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Comparison: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) vs Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 (2016) vs Galaxy A3




Part of the launching of the 2016 line of the Samsung Galaxy A family are the A5 and A3. They sit below the Galaxy A7 but still sport decent specifications. We compare them to their previous version.

a5(16)-vs-a5

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)Samsung Galaxy A5
5.2-inch Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels), 424ppi5-inch Super AMOLED (720 x 1280 pixels), 294ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Octa-core 1.6GHz1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Adreno 306
2GB RAM2GB RAM
16GB internal storage16GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 128GBExpandable via microSD, up to 64GB
13-megapixel autofocus rear camera w/ OIS, LED flash13-megapixel autofocus rear camera w/ LED flash
5-megapixel front-facing camera5-megapixel front-facing camera
4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-bandWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.1 w/ A2DP, EDR, LEBluetooth 4.1 w/ A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS / BDS GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS
NFCNFC
FM RadioFM Radio
Fingerprint scanner
Non-removable Li-Ion 2900mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 2300mAh battery
Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)Android 4.4.4 KitKat (upgradable to Lollipop)
144.8 x 71 x 7.3 mm139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm
155 g123 g

The Galaxy A5 (2016) gets a screen size bump to 5.2 inches and now sports a full HD resolution. With it is a faster octa-core processor running at 1.6GHz but like with the A7, it is yet an unknown chipset. While the megapixel count of the rear camera remains the same, the optical image stabilization feature is a great welcome. Memory and storage is still at 2GB and 16GB. The battery, however, received an extra 600mAh juice, maxing it out at 2900mAh. The device is noticeably taller (144.8mm vs 139.3mm) and thicker (7.3mm vs 6.7mm) compared to the earlier version.


a3(16)-vs-a3

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)Samsung Galaxy A3
4.7-inch Super AMOLED (720 x 1280 pixels) display, 312ppi4.5-inch Super AMOLED (540 x 960 pixels), 245ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 4101.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Adreno 306Adreno 306
1.5GB RAM1.5GB RAM
16GB internal storage16GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 128GBExpandable via microSD, up to 64GB
13-megapixel autofocus rear camera, LED flash8-megapixel autofocus rear camera, LED flash
5-megapixel5-megapixel
4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1 w/ A2DP, EDR, LEBluetooth 4.1 w/ A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS / BDSGPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS / BDS
NFCNFC
FM RadioFM Radio
Android 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat (upgradable to Lollipop)
Non-removable Li-Ion 2300mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 1900mAh battery
134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm
132 g110.3 g

The Galaxy A3 (2016) now has a slightly bigger screen and it comes with an improved resolution to HD from qHD. The chipset is still the same Snapdragon 410 but has a faster clock speed at 1.5GHz. The camera also received an upgrade to a better 13-megapixel sensor. RAM and internal storage remained the same though. Lastly, the battery is now larger which could equate to longer endurance.

Both smartphones will be available first in China this month and Samsung has yet to announce the pricing. Local availability is expected when the device moves out of the Chinese market.



This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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2 Responses

  1. abhishekahuja says:

    Thanks for post! All the comparison discuss above is excellent and completely understand by everyone. To know more visit Samsung India website.

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