Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
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  • Misc: Fingerprint reader, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, Samsung Pay
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: nano SIM (dual SIM version available); LTE (Cat. 6); Wi-Fi ac; Bluetooth 4.2; FM Radio; USB Type-C; 3.5mm jack
  • Camera: Primary 16MP, f/1.9, 27mm; Secondary 16MP, f/1.9
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM; 32GB storage, dedicated microSD slot for expansion
  • Chipset: Exynos 7880, 14nm process
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow; Samsung Grace UX; Nougat update in the works
  • Screen: 5.2" 1080p Super AMOLED screen (424ppi); Always On Display
  • Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 4 display protection
  • Functional UI, Samsung Pay support, IP86 rating, Ergonomic size, good build
  • No 4K video recording at a price point, where you can find plenty of phones that support it.
  • Android is still Marshmallow, though an update is coming.
  • Somewhat expensive - the Galaxy S6 can be had for less, the S7 is slightly pricier, but will certainly dip in a couple of months when the S8 comes out.
  • Weak speaker for media playback, Autofocus is slow, struggles in macros .

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is not necessarily a bargain with the price north of 400 dollars or Euros, but Samsung was obviously keen to position this phone a notch higher than last year’s a Series .

build quality and looks is one particular area where the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 can stand up to flagship grade scrutiny, Samsung’s glass and metal combination is getting as refined with each iteration and we admit we’re fans of this design .

the curves on the back make the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 a joy to handle, we also like the way the glass surface on the back feels, if only in wearing such as smudge vest .

on the front we find again a fingerprint reader embedded in the home button and it works just as well as on the Samsung Galaxy S7 which means it’s dependable but not the fastest we’ve seen .

the loudspeaker is placed on the right side of the phone right over the power button, we’re glad to see the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack .

the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 uses the latest USBC port something the s7 doesn’t even have, there’s even a microSD slot on the top of the phone to expand the existing storage .

one of the most notable changes with the Galaxy A5 2017 is the always-on display which comes with the same level of functionality as on the s7 . Read More : Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

in addition to the clock or the calendar it will also show app notification icons, a less obvious upgrade is the IP68 certified dust and water resistant a rare feature on a mid-range device even in the premium segment .

the AMOLED screen on the front delivers a traditional punch in contrast in colors, but there’s also a super color accurate screen mode for the time as you need one .

the screen brightness is as high as on the galaxy s7 and even though our camera will often capture the backlight pulsating, this is not something you’d notice in person .

the Galaxy A5 2017 fared better than the s7 in all of our screen on battery tests, the galaxy a5 ships with Android 6.0.1 marshmallow which is surprising for a new device, but an Android nougat update is reportedly heading around the corner .

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the UI on the new a5 has seen some changes compared to what we have on the s7, the update is called grace UX, and while it doesn’t look all that different, it comes with a few new features . Read More : Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro

for one there’s 3d touch a longer press on an app icon offers you several options, unfortunately the functionality is still basic and not tied to a particular app .

the Galaxy a5 uses a brand-new Exynos chipset and we were eager to test out how it performed, it’s an improved version of the older external chip used in the j7 2016 and the a3 2017 .

our tests showed that the new chipset performs quite similarly to the snapdragon 625, the two often trade the leading spot depending on which benchmark can use and the difference is never huge .

the only area where the Exynos chipset is the undisputed leader is the graphics department, life is not all number crunching though, camera performance is important and unfortunately there is still no 4k video recording .

the 1080p video we recorded turned out quite good with mesh levels of detail and low noise, colors are rendered quite nicely as well, but we feel the lack of video stabilization is unacceptable . Read More : Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2

the image quality from the main camera is quite good and the photos have little noise and pleasantly vivid colors, the selfie camera is another 16 megapixel sensor and while the images it takes are really good it has such a shallow depth of focus that you need to pay extra attention to position yourself in the cameras fixed focal range .

so it’s time to wrap this up, the Galaxy a5 has an excellent design and build quality and a top-notch display, you also can’t beat the waterproofing for the extra peace of mind it offers .

the defining feature of this a5 must be the power efficiency that comes with the 40 nanometer chipset, there’s only one thing that’s wrong with the a5 2017 and that’s the dual of average performing cameras .

but just because you get served one average dish out of an otherwise excellent full course meal does it mean that you can enjoy the experience and we surely did enjoy every minute with the latest Galaxy a5 . Read More : Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2

Update - 2019.04.11

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Samsung Galaxy A5 2017



2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)

3G bands

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)


HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps






2017, January


Available. Released 2017, January


146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm (5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 in)


157 g (5.54 oz)


Front/back glass, aluminum frame


Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Samsung Pay

Display Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

5.2 inches, 74.5 cm2 (~71.5% screen-to-body ratio)


1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~424 ppi density)


Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Other screen features

Always-on display

Operation System

Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)


Exynos 7880 (14 nm)


Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53



Memory Card Slot

microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)

Internal Memory

32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM

Main Camera

Single, 16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm (wide), AF

Camera Features

LED flash, panorama, HDR



Selfie Camera

Single, 16 MP, f/1.9

Selfie Camera Video


Loud Speaker


3.5mm jack


General Features

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot


4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE






FM radio


2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector


Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, ANT+


Fast battery charging 18W, Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Talk Time

Up to 16 h (3G)

Music Play

Up to 53 h


Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, Peach Cloud

Specific Absorption Rate

0.88 W/kg (head) 0.55 W/kg (body)


About 250 EUR

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