Samsung recently refreshed their A series in the country, with the launch (or should we say re-launch) of two new devices: the A5 (2016) and A7 (2016). Through these two launches, Samsung hopes to revamp its mid-range lineup in India, by combining good specifications and sleek designs within a price point that’s not really at par with the flagships, and not within a budget range either.
The A5 and A7 come with a beautiful metallic design which – while taking cues from other flagships – still retains the trademark Samsung finesse and build that is associated with Samsung’s own flagships, the Note lineup in particular. With a smooth, glossy back panel and a 2.5D curved glass at the front, the A5 and A7 are quite the head turners in the design department.
The A5 and A7 come with nearly similar specifications in all regards, with the most significant difference between them being the size factor.
The display on the smaller sibling – the A5 – is a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, which offers a pixel density of 424ppi. The processor under the hood is a powerful Octa-core 64-bit Exynos 7580 processor which is clocked at 1.6GHz.
Memory capabilities on the device include 2GB of RAM 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded via Micro SD cards. The rear camera is a 13MP snapper with optical image stabilization and an f/1.9 aperture, while the front camera has a resolution of 5MP. Additional camera features include a Pro mode with manual white balance, ISO and exposure adjustment settings.
The battery on the A5 is a 2,900 mAh one. The OS on board is Android 5.1.1 Lollipop that is layered over by the latest version of TouchWiz. Additional features include a Fingerprint sensor and an FM Radio
Key changes over its predecessor – the A5 2015 – include a more powerful processor, a slightly larger display with more resolution, a beefier battery and a more recent version of Android.
The A7 shares the same specifications as that of the A5, barring a few key differences. The memory capacities is one area where the A7 stands out from its sibling, as it offers 3GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded to 128GB via MicroSD cards. The battery is also larger than that of the A5, and the A7 comes with a 3,300 mAh battery which is non removable and supports Samsung’s fast charging technology.
Other notable additions include a separate tray for the Dual SIM slot, a fingerprint sensor and 4G connectivity.
PRICING AND LAUNCH
While the A5 is priced at Rs. 29,400/-, the A7 is priced at Rs. 33,400/-. Colour options for both these devices include gold, black or white, and these phones will be available exclusively on Snapdeal from February 15th onwards