Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

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

Processor
1.9GHz

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

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow 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 960 minutes (3G), 1080 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



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

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 9 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!

Let’s see what they’re saying!

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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 (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


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... Full review
The Inquirer

This premium-looking mid-ranger is a great start to Samsung's year

from The Inquirer
The Galaxy A5 is that rare not-a-flagship phone that doesn't feel like a compromise, with many of the design touches of its more expensive brethren and a satisfying feature set. The display, cameras and hardware tick the right boxes and while there are some weaker points - battery life, software niggles and the inevitable shadow of the Note 7 - extras like fast charging and waterproofing make this feel like a smart choice in its price range... Full review
PhoneArena

Such an interesting device

from PhoneArena
All things considered, the Galaxy A5 (2017) is not a bad phone. It’s a very, very good phone. Get it if you truly care about long battery life, the feature-rich interface and excellent keyboard typing experience. Get it for the looks. For all else, other phones are priced more fairly and offer more bang for the buck... Full review
V3

A very affordable way to own a Galaxy

from V3
The Galaxy A5 is that rare not-a-flagship phone that doesn't feel like a compromise, with many of the design touches of its more expensive brethren and a satisfying feature set. The display, cameras and hardware tick the right boxes and while there are some weaker points - battery life, software niggles and the inevitable shadow of the Note 7 - extras like fast charging and waterproofing make this feel like a smart choice in its price range... Full review
TrustedReviews

A real mid-range champ

from TrustedReviews
Samsung has really improved its already impressive A-series with the 2017 edition of the Galaxy A5. The addition of water resistance, USB Type-C, a classier design, impressive display and highly efficient CPU combine to make a seriously well-specced mid-range device that offers up a viable alternative to the OnePlus 3T... Full review
VR-Zone

Waterproof midranger packs decent specifications

from VR-Zone
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a decent midranger. It’s strongest suit is perhaps its luxurious body that’s waterproof, and maybe a good Super AMOLED display. For its price, its speed and performance is alright, but not spectacular and there are better options in the market. Perhaps even the S6 would be a better choice than the A5 if you don’t need the waterproof features... Full review
Expert Reviews

A well-deserved place as one of the best mid-range handsets

from Expert Reviews
With Samsung’s as-yet-unreleased Galaxy S8 already grabbing headlines, the Samsung Galaxy A5 is in danger of having its thunder stolen. Don’t disregard this little mid-range handset just yet, though. It’s just the ticket if you’re not fond of handing over flagship–sized sums of cash but want something that looks and feels just as sleek... Full review
Pocket-lint

Premium feel at a mid-range price

from Pocket-lint
For a phone that costs less than £400, the Galaxy A5 is impressive in its design and build. Even its display and performance punch beyond that price point. In many ways it's a cheaper version of the Galaxy S7, except it doesn't really feel cheap at all when you pick it up. It's solid and quite beautiful... Full review
GSMArena

Alphabet soup

from GSMArena
The facts are that the Galaxy A5 (2017) is beautifully-built; it will live through a downpour; it packs a screen that's only bested by flagships, and has battery life to spare. Of course, it's not ideal, and it's not cheap, but you're also unlikely to find a better match for the description in the previous sentence. Well, not unless you dig even deeper into your pocket... Full review

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