Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Review

After six months of bad press Samsung is finally putting the Note-7 related horrors behind them. The South Korean firm finally has a new handset to show off: Galaxy A5 2017.

The new Galaxy A5 has much in common with Galaxy S7. Even though Galaxy A5 is costing less than 450$ it has a beautiful design featuring a metal frame and all-glass front. It also comes in four different colours — Gold Sand, Black Sky, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.

The 2017 A5 comes equipped with a 5.2in, Full HD, Super Amoled display, racking up a pixel density of 424ppi.

Camera

The camera on the previous model was protruded, but the Galaxy A5 2017 camera is now level with the rear panel.

Samsung has also introduces a pair of 16-megapixel frond and rear cameras which are a sizable improvement on the 2017 A3’s 13 and 8 megapixel sensors.

The camera software has been updated too. Samsung is following the Huawei example with the slick Camera app. In other words specific shooting modes can be accessed with quick swipes to the left and right, so you won’t have to navigate through convoluted menus. It’s almost the perfect one-handed experience, so selfie enthusiasts should be grinning!

Performance

The first impressions on this device are solid! The octa-core Exynos 7880, clocked at 1.9GHz, is a nippy performer, and the accompanying 3GB of RAM keeps things feeling reasonably snappy. It won’t be as nippy as the Galaxy S7, of course, but it’s a fair compromise for half the price.

Galaxy A5 2017 ships with a 3 000mAh battery and Samsung claims it is enough for up to 16 hours of talk time. It also comes with a USB Type-C fast charging.

On the negative side, the A5 isn’t Nougat powered straight out of the box, but Samsung says there will be an update in the near future, so you will have to wait a little longer for Google’s latest version of it’s OS.

Early Verdict

The unreleased Galaxy S8 is already grabbing headlines and the A5 is in danger of having it’s thunder stolen. But don’t disregard this handset just yet — it could be just the ticket if you are not fond of paying huge amounts of cash for a new phone!