Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 (samsung-a5)

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2015)
Samsung Galaxy A5
Samsung Galaxy A5
Manufacturer Samsung
Name Galaxy A5 (2015)
Codename samsung-a5
Released 2014
Category community
Original software Android 4.4.4
postmarketOS kernel Mainline
Hardware
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
CPU 4x 1.2 Ghz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 306
Display 5 inch 16:9, 720 x 1280 AMOLED
Storage 16 GB
Memory 2 GB
Architecture aarch64
Unixbench Whet/Dhry score 912.7
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Works
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Partial
WiFi
Works
FDE
Works
Mainline
Works
Battery
Partial
3D Acceleration
Works
Audio
Works
Bluetooth
Works
Camera
Broken
GPS
Works
Mobile data
Works
SMS
Works
Calls
Works
USB OTG
Partial
NFC
Works
Sensors
Accelerometer
Works
Magnetometer
Works
Ambient Light
Broken
Proximity
Broken
Hall Effect
Works
Misc
Ir TX
TrustZone


This device is based on Snapdragon 410.
See the SoC page for common tips, guides and troubleshooting steps

Contributors

Users owning this device


Installation

There are several ways to install postmarketOS on Samsung Galaxy A5 2015. All of them require you to flash lk2nd.

First, install lk2nd:

lk2nd is a secondary bootloader that provides a standard fastboot interface.

  1. Download lk2nd-msm8916.img from Releases page on Github.
  2. Boot your phone to bootloader (download) mode by holding Volume Down and Home while powering up.
  3. Follow lk2nd instructions to install lk2nd. Basically flash it to boot partition (heimdall flash --BOOT lk2nd-msm8916.img)
  4. Follow Qualcomm_Snapdragon_410/412_(MSM8916)#Installation to install postmarketOS.
Note Note: Enter lk2nd fastboot mode by pressing only Volume Down + Power (without Home). Pressing Home additionally will bring you to the Samsung Download mode.

Audio

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Warning!
The speakers are rather loud on 100% volume and may produce distorted sound that may damage your speakers after long use. Please make sure to use reasonable volumes - your ears and your speaker will thank you!

Screen

Screen works partially. While displaying the UI works fine, adjusting the brightness doesn't work.

Touch keys

See Tm2-touchkey.

Plasma Mobile

Plasma mobile currently works on A5 2015, but you should set custom scaling factor to 2.

kscreen-doctor output.1.scale.2 should work.

To run this command from ssh session add the following env variables to the above command:

XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/10000 QT_QPA_PLATFORM=wayland kscreen-doctor output.1.scale.2

Plasma works smoothly, but there are some graphical glitches sometimes.

Battery

rt5033 charger driver is not available, so the charging is not controlled and there is no charging status reporting.

USB OTG

Another rt5033 charger driver issue. A5 is currently unable to power up a usb device in mainline. Try a hub with external power supply.

Ambient Light/Proximity Sensor

The driver for tmd3782 ambient light/proximity sensor is not available.

Photos

See also