The Samsung Galaxy A5 is Samsung’s mid-range lineup, priced at the 18k range. The Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 were introduced in the year 2017 and Samsung has already started planning to release 3 more models in the next year. Smartphones are evolving by the minute, which is my opinion is like the both sides of a coin. The good thing is with such innovation, people will always have something new to explore. On the contrary, devices that are 1 year old becomes severely outdated and lose the appeal they had just the previous year. Bringing out another lineup of such mid-range devices runs the risk of killing the previous lineup. As usual, rumors have been going around of a 2018 variant of the Samsung Galaxy A5. The specs aren’t confirmed yet and may vary at the time of the actual release.
The 2018 variant of the Samsung Galaxy A5 will sport a 5.7-inch Full HD AMOLED display with a pixel density of ~424 and a resolution of 1980 x 1080. The A5 will also be available in a metal body. The display size and the resolution are impressing, the pixel destiny is not. Such average ppi may not leave pixelated hue on the icons but might make the images look a little bit blocky. People nowadays are used to looking at screens that have a minimum ppi of 400+ pixels per inch. Notching it down into the lower 400s isn’t a good idea. The display will also be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which isn’t too shabby. The A5 also has an IP68 certification which also makes it immune to dust and water damage.
The A5 will be packing an Exynos 8890 64-bit chipset, with an octa-core processor containing A-53 cores and clocked 2.0 GHz. The GPU is a Mali T-880 MP10, which is also a standard inclusion in the 20k range. The device will have an internal storage of 32 GB and 4GB of RAM, which is a setback, given that nowadays, smartphones at this range are offering a minimum of 64GB of internal storage. The memory can be expanded with the help of an SD card all the way up to 256 GB. All in all, though the device looks promising, the specs may hurt the reputation of the A5 in terms of popularity, since there are obviously better options available in the market. It will also be powered by the Android 7.0 (Nougat).
In terms of performance, nothing can be set in stone since only the specs are leaked on the internet. We are still waiting on the test scores. However, devices such as the Galaxy S7 which also has a similar chipset yielded an Antutu benchmark score of 134,828. So when considering the A5, we can expect a score of somewhere in the vicinity of 100,000 to 130,000.
The A5 will be sporting a 16MP rear shooter. Specs include an f/1.9 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization LED flash and a Phase detection autofocus. Video recording is done at 4K resolution i.e., at 2160p@30fps which is quite commendable. The surprising factor is that the front camera also has a 16MP sensor which is quite uncommon for the devices in the Samsung lineup. The company seems to be experimenting with newer things, and although a bigger sensor sounds amazing, no official verdict can be given out until we have tested in real life. The front camera also records videos at Quad HD resolutions i.e., 1440p@30fps.
Samsung is never disappointing in when it comes to cameras and throughout the years, they have been pretty consistent. The new A5 sounds really amazing and should it deliver what it is proposing in the early leak reports, the device could become a hit.
The 2017 variant of the A5 only had a single nano-sim slot, which is yet again a downside since people are used to suing dual-sim phones. The battery is a non-removable 3000 mAh juice box, which isn’t too impressive. Push comes to shove, the battery backup depends vastly on the software optimization of the device, and if Samsung manages to it well, the battery may support the device for a full day. But it is still unlikely for people to opt for the A5 since there are better alternatives available in the market.