Samsung embraces a better design with the Galaxy A5

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Samsung has always championed function over form, it shows all over their software from Air View, Smart Stare and the ilk. While a no-frills strategy has worked in so many ways for Samsung, most OEMs have finally caught up with features of their own and more. This has led the South Korean chaebol to look to other choices to differentiate their products, in this case design.

Metal, is not exactly new to today’s smartphones, companies like Apple and HTC have long been using metal, focusing on creating a great experience for their users while Samsung always remained hell-bent on plastic. This has been a talking point in reviews each time a new flagship phone from Samsung was unveiled.

Everything the Galaxy S5 should have been

With the Galaxy A5, Samsung is iterating on metal, the same material choice on the just announced Galaxy Alpha and the Note 4.

This inevitably makes the device incredibly light and sturdy. While plastic is not necessarily bad, it doesn’t make the device feel more premium, cold or machine-like. Samsung knows this, and they finally took the turn to add metal to their design.

The rumored A5 is said to sport a 5-inch, 720p, Super AMOLED display which is not exactly the sharpest display on the market (the Galaxy S5 has a 1080p display) but it’ll suffice. Powering the phone is a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor with an internal storage of 16 GB with no support for microSD.

The camera optics are quite standard too, with the rear facing shooter sporting a 13 MP sensor paired with a 5 MP front facing shooter.

It has a 2330mAh battery which is also good enough (it will probably last you through the day) and overall it will be running Touchwiz, Samsung’s skinned version of Android 4.4.4 Kitkat.

If you take a look at the specs, these are not mind boggling specs that some may consider mouthful. But design alone, the A5 looks to me like the phone that is everything the Galaxy S5 should have been.

This change in design is probably a result of the company’s disappointing earnings call and their declining profits in the smartphone business, but nevertheless I think it is a change that most people will welcome.

The Galaxy A5 is expected to be announced sometime in November, alongside its Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A3 brethren.

Image Credit – SamMobile


  1. REWMO

    cameras are measured in pixels (mp) not mb

    1. Zack Chapepa

      Thanks for noticing I think I have that fixed now.

  2. TK

    looks a lot like an iphone 🙂

  3. Elisha

    Looks like the A3 is the only one out of this new rang I might have a real chance of buying, but yeah, its looking good

  4. Khal Drogo

    It looks like Samsung took a few notes out of Apple’s book

  5. REWMO

    Read this before you comment… Steve Jobs’ own words:
    “We have been ‘ShameLESS’ about stealing great ideas”.
    The name ‘Apple’ = The Beatles
    The ‘Apple’ itself =
    The name ‘iPhone’ = Linksys’ iPhone®
    The Name ‘iOS’ = Cisco’s Internet OS (ios)
    Apple Watch = TVG 4G08
    MacBook Air = HP’s 1998 Sojourn Omnibook
    Macsafe = Asian Crockery
    Apple Logo = Genesis 1:6, 3:6
    iMaps = Google Maps (Opps)
    iPad = Samsung´s Photoframe
    iPad Mini = Dell Streak
    iPod = Creative Technology + Walkman
    iCloud = Dropbox + Onedrive
    Siri (Clippy) = Xiaoi Bot + Nuance
    App Store = Ubuntu Software Center
    Apple Pay = Google Wallet
    Original iPhone = Samsung’s S700 Mp3 Player
    iPhone 4 & 4S = LG’s Prada
    iPhone 5c = Lumia 620
    Panorama + Folders = Android
    Notification Bar = Maemo
    Slide to Unlock = Neonode N1m
    Mouse GUI = Xerox
    Reject calls with SMS = Symbian
    Fingerprint sensor (Cracked) = PCs (Safe)
    Smartphone + fingerprint scanner = Motorola Atrix 2011
    Multitasking = webOS
    Copy/paste = WinMobile
    Ping = Facebook, Twitter
    Pinch to zoom = Samsung
    iMessage = BlackBerry Messenger
    iOS Minimalistic = Windows Phone.
    Smartphone Optical Stabilization = Nokia
    Multitouch Smartphone = Bought another company
    Bigger Screen smartphone = Everybody else
    NFC = Everybody Else too
    Thunderbolt = Intel
    OSX, iOS = Unix
    Newton = Psion Series 3, HP 95LX
    Aluminum = Cheapest Metal
    Plastic = ($$$ Reinforced Polymers)
    Security = Buy a new one…
    Sued Samsung:
    At a court 10 miles from Apple HQ.
    With a Judge that was a former Apple

  6. REWMO

    mearnt former apple employee