To meet the demand for the middle class smartphones, Samsung offers a new version of its Galaxy A series a few weeks ago. However, most of users may not know what’s difference between the two Samsung devices, and whether the Galaxy A5 worth for the additional cost, today we will show this comparison.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 differs only the size. The design and materials are identical in both devices, the frame is made of metal and the front and rear glass, which is down slightly rounded at the sides. Both units are perfectly finished and make a very high-quality impression. Overall, the Galaxy A3 2016 is due to the smaller size but a bit better in the hand than the Galaxy A5 2016. The smaller unit is also better for single-handed operation.
Both smartphones are available in four colors, including black, white, gold and pink. The color is applied to both the back and on the front. Especially with the black version, fingerprints shows very well.
Display and Camera
Both smartphones feature a Super AMOLED display, which is very bright and very angle-stable. The display of the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 is 4.7 inches and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the display of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 is 5.2 inches t, and dissolves with 1920 x 1080 pixels. Both displays are good, but that of the Galaxy A5 is in direct comparison better because the higher resolution is quite visible on closer inspection. In daily use, the Galaxy A3 offers sufficiently high resolution for all applications without direct comparison. At the Galaxy A5 2016, there is a practical LED notification above the display, which can display, for example, new SMS or WhatsApp messages. Unfortunately, this LED is missing in the A3 2016.
The back camera of the A series both devices is 13 megapixels, the quality is really good on both devices. Especially with macro shots surprisingly beautiful pictures are possible. The Galaxy A5 2016 provides a whole but the slightly better camera, as it is with F1.9 aperture light-sensitive than the A3 and also has an optical image stabilizer, which is to prevent blurred images. Videos are possible for both devices with full HD and the front camera for selfies solves both devices made with 5 megapixels.
Performance and operating system
Both the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 comes with the Android operating system in version 5.1 Lollipop. Whether an update appear on Android 6, is still unclear. The operation is fluid and fast on both devices, a total often but the A5 respond slightly faster to inputs than the A3, possibly due to better hardware. So the Galaxy A5 has built a Octacore processor, while the A3 is delivered only with a quad-core processor. Also, the memory of the A5 is with 2GB slightly larger than the A3, which has only 1.5GB.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 offers excellent radio properties, thanks to LTE Cat6, speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s downstream and up to 50 Mbit/s upload speeds over the wireless network possible. The Galaxy A3 2016 has "only" LTE Cat4 with up to 150 MBit/s. Even with WLAN, the Galaxy A5 has the edge: it supports dual-band WLAN with the latest 802.11ac standard, the A3 contrast, only WLAN 802.11n 2.4 GHz.
Conclusion: Galaxy A3 or A5?
Which of the two Samsung Galaxy A 2016 smartphone should you buy now, the A3 or A5? The A5 is more expensive and provides the better specification in almost every way. The processor is faster, the memory increases, the camera better and Wi-Fi and LTE are significantly more current. The Galaxy A3 is in smaller dimensions and offers an enough specification for common use. If you want a budget smartphone, Galaxy A3 may be a good one, but if you want better experience and can accept high price, Galaxy A5 may be better.