Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

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Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)'s screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.9 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos 7 Octa core 1.9 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are minutes (2G), 960 minutes (3G).



A really fantastic phone for the price, with excellent design and build, and has some of the best battery life on the market

- Paul Briden , Know Your Mobile 

It's so good to see Samsung back on form with a classy, well-rounded handset that'll appeal to younger consumers in particular.

- Holly Brockwell , The Inquirer 

Reviews summary

7.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 19 reviews

What's good

  • Vibrant display
  • Plenty of internal storage
  • microSD support
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Good camera
  • Premium design

What's bad

  • Low-light camera use requires a steady hand
  • Older version of Android (6.0 Marshmallow)

Samsung’s S series receives lots of love in the flagship arena. But their mid-tier A-series offers a similar experience at a lower price point. But when making a good mid-tier phone, it’s about cutting corners in the right places.

Does Samsung keep the Galaxy S magic without the price tag on their 2017 A5? Reviews are out and we’ve scoured them all so you don’t have to!

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Reviewers were quick to point out how the phone resembles a Galaxy S6 or S7. It has that Samsung design look. You'll find rounded edges, a physical home button and the grilled loudspeaker. Yet, the A5's glass and metal design separates its from the budget bracket.

PhoneArena says, “Its glass-and-metal construction feels so seamlessly well put together, we’d forgive you if you mistake it for the flagship Galaxy S7 model. The similarity is certainly there. In the hand, the phone feels well balanced, with a nice heft to it.”

There’s even IP68 water and dust resistance to save your phone from those random drops in the sink, bathtub or pool.

The only complaints we found were for users of the black model. They found the finish a fingerprint magnet when paired with the darker color.

Heading around front, reviews of the 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen are positive. While it’s not sharp enough for VR support, reviewers loved the vibrant colors, rich blacks and clear text. Know Your Mobile said, “For normal viewing this is nice and clear, and as we’ve come to expect from Samsung display tech the color gamut is fantastic, contrast is excellent, and the brightness levels are quite capable, though not the brightest on the market by any means.”

The 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 7 processor keeps the screen stutter-free, even with the latest games. Reviews say the 3GB of RAM offers smooth multitasking. Some reviewers question if this will cause issues as apps continue to increase in complexity.

The Inquirer put the phone through a series of tests and declared it “more than capable of meeting most people's day-to-day smartphone performance needs.”

If you’ve found the TouchWiz UI frustrating in the past, reviews show that their new Grace UI is much less intrusive. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with no sign of if Nougat or O will be offered. The phone’s 32GB of internal storage should be enough for most users. Need more space for your movies, music or other files? A microSD slot offers quick expansion up to 256GB of extra storage.

With 16MP cameras on both sides of the phone, reviewers loved the quality of both selfies and outdoor shots. Pocket Lint said, “The camera is capable of taking balance shots in good light with eye-pleasing sharpness and depth.” Some reviews noted blurry low-light action shots. But with a steady hand, image quality improved.

Reviews for the 3000mAh internal battery are mixed. Some reviewers applauded the phone for a two-day run on a single charge. Others mentioned needing to top off before the end of day one. If you’re a gamer or power user, the included fast charge adapter will net you a full charge in 1.5 hours.

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) are positive. Know Your Mobile summed up opinions well, saying, “It is a cohesive and well-thought-out package, and again, a big part of the appeal is getting premium aesthetics and build on the outside as much as the inside; this shouldn’t be the exclusive territory of flagships, and Samsung clearly understands that with the Galaxy A5.”


Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


GSM Dome

The real Galaxy S7 Mini

from GSM Dome

This handset stays true to the “Galaxy S7 Mini” nickname, although its screen is actually a bit larger. You feel that you’re getting a taste of Galaxy S7, maybe 70% of the experience or 80% tops, by spending a few Benjamins less. It’s a very good looking phone, with an extremely capable battery and camera. It doesn’t make compromises and upgrades the predecessor enough to make it tempting. The only drawbacks are the lack of OIS, Nougat and maybe some lesser camera aspects. One can only imagine what the Galaxy A5 (2018) will bring once it gets S8 inspiration.

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This handset stays true to the “Galaxy S7 Mini” nickname, although its screen is actually a bit larger. You feel that you’re getting a taste of Galaxy S7, maybe 70% of the experience or 80% tops, by spending a few Benjamins less. It’s a very good looking phone, with an extremely capable battery and camera. It doesn’t make compromises and upgrades the predecessor enough to make it tempting. The only drawbacks are the lack of OIS, Nougat and maybe some lesser camera aspects. One can only imagine what the Galaxy A5 (2018) will bring once it gets S8 inspiration.

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The Indian Express

Stylish design, excellent camera

from The Indian Express

Samsung galaxy A5 (2017) scores on pretty much everything, except of course the processor. It sports a stunning design, great front and back cameras, and offers an average battery life. Galaxy A5 (2017) shouldn’t disappoint you if you are a regular user and do not play a lot of games of watch a lot of videos on your device. Coming to options in the same price-range, there’s OnePlus 3T which runs Snapdragon 821, Oppo F3 Plus which you can consider.

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Samsung galaxy A5 (2017) scores on pretty much everything, except of course the processor. It sports a stunning design, great front and back cameras, and offers an average battery life. Galaxy A5 (2017) shouldn’t disappoint you if you are a regular user and do not play a lot of games of watch a lot of videos on your device. Coming to options in the same price-range, there’s OnePlus 3T which runs Snapdragon 821, Oppo F3 Plus which you can consider.

