Samsung SM-A500H – Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos

Written by Sandeep Likhar

Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos (Samsung SM-A500H) Smarter selfie shooting phone which is Sturdy and Light but Too Expensive 

The first Samsung smart phone with a full metal body, the Samsung GALAXY A5 boasts an innovative, luxurious design and a stunning 5″ HD sAMOLED display. You can feel the premium quality of the sleek full metal body in your hand. And with unique colors, you can choose the Samsung GALAXY A5 that best fits your personality and style.

  • CPU: Quad-Core, 1.2GHz
  • Display: Super AMOLED, 1280 x 720 (HD)
  • Resolution: CMOS 13.0 MP
  • Premium metal design and stylish colors (White, gold, pink, silver)

New interface and sound

Its newly designed interface offers a diverse range of changeable themes on your A5. Plus, new ringtones, startup, touch, and notification sounds.

Fun selfie experience with animated GIF

Sometimes you need more than one photo to show what

Efficient power use

Ultra Power Saving mode dramatically reduces battery consumption by shutting down unnecessary functions, ensuring your phone is available when you really need it.

 Powerful performance

Equipped with a 1.2 GHz Quad core processor, the GALAXY A5 runs at geek speeds.

  • OS-Android
  • Display-5.0″ (126.3mm)
  • Camera-CMOS 13.0 MP

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  • Multi-SIM-Dual-SIM
  • SIM size-Nano-SIM (4FF)
  • Infra-3G WCDMA
  • 2G GSM-GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
  • 3G UMTS-B1(2100), B2(1900), B5(850), B8(900)


  • ANT+-Yes
  • USB Version-USB 2.0
  • Location Technology-GPS, Glonass
  • Earjack-3.5mm Stereo
  • MHL-No
  • Wi-Fi-802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40
  • Wi-Fi Direct-Yes
  • DLNA Support-No
  • Bluetooth Version-Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC-No
  • Bluetooth Profiles-A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP
  • PC Sync.-Kies



  • Technology (Main Display)-Super AMOLED
  • Size (Main Display)-5.0″ (126.3mm)
  • Resolution (Main Display)-1280 x 720 (HD)
  • Color Depth (Main Display)-16M
  • S Pen Support-No


  • CPU Speed-1.2GHz
  • CPU Type Quad-Core


  • RAM Size (GB)-2 GB
  • ROM Size (GB)-16 GB
  • External Memory Support-MicroSD (Up to 64GB)


  • Video Recording Resolution-FHD (1920 x 1080) @30fps
  • Main Camera – Resolution-CMOS 13.0 MP
  • Front Camera – Resolution-CMOS 5.0 MP
  • Main Camera – Flash-Yes
  • Main Camera – Auto Focus-Yes


  • Sensors-Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Sensor


  • Removable-No

Audio and Video

  • Video Playing Format-MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Video Playing Resolution-FHD (1920 x 1080) @30fps

Services and Applications

  • S-Voice-Yes
  • Mobile TV-No


LetsDnD Verdict


  • Good design
  • Great cameras
  • Lightweight


  • Expensive
  • Battery life could have been better

Samsung went on to release a new Galaxy A series, which followed the same design principles of the Alpha. The first of these phones to be released were the Galaxy A5/A5 Duos and the Galaxy A3/A3 Duos. The Galaxy A5 Duos is a 5-inch smart phone with a mediocre SoC, which is a bit of a downer for the price it demands.

We have judged this phone on number of criteria’s like

Specifications and software

The Galaxy A5 Duos can connect to Wi-Fi a/b/g/n networks and also features Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The primary camera can capture 13-megapixel images while the secondary one can shoot 5-megapixel selfies. The phone has a 2,300Ah battery.

Samsung has fitted the Galaxy A5 Duos with a decidedly low-end 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with Adreno 306 GPU, though at least it has 2GB of RAM. This is the same hardware that powers the Lenovo A6000 Plus and the Yu Yureka  – both of which are a whole lot less expensive than the Galaxy A5 Duos.

The Galaxy A5 Duos has 16GB of ROM plus of course the microSD card slot for increasing the storage space by up to 64GB. One of the SIM cards supports 4G networks even on the Indian 2300MHz band.

What we hear the screen is not full-HD. How could Samsung put stack on its display which must be primary concern for the quality brand like Samsung.

The 5-inch Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 720×1280 is vibrant and colorful. You would be hard pressed to discern individual pixels and the crisp display is a delight to use. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. The viewing angles and sunlight legibility are pretty good. The phone runs Android 4.4.2 with Samsung’s colorful Touchwiz skin on top of it. Again it’s KitKat we could hope that Galaxy A5 Duos will soon get updated to Android Lollipop.

Performance and camera

Multitasking in this phone has no issues. It performs well and Samsung seems to have optimised Touch wiz which is really well. Gaming is not this phone’s DNA. Heavy games would not work well.

Videos, including heavily encoded videos play without any issues.

The sound of the speaker is too hollow and doesn’t get loud enough, though the bundled earphones are of really good quality. The sound quality in calls was pretty. The phone lasts 7 hours and 42 minutes which is decent. Even with normal usage, the battery died before our day ended.

The 13-megapixel camera on the Galaxy A5 Duos is a good shooter. The only problem with the camera is that it can’t handle bloom properly without the HDR mode.

The 5-megapixel front camera can take some incredibly good shots. We really think Samsung should have marketed this as a selfie phone because the quality is that good.

Look and feel with part placements

However, the phone is not going to really grab attention with its looks.
it is very light, at 123g. Moreover, it also feels really comfortable to hold and use with one hand because of its compact dimensions of 139.3×69.7×6.7mm.

The primary camera is placed on a bump in the rear, which makes it susceptible to scratches. To the left of the lens is the flash module, and interestingly the speaker is a symmetrical cutout to its right.

The 3.5mm audio port, Micro-USB port, and a microphone lie on the bottom of the phone.

The chamfered edges are especially nice to touch. Build quality of the Galaxy A5 Duos.

The power button is placed on the right edge of the phone. There are two SIM trays on the right edge – one of which doubles up as a microSD card tray. This means that you can’t use a memory card if you intend to use two SIM cards at a time we think it’s not an appreciable thing. The left edge houses the volume rocker which feels the same as the power button.

Samsung’s trademark oblong ‘Home’ button, which is flanked by the ‘Recents’ and the ‘Back’ button. The earpiece, ambient light sensor, and the front camera are present on top of the display along with Samsung’s logo.

Our final word for Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos selling for around Rs. 22,000. Frankly, this is a little too steep by any standard. You can get significantly more powerful phones for the same price or less like the Lenovo A6000 Plus and Yu Yureka are available for a fraction of the cost. We are not saying that the Galaxy A5 Duos is a bad phone. In fact, it is well-rounded and does everything well. It only needs to be a lot more realistic and a lot less expensive.

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Sandeep Likhar

Sandeep Likhar from Indore India, Blogger, eBook Designer and Founder of LetsDnD. Having five years of experience in industry as a Digital Publishing Expert and eBook Converter providing services to Authors, Publishers and distributors worldwide. Proficient in converting books into various formats HTML, epub, mobi, word, PDF including all major online platforms iTunes, Kobo, Kindle, Createspace, B&N, Smashwords and more.

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