lot the identical as on the first-generation Galaxy A collection with very minor tweaks and additions. Each telephones run the corporate’s customized UI on prime of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Google and Microsoft apps, as additionally seen on different high-end Galaxy telephones, are displayed prominently. We didn’t come throughout any main software program adjustments in our restricted time with the units. Samsung mentioned it has no present plans to launch a Marshmallow replace, when requested about attainable timeframes for the brand new Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016).
Within the restricted time spent with the handsets, we noticed that they dealt with multitasking and Web looking fairly simply with none lags. We are going to reserve our verdict on Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) efficiency till we get an opportunity to place them by paces for an in depth assessment.
In our temporary assessments of the cameras, we discovered that pictures taken with the Galaxy A7 (2016) in regular indoor lighting had been vibrant with correct colors. The pictures taken with the Galaxy A5 (2016) beneath the identical situations had minor noise on the edges. Low-light pictures on each telephones additionally regarded good. The cameras protrude barely from the our bodies, like those on different high-end Galaxy smartphones.
The entrance cameras on each units additionally managed to seize some respectable selfies. We must wait until we will run these telephones by our full assessment course of to resolve whether or not the cameras on the second-generation Galaxy A5 and A7 are higher than these supplied by the competitors.
The Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) smartphones have been launched in India with worth tags of Rs. 29,400 and Rs. 33,400 respectively. Each telephones will go on sale beginning February 15 and might be out there in bodily retail as effectively on-line by Snapdeal. To woo prospects, Samsung additionally introduced a bundled Airtel information plan which can give customers as much as 30GB of information free over six months.
At this worth level, the most important competitor to the Galaxy A5 (2016) is the OnePlus 2, which is at the moment retailing at Rs. 24,999. Motorola’s Moto X Model, priced at Rs. 29,999, can also be out there at across the similar worth.
The Galaxy A7 (2016), alternatively, must tackle Samsung’s 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S6, which is now retailing for Rs. 33,900 through the corporate’s official India e-store.
Disclosure: Samsung sponsored the correspondent’s journey and lodge for the occasion in Kuala Lumpur.