Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017): The In-between
Samsung has a lot of smartphones that can match different kinds of users and if you’re actually looking for a device that would offer something close to the performance of their current flagship phone, you may consider getting one of their Galaxy A series.
The brand recently launched its new 2017 revision of the Galaxy A series, which is inspired by the company’s game-changing smartphones. True enough, the Galaxy A5 (2017) impressed our team up to the point that it made us want to categorize it in between the midrange and flagship status.
- OS: Android v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
- Processor: 1.9GHz octa-core
- RAM: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 256GB
- Battery Capacity: 3000mAh
- Camera: 16MP (Rear, and Front)
Design and Display
The device has a classy appearance with its glossy exterior. As a midrange phone, it could easily steal someone’s attention through its sleek metal unibody design, giving it an almost similar look to the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Unlike the other smartphones, it sports a smaller 5.2-inch panel and has a slightly curved back that makes the device easy to use in just one hand. We thought, however, it would be better if the brand kept the handset’s former front and back, which used to be glass material.
Our favorite thing about its design is that the speaker is now moved to the top side of the device. With this new location, we never had a problem dealing on its sound whenever we decided to watch or play in a landscape position. Meanwhile, the headphone jack is still placed on the bottom of the phone besides to its USB Type-C port.
It also has a good display. In fact, its brightness has a dynamic range between the lowest and highest settings. The device is also water resistant and is compliant with the IP68 standard. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S7, this phone can be submerged in water of up to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. Aside from these, the screen is even close to the brand’s flagship screen.
Our team was excited to try its camera when we learned that it comes with 16MP rear and front cameras. After taking different shots, we could say that it offers better image quality than other midrange phones. This was not enough to convince our team to consider it as a flagship-like phone camera of Samsung. Nevertheless, categorized in between mid-range and flagship devices, its camera performance still did not disappoint us.
Performance, Battery life and Benchmark
What disappointed our team a little is that it is still running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Nevertheless, this is not a bad thing at all since the device really offers a decent performance for a midrange smartphone with it receiving scores of 60001 on AnTuTu and 34087 on Quadrant.
It never lagged while opening multiple applications at once, too. It also exceeded our expectations when we watched several videos or played games. Battery life was lengthy as well, with continuous usage lasting for almost a day during our tests and it only took us an hour to fully recharge the battery.
With its specifications and features, this is the first Samsung's non-flagship device that we would surely recommend to users without second thought. Priced as a midrange phone, the 2017 revision of the Galaxy A5 offers flagship-like features, with a performance that places it in between a midrange and a flagship smartphone.