Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) vs Galaxy A5

The brand new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is now available, let's check out what's new...
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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) vs Galaxy A5

What’s changed in a year?

Following the success of the 2015 Galaxy A-series, Samsung is back with a new model operating under the same name. Here's what’s new and how the two stack up…

Refreshed design

The new model feels a lot more solid to hold than the last, with a polished glass rear replacing the plastic. The camera bump’s also been filed down, so the phone sits a lot more flush when laid face-up on a flat surface. The volume rocker and power buttons feel a lot more solid too, now without the plastic clicky sound when pressed.

Hardware-wise, the screen is a little bigger, now at 5.2-inches and with Full HD resolution, boosting the pixels per inch count up from 294ppi to 424ppi. You can really see a difference in both clarity and colour quality when putting the two side-by-side - and as there’s less bezel on the new model, the screen looks even more impressive than we could have hoped.

Camera quality

The camera has remained the same in terms of megapixel count at 13MP, but has received an improvement in aperture. It now clocks in at f/1.9, meaning you’ll be able to take more light into your photos. More light equals higher quality results, alongside a deeper depth of field, giving you that professional-looking background blur.

On the inside

Under the hood there’s also been an overhaul, starting with a new octa-core processor, which will keep the phone running at top speed even if you’re using lots of different apps at once. And with all this improved specs, you’re going to need a bigger battery – that’s why Samsung has bumped the cell capacity up to 2,900mAh from 2,300mAh.

Verdict

The A5 (2016) is, by and large, an all-round improvement on its predecessor – very close to spec-matching the Galaxy S5 Neo. It no longer feels like a mid-range smartphone, and happily sits a lot closer to the flagship device Samsung is so famous for.

Sound good? To register your interest in the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016), click here to make sure you get your hands on it first.

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