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Galaxy A5 (2016) or Zenfone 3? Compare Design, Camera, UI and Performance [VIDEO]

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Galaxy A5 and Zenfone 3 seem to offer similar specs but there are a few differences in the two flagships. Which is better?

Galaxy A5 (2016) vs Zenfone 3: Design and build

Galaxy A5 emphasizes heavily on the premium design. It is as elegant as you want a smartphone to be. It's also a sturdy and ergonomic phone with Gorilla Glass 4 on the back and front panels. Zenfone 3 is looking similar to the A5 but the button placements seem to be more convenient in Asus' flagship. For those who prefer curved edges like the the Pixel, iPhone or Oppo, they will love the Zenfone 3 design. GSM Arena lists full technical specifications on both smartphones.

Galaxy A5 (2016) vs Zenfone 3: Performance

The fingerprint scanner in Asus Zenfone 3 responses a little faster than in Galaxy A5. Zenfone 3 is powered by Snapdragon 625 with two RAM options: 3 GB (32 GB of internal) and 4 GB (64 GB of internal) with expandable feature.

It runs Android Marshmallow with optics department sporting 16 MP (dual LED flash, OIS and phase detection autofocus) and 8 MP cameras. It's a VR ready smartphone with LED notification - two things that Galaxy A5 lacks of.

Galaxy A5 OS is upgradable to Marshmallow. It is powered by Snapdragon 615 with 16 GB  internal storage and 2 GB RAM (expandable). The optics department pairs 16 MP and 5 MP cameras with similar features as in Zenfone 3.

Galaxy A5 user interface seems to offer a cleaner look than Zen UI 3.0. It does not have a lot of bloatware and there are many customizable features. When it comes to gaming, Zenfone 3 offers an excellent experience without any considerable lags.

Galaxy A5 packs 3,900 mAh battery capacity wherein Zenfone 3 packs 4,000 mAh. However, Samsung already equips its flagship with fast-charging feature.  

Galaxy A5 (2016) or Zenfone 3?

As far as the design is concerned, Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 offers exceptional quality and build. However, if the overall performance is what matters the most, Asus Zenfone 3 is solid choice. For a more Asus premium phone, Zenfone 3 Deluxe, check here.

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