Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Full Review

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Full Review

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Seemingly running out of monikers, Samsung hit the refresh button, once again, on the beloved A series lineup by adding more numbers to it!

This is Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Full Review.

Design

Taking cues of a tried and tested formula, The Galaxy A5 took cues from the Galaxy S7 including the curved edges.

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The design language continues to the curved glass panel covering the entire back along with the flushed rear camera complete with LED flash. It’s a similar story for the front panel with the 2.5D curved protection.

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The Galaxy A5 2017 comes in pink, blue and gold colors – including our review unit clad in black.

Nothing to fear in missing the home button as it finds its place by the chin underneath the fingerprint scanner flanked by backlit capacitive keys.

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The top portion hides the dedicated microSD card slot that allows memory expansion of up top 256GB while the opposite end houses the 3.55mm headphone jack next to the USB Type-C port.

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Seen first on the Galaxy J7 Prime, the side-mounted speaker is located on the right, above the clicky power button.

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On the opposite end will be the volume rocker and a nano SIM tray.

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One of the headliners for the Galaxy A series is the IP68 rating which we rarely see on mid-range phones. What the numbers mean is that it is water submersible at depths of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

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We would have loved to show you but our test unit came out of the beta phase that will not have water and dust resistance. Rest assured retail units will have this feature as promised by Samsung.

There is not doubt that the A5 2017 will be a fingerprint magnet with its glass build and will almost always require constant shirt wiping or pant brushing.

It’s slippery most of the time but grippy thanks to the aggressive tampering by the sides and relatively small real estate that fit most hands.

We mostly liked the subtle look and feel of the A5 that feels solid and not too flashy as other models but that, in essence, makes the A series look much like like any other Samsung phone in the market today.

Display

Similar to the 2016 version of the same phone the Galaxy A5 remains at 5.2 inches for display size set at 1080p or fullHD on a Super AMOLED panel.

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The display is a standard Samsung affair on the same display as their flagships. Expect deep blacks and vivid colors all around without any struggles on viewing under direct sunlight.

The A series will come with an always-on feature that displays time, date, battery meter, and notifications on white contrasted by a black foreground.

The Galaxy A5 2017 ticks off a lot of the boxes in the display department but we wished the screen could be brighter.

Camera

Homing in on the trigger happy, Samsung upped its photography game by cramming 16MP sensors set at f1.9 for both the rear and front-facing shooters.

Day-lit shots came out natural with good detail preservation but struggle in some areas with kinks of overexposure.

It’s cool indoor shots overall emulating much of the same quality as previous tests.

The sensors included in the A5 2017 will struggle in low-lit environment with slosly degrading quality as it gets darker. The LED flash will aid in providing more details to photos for subjects taken in close proximity.

The struggle is more apparent in trying to capture this nighttime landscape with blurry detail handling.

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Video recording can maxes out at 1080p @ 30fps. Expect jittery and shaky results, however as Optical Image Stabilization will not be present in the A5’s kit.

Videos result in much the same quality as the stills we took.

Selfies reflect the same scenarios with beautification in tow like adjusting skin tone, eye size, and cheek bloaty-ness.

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Performance

An upgraded Samsung Exynos 7880 SoC containing 1.9GHz octa-Core CPU and Mali-T830MP3 GPU will be powering the Galaxy A5 2017 paired with 3GB of RAM.

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The modest device scored 59,195 points on Antutu Benchmark.

It will be the standard skin heavy TouchWhiz UI on top of Android Marshmallow 6.0 with much the same experience as previous iterations with reduced bloat. Some of them still got through the filter stage but there’s less of them now.

The A5 is a capable daily driver for casual to regular usage as it was able to maintain a smooth experience overall without stuttering

Frame rates had to drop, however, as it was not able to keep up with the demands of Real Racing 3 that had to be set to lower graphic settings. Other less demanding games should be fine on the proprietary processor.

The fingerprint scanner got 7 out of 10 tries with decent unlocking speeds

Battery

Endurance being an issue for previous versions of the A series, Samsung upped the juice to 3000mAh for the A5 which allowed about 4.5hours of screen on time with a total 28hours of standby time.

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Recharging from zero to 100percent was even impressive needing only an hour and 31mins to fill thanks to the fast adaptive charging.

Audio

The side-mounted speaker was tinny and average in terms of intensity and quality, but smart placement refrains the speaker from being muffled by the hand especially in landscape mode.

Pricing and Verdict

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 price starts at Php19,990 or $401 USD.

Samsung did a good job in refining what was a successful formula for the past year.

Though the steep price tag remains a head-scratcher for us as higher-tiered phones can be fetched at the same price point.

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Full Review? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Full Specs, Official PH Price, Release Date in the Philippines

SPECS, PH Price Samsung A5 2017
Display 5.2-inch 1080p FHD Super AMOLED, 424ppi
Size 7.9mm thick
Design metal frame, 3D glass back, IP68 water and dust resistance
Colors Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, Peach Cloud
Chipset Samsung Exynos 7880 Octa octa-core chipset
Processor 8 x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53
Graphics Mali-T830MP2
Memory 3GB RAM,
Main Camera 16MP (F1.9), OIS, autofocus, LED flash, HDR
Multimedia 1080p@30fps
Front camera 16MP (F1.9), 1080p
Connectivity LTE Cat. 6, HSPA, GSM, WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, NFC(Samsung Pay), Single Nano-SIM tray, dedicated microSD card slot
OS Android 6.0.16 Marshmallow
Software TouchWiz 3.5
Battery 3000mah with fast adaptive charging
Ports USB type-c, 3.55mm headphone jack
Official Price Php19,990 or $403
Availability date January 14, 2017
Where to buy Samsung Stores, Lazada