Comparing the Galaxy A5 (2016) to its 2015 Predecessor

With the launch of its revamped Galaxy A (2016) series, Samsung is bringing more high-end features to its mid-range line up. The middle brother of the three, the Galaxy A5 (2016), seems to exemplify Samsung’s current efforts to (re)gain traction in the more affordable sections of the smartphone market, as we find out by taking an in-depth look at the changes versus its 2015 predecessor – even highlighting some major improvements over the Galaxy S6 along the way. The short version: great hardware and features, but despite its optimized TouchhWiz interface, there’s still a lacking Android effort. For the long version, read on.


As a starting point for our comparison between the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A5 (2016), this list of specifications offers a short, bird’s-eye view of the differences and similarities between the two devices:

GALAXY A5 (2016) SM-A510
GALAXY A5 (2015) SM-A500
Super Amoled
5.2 inch
1920 x 1080, 424 ppi
Super Amoled
5 inch
1280 x 720, 294 ppi
Processor Exynos 7580
Octa core, 64 bit,
1.6 GHz
Snapdragon 410
Quad core, 64 bit,
1,2 GHz
16 GB storage
16 GB storage
Body Metal, glass Metal
Camera 13 MP rear, OIS, f/1.9
5 MP front
1080p video
Pro mode with manual white balance,
ISO, light)
13 MP rear, f/2.0
5 MP front
1080p video
Battery 2900 mAh
Fast charging
2300 mAh
Dimensions 145 x 71 x 7.3 mm
155 gram
139 x 70 x 6,7 mm
123 gram
Features Android 5.1.1, FM radio,
Fingerprint reader, latest TouchWiz
FM radio, Android 5.0.2


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