Back in December 2015, Samsung was releasing the 2016 variant of the Galaxy A5, a mid-range smartphone with a glass back panel. The phone came pre-loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but, recently, it was upgraded to 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Now, a new version of this phone was spotted in the wild, which means that Samsung is not working on a successor, but on a refresh which will carry the model number SM-A520F. Rumors suggest that the upgraded Galaxy A5 will receive a faster Exynos processor and more RAM.
The “refreshed” Galaxy A5 was spotted by Polish blog Tablety on Geekbench and GFXBench, where the phone had an upgraded processor. The current Galaxy A5 is powered by a Snapdragon 615 / Exynos 7580 processor which is backed by 2GB of RAM. The upgraded version could receive the octa-core Exynos 7880 processor, which would run much faster with 3GB of RAM and Mali T830 graphics. Also, the internal memory is expected to be doubled to 32GB, and it won’t be a problem to expand its capacity using a microSD card.
The rear camera will be upgraded from 13MP to 16MP, but it wasn’t specified if the resolution of the front camera will be increased. However, it will support an aperture of f/1.9, which is the same as the one from the current A5. As for the battery, it could be increased from 2900mAh to 3000mAh, which would be a minor bump that’s required to handle the faster processor.
Most likely, the new version of the A5 will come pre-installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with TouchWiz on top of it. The possible release date is December 2016-January 2017, but Samsung could choose to hasten the launch, if it will make the software adjustments in line with the hardware tweaks. Most likely, Samsung will refresh the smaller A3 and the A7 phablet, as well.
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