The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Dual-SIM is the new edition of the quasi eponymous predecessor from 2014. For a slightly higher price of offerssuccessors inter alia from 5.0 "to 5.2" extended screen size . At the same time Samsung has as the newer Android version 5.1 up-played and also the maximum amount of external memory of 64 GB to 128 GB restocked. , In Germany typical for Samsung phones , officially only the variant with a single SIM slot commercially - by importing one also gets the A5 as a dual SIM phone . For whom the purchase could be worth and how does the Galaxy A5 (2016) from the test?
Samsung Galaxy A5 dual SIM 2016 test / report
  • Android 5.1.1
  • 5.2 inch inch display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Octa-core processor (4x 1.5 + 4x 1.2 GHz)


Has the old version of Super AMOLED displays been satisfied by 1280 pixels, with a resolution of 720 x, the new Samsung Galaxy A5 appears with a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The diagonal has, as mentioned, somewhat enlarged, it is located in the new version at 132.1 mm (5.2 inches) compared to 127 mm in the old version (5.0 inches). Both enhancements affect a positive effect on the pixel density. It is located in the new version at 424 ppi, while the old version had to offer only 294 ppi.

operating system

It should be no surprise that Samsung is also in the new version back to Android as an operating system. This, however, was updated compared to the previous to version 5.1. Not the latest version (which would currently v6.0.1) but perfectly adequate for current requirements. In addition, the new Samsung Galaxy A5 has with TouchWiz 2015 a new user interface that will provide additional convenience. It works according to the manufacturer significantly faster than previous versions.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Dual-SIM design

Despite 5.2 inch display builds the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Dual sim very flat and is relatively easy to handle. The slightly beveled edges provide a better grip in the test. In addition, the all-metal enclosure is very stable.

Mobile Internet

Also in the mobile Internet, the new Samsung Galaxy A5 dual-SIM has been upgraded. The maximum possible LTE speed in uploading and downloading has s respectively doubled from 50 to 100 Mbit / s or 150 to 300 Mbit / s. If the own mobile contract allows. As with many import models you have to pay attention to a restriction but in LTE. In Germany there are three LTE frequencies (800 MHz in most rural areas, 1800 and 2600 MHz in urban areas). Since Samsung had been selling in Germany is not provided, the frequency 800MHz missing. The other two bands (1800 and 2600 MHz) supports A5 dual SIM, however. Who does not only want to surf on the go: Newly listed is particularly fast WLAN standard IEEE 802.11ac - very good if you want to go home or café wirelessly online without consuming surfing volume of the Mobile Phone Contracts. By the way: When Bluetooth the 2016er model can also specify. Version 4.1 is the standard there, whereas in the previous version only 4.0 was available. One possibility would be known already Bluetooth 4.2, which is not supported.

SIM slots

Nano-SIM cards are required for operation. This is the smallest form of SIM cards. The A5 also works with a SIM. Moreover, both cards jewels can disable individually - if you after work would not accept any more calls on the company number eg. This works easily via a menu item under "Settings> SIM card". Both cards or so both phones are always ready to receive the same. But as soon as you make a call with one of the phones, the other is meanwhile signed out of their network. Just as you know it when you on his cell phone just no reception. Callers hear the appropriate announcement - or to set up a phone number redirection. This is what the Android menu an option available. If you click on them, one can pass from one to another phone calls as desired. So you do not miss calls professional if you privately speaking from the other line. However, these diversions money may cost. What exactly, depends on your own mobile contract. Smartphones that can make calls on both phones, we have long not had the test, the so-called "dual sim standby" used by the A5 is currently the common technique.


The older model was shipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. In the newer version a Exynos now makes 7580 processor for computing power. In addition, the chip quad-core, ie 4 cores were changed to octa-core. The frequency of the processor has improved in the new version from 1.2 to 1.6 GHz. The microSD card slot as already mentioned also upgraded. In Galaxy A5 dual SIM test it can process compatible memory cards with a maximum size of 128 GB. The old version supported more than half of capacity.

battery pack

Both the former and the current A5 is equipped with a Li-Ion battery. This was in the remake but a little improved. The older version had a capacity of 2,300 mAh. Now the 2016er edition comes on much more: 2,900 mAh are available. As before, however, the new battery is not replaceable - the full metal housing prevents a removable back cover.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) in the test

The differences between the dual SIM version and the officially marketed in Germany single-SIM variant are low. They relate basically only the extra usable number of 2. SIM card and the appropriate settings in Android menu. The rest of the hardware is identical. Therefore, it is worthwhile taking a look at the reviews toss, who have dealt in detail with the A5. Very good display, liquid handling and good battery life are the clear advantages of the smartphone. Weaknesses are to be found in the camera's performance, in performance and in price. Very good battery life, good camera and bright display. Negative the Touch Wiz's surface, because it is prone to delays.Furthermore, the device has no Benachrichtiguns LED. Very good, bright display, powerful processor. The camera is solid and provides good results. Negative are the many preinstalled apps. This can not be uninstalled and take away space.


provides for its price Top dual SIM smartphone, the above-average hardware and a high-quality metal housing at a good price. Whom the Galaxy S series is too expensive, the look and user interface of Samsung phones but like, you can buy here with a 5.2-inch phone the main advantages significantly cheaper. Unfortunately, the manufacturer sells the Galaxy A5 (2016) Dual-SIM not even in Germany - therefore you have to order it via import. The experience shows can take about 10 days.
  • Full metal housing
  • Very good price / performance ratio
  • Good processor performance
  • Available only via import
  • Preloaded Apps free space

Technology and mobile Details

property value
Display / Screen size 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display WQHD
resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels, 518 ppi
operating system announced Android 6.0 update to 7.0 ()
main camera 12.0 megapixels
front camera 5 megapixel
SIM 1 Nano SIM
SIM 2 Nano SIM
transmission standards LTE, UMTS, GPRS
Supported frequencies LTE / 4G: 800/1800/2600 MHz UMTS / 3G: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz GSM / 2G: 1900 MHz
processor Octa-Core 2.15 GHz
memory 4 GB of RAM 64 GB of internal memory
sensors Bullets
battery pack 3500 mAh
Dimensions 15.35 x 7.39 x 0.79 cm
weight 169 g

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