It is now official that Samsung will no longer be releasing the Galaxy S6 Mini as expected.
Instead, the company will be unveiling a new series of Galaxy A smartphones.
Having already rolled out the 2015 versions of the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, Samsung is now planning on bringing the improved versions of these devices to the U.S. soil after launching them in Europe.
Release date and pricing
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is already available for sale in Europe and at the moment, it exchanges hands at the equivalent of $399. This pricing makes this phone a mid-range device, but given the set of specs it comes with, it is easy to group it among the top-end devices of the midlevel class.
The Galaxy A5 (2016) falls in the same books as the Nexus 5X or Honor 7, but it only costs about $50 less than the base model of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S6. Given this small difference in pricing yet the S6 is a premium phone with top-end features, it might be a little hard for the Galaxy A5 (2016) to make an impact on the market, but who knows!
Design and display quality
Samsung went for the same design and finish as far as this year’s Galaxy A series models are concerned. The phone has a stylish metallic finish as the Galaxy S6, and it resembles the latter when looked at the rear and frontal views. However, just like the A3, this device comes with a 2.5D rounded edge that merges the glass and metal frame. Both rear and front ends of the Galaxy A5 (2016) are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. At the moment, the phone has three color variants: black, white and gold.
The 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen that comes with this device can manage a Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels that offer one of the best contrast ranges. You will also enjoy rich, deep colors to ensure your watching and gaming experience is impressive than ever.
Software and performance
Samsung has been making changes to its stock software where this year’s Galaxy A5 now comes with fewer pre-installed apps when compared to other previous models. You won’t come across apps that you will never use on this device, but Google has its set of apps preinstalled on the device as well.
The phone runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and just like previous models of the company; the TouchWiz UI is present.
Getting deeper into the Galaxy A5 phone will bring you across an old buddy in the shape of an octa-core Exynos 7580 CPU that is clocked at 1.6GHz. The phone has a RAM of 2GB and an internal storage of 16GB, but this can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 128GB.
Camera and battery unit
Smartphone cameras have taken the place of digital cameras. In fact, smartphone OEMs have not been disappointing in the recent past, with Samsung being on top of the list. The new Galaxy A smartphone has a 13MP lens on the back with a f/1.9 aperture and is fitted with OIS technology to ensure no blurred images are taken in case of shaky hands. The same aperture comes with the selfie camera, but it has a smaller lens of 5MP.
Samsung installed a 2900mAh battery unit in this year’s Galaxy A5, making it 600mAh larger than its predecessor. It only takes about an hour to charge this battery fully since the phone comes with fast charging.