The Good: A brilliant camera and a long-lasting battery packed in a slim design.
The Bad: Lacks High-Resolution Display.
Bottom-Line: The phone is as good as its price. With a 1.2 GHz processor and 2GB RAM, it is perfect for day-to-day tasks.
Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos: Its camera makes all the difference
The Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos Smartphone stands out because of its wide angle camera that can capture beauty indoor and outdoor alike.
Though it is slimmer and a little bigger than the Samsung A3, this smartphone offers some of the latest features available currently.
Compared to Samsung A7, A5 is only short on resolution and performance, which is bearable.
The package of Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos includes:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Documentation and Guide
Galaxy A5 Duos heavily resembles the Samsung Galaxy S6 in its make and size. The A5 Duos has a 5.2-inch display. Built with metal & glass, this smartphone feels great in the hands. However, it carries some extra weight in comparison with its clone (Galaxy S6), which helps with the grip.
All the buttons are placed on the edges. Volume buttons are placed on the right edge while the power button is placed on the left edge, quite similar to other smartphones of the A-series.
The phone features a resolution of 720*1280 pixels, good enough to watch HD movies. But it certainly lacks the clarity that users demand now, especially when we already have 1440*2560 resolution smartphones available in the market.
The smartphone encompasses Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Casing as the screen cover. This makes the screen less dense and more responsive, supporting light clicks as well.
Samsung has introduced the A series for middle-income groups. So those who cannot afford the Samsung Galaxy S6 can experience all that fun in the form of the Galaxy A5.
The A5 comes equipped with a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display having a resolution of 1080p and a picture density of 424 ppi, showing tolerable picture quality even without using Quad HD display.
On the insides, the Galaxy A5 is equipped with an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 processor having the clock rate of 1.2GHz. It features Adreno 306 GPU which consumes less power during the running period as compared to its predecessor.
To sum it up, the smartphone has a much smoother flow than A3. This means the workflow is not disrupted while an application is being switched, closed, opened or other meager activities are taking place. Moreover, the performance is reliable even while playing games; however, a few drops in performance might be witnessed from time to time.
These are the Antutu benchmarks of Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos. It is much better than Grand Prime and Core Prime, two of its step-siblings. But it is far below Oppo R5 and Galaxy Alpha in terms of performance.
That said, the benchmark scores of this smartphone, although extremely impressive, indicate that the device is satisfactory as a useful companion for daily operations.
The A5 Duos features a 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot, expandable to 64GB. Apart from this, it supports 2 SIM cards – hence it is beneficial for people having multiple SIM cards. However, you will have to choose between the second SIM or the microSD card because both of these are planted together.
For the audio, the smartphone features a single speaker placed at the bottom-right side of the phone. The audio quality is pretty decent but the placement sometimes obstructs the sound, particularly if the phone is held in a landscape orientation.
As far as the other features are concerned, A5 Duos entails a dual-band wifi – it can be converted into a hotspot if needed – a Bluetooth, GPS, Radio and a USB port.
With a 13MP camera and an aperture size of f/2.0, the A5 Duos smartphone can capture some very fine-tuned photos. The only problem with this smartphone is its fixed aperture that makes indoor photos look gloomy, especially in low light. But the fine-quality of outdoor photos justifies this drawback.
The smartphone also carries a 5MP secondary (or front) camera having f/2.2 aperture. A bigger aperture size means a wider focus. The user will be able to grab wider shots through the front camera but the details will be minimal because of low megapixel value.
A5 Duos has a non-removable Li-Ion 2300mAh battery, which means it can run seamlessly on high-power for a complete day. The user can play games, run movies and it will still last for about 12 hours.
Though an entry-level phone, Samsung A5 Duos packs enough power to challenge the high-end smartphones of the market. With an HD display, a high-quality camera & quad-core processor, this phone is a fine bet for its price.