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LaptopMedia

Amazing flagship features

from LaptopMedia

Galaxy A5 (2017) is a model that slightly exceeds the mid range but this is completely explicable. The smartphone impressed us in the first place with its design which closely resembles that of the flagship Galaxy S lineup. However, the other features are also at the desired high level. A Super AMOLED Full HD display is available and it includes a number of useful modes and features. In fact, Galaxy A5 (2017) is packed with a lot of useful software features so you can often use them. The battery life is also impressive with a capacity of 3000mAh but it definitely performed amazingly in our endurance tests.

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Galaxy A5 (2017) is a model that slightly exceeds the mid range but this is completely explicable. The smartphone impressed us in the first place with its design which closely resembles that of the flagship Galaxy S lineup. However, the other features are also at the desired high level. A Super AMOLED Full HD display is available and it includes a number of useful modes and features. In fact, Galaxy A5 (2017) is packed with a lot of useful software features so you can often use them. The battery life is also impressive with a capacity of 3000mAh but it definitely performed amazingly in our endurance tests.

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tech2

A well-built phone that lives or dies by Samsung Pay

from tech2

The A5 is not a bad phone, but it’s not the best by any means. It’s well-built, but not exceptionally so. It has a good camera, but it’s definitely not the best option around. It’s also limited to Android 6.0 for now. In the end, I think this phone lives or dies by Samsung Pay. If you want Samsung Pay, this is the phone for you. If not, there are far better alternatives to be had.

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The A5 is not a bad phone, but it’s not the best by any means. It’s well-built, but not exceptionally so. It has a good camera, but it’s definitely not the best option around. It’s also limited to Android 6.0 for now. In the end, I think this phone lives or dies by Samsung Pay. If you want Samsung Pay, this is the phone for you. If not, there are far better alternatives to be had.

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What Hi-Fi

A mid-range phone in flagship clothing

from What Hi-Fi

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a mid-range phone in flagship clothing, and does a pretty impressive job of balancing the two so you don’t feel like you’re missing out. Understandably, there are some compromises to be made, but Samsung has picked them carefully and, in some cases, you might not even notice you are making them.

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a mid-range phone in flagship clothing, and does a pretty impressive job of balancing the two so you don’t feel like you’re missing out. Understandably, there are some compromises to be made, but Samsung has picked them carefully and, in some cases, you might not even notice you are making them.

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Fone Arena

Gorgeous design, snappy performance

from Fone Arena

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is indeed a worthy successor with beautiful build quality, snappy performance, good camera. Even though it has few flaws, the positives in this mobile will overpower this for sure. But what hurts here is the price point. At Rs. 28,990, this is definitely costly and on the other hand, you will get flagship grade smartphones including OnePlus 3T and others from Chinese OEMs with powerful specifications at much cheaper cost.

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Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is indeed a worthy successor with beautiful build quality, snappy performance, good camera. Even though it has few flaws, the positives in this mobile will overpower this for sure. But what hurts here is the price point. At Rs. 28,990, this is definitely costly and on the other hand, you will get flagship grade smartphones including OnePlus 3T and others from Chinese OEMs with powerful specifications at much cheaper cost.

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Digit

Not a single element that can be pointed out as inferior

from Digit

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) offers good build, premium design, good display and an able camera. The performance is acceptable barring occasional flaws, and the battery life could have been better. To sum up, it offers good end-user experience, making it a decent smartphone to use.

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) offers good build, premium design, good display and an able camera. The performance is acceptable barring occasional flaws, and the battery life could have been better. To sum up, it offers good end-user experience, making it a decent smartphone to use.

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Good Gear Guide

A great value all-round android smartphone

from Good Gear Guide

At full price there's not much to recommend the jack of all trades, A5. However, it's already available at $150 discount and that makes it great value. But the fingerprint reader can prove annoying.

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At full price there's not much to recommend the jack of all trades, A5. However, it's already available at $150 discount and that makes it great value. But the fingerprint reader can prove annoying.

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IT Pro

The sleek appeal of a premium flagship at mid-range prices

from IT Pro

If you want all the style and panache of the latest Samsung flagship without the premium price, the Galaxy A5 delivers it in spades. What's more, the screen, battery and performance are all excellent.

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If you want all the style and panache of the latest Samsung flagship without the premium price, the Galaxy A5 delivers it in spades. What's more, the screen, battery and performance are all excellent.

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Know Your Mobile

A beautiful mid-range Android phone

from Know Your Mobile

This is an extremely compelling little smartphone, it seems perfectly priced and specced for its niche; to slot in the market where there are people prepared to throw down a few hundred pounds for quality, but who don’t want to bother with more phone than they need at the considerably higher prices flagships command.

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This is an extremely compelling little smartphone, it seems perfectly priced and specced for its niche; to slot in the market where there are people prepared to throw down a few hundred pounds for quality, but who don’t want to bother with more phone than they need at the considerably higher prices flagships command.

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Jenal

it loooks like something i'd want

the color is nice and the phone looks great


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date February 3, 2017
Regions available Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)

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Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa core 1.9 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.522 W/kg
Body: 1.39 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 1140 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 1080 minutes
3G Surfing Time 780 minutes
4G Surfing Time 960 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Up to: 960 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, Peach Cloud
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 169 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.9
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, Hyperlapse, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-A520F

Also available in dual-SIM variant.
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