Samsung Galaxy A5 in pictures – budget smartphone with flagship features Fri, February 3, 2017
SAMSUNG has just launched its new cut-priced Galaxy A3 and A5 – here's this new phone in pictures.
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Samsung Galaxy A5
Samsung might be about to launch its new Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone but there’s another device which is currently grabbing a lot of attention.
The new Galaxy A5 is the Korean tech firm’s latest mid-range phone which aims to bring premium features at a much lower price.
Samsung says it’s seen a growing number of consumers wanting a quality phone without the horror of flagship monthly bill and this miid-range market is growing rapidly.
Although it might be cheaper than a Galaxy S7 or iPhone, the Galaxy A5 is still packed with features and even includes a waterproof design.
But what’s this device actually like to use?
Express.co.uk has had our hands on the A5 and here’s our initial thoughts.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 has just been released in the UK
When you pick up the new Galaxy A5 it instantly feels like a premium smartphone.
Samsung has included an all-metal frame and glass back on this new device which makes it look and feel like something that should be a lot more expensive.
The subtle curved design and display that almost touches the edge of the phone also add to the flagship feel.
Samsung has squeezed a 5.2-inch HD screen into the A5 and it continues the Korean firm’s tradition of producing stunning displays.
Content looks crisps, clear and there's plenty of colour bursting from the AMOLED screen.
We only had a limited time to test the front and rear 16-megapixel cameras, and we’ll bring you a full review soon, but early impressions appear good and floating shutter, which allows you to move the on-screen button anywhere you wish, is a nice feature.
The A5 is also fully waterproof, has a fingerprint scanner and includes 32GB of expandable memory.
You’ll also find a fast-charging battery inside and a decent 1.9GHz Octa Core processor which appears to offer a slick experience.
Sadly, the A5 is shipping with Android Marshmallow, which is disappointing, although Samsung says a Nougat update is coming soon.
So how much will this new phone actually cost you?
The Samsung Galaxy A5 costs £369 which is clearly a lot cheaper than the current £639 price for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Along with the SIM only price there's also plenty of offers from mobile operators.
Vodafone has launched a deal which offers customers 24GB of UK data for the price of 6GB as part of their Data Extravaganza.
This means Samsung users can pick up a Galaxy A5 for £32 per month (£10 upfront cost) which includes unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 24GB of UK data and 2GB of inclusive roaming data.
Samsung Galaxy A5 cost £369 and is waterproof
We’ve only had a limited time with the A5, and will bring you a full review soon, but initial impression are good.
This mid-range phone looks great and has plenty of flagship extras including a very useful waterproof design and decent fingerprint scanner.
The screen also offers an excellent viewing experience and the camera appears good enough for general snaps of the family.
We'll be testing battery life in the coming weeks but fast charging is nice added bonus should things start running low.
It's shame the A5 is not yet running the latest version of Android but, if Samsung releases Nougat soon, it could make the A5 a very attractive option.
With prices starting on contract from as low as £20.99 per month, Samsung has created a phone with flagship features at a very reason price.