Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) – one of the first new products this year. Most of his appearance and specifications smartphone received from last year’s flagship Galaxy S7. What can be interesting in the device relating to the mid-market, what are its strengths and weaknesses.

Smartphones average price category, or “uberflagmany” as they called Russian tehnozhurnalisty, hardly probable not the best thing that happened to the mobile industry in 2016. Rapid progress has led to the fact that mid-range smartphones are now so good that quite successfully satisfy the needs of even the most demanding users.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Processor: the Exynos 7880 Octa
Memory: 32 GB
Display: 5.2-inch, Super Amoled, 1080 x 1920
Camera: 16 Mn, f / 1.9 (main), 16 megapixel, f / 1.9 (front)
Battery: 3000 mAh
Size and weight: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm, 157 g


Roughly speaking, the current flagship phones surpass the average price category only in the level of the camera, as well as a variety of innovations such as a fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, determine the force pressing on the screen, an improved sound path, fast wireless charging, and others. Such technologies first appear in flagship devices and only for the following year are available in the offices of the middle class.

In this regard, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Essential is called, according to the classical patterns and similar to the 2016 flagship Samsung Galaxy S7.

The body is made of impact-resistant glass Gorilla Glass with an oleophobic coating. The smartphone has a curved rear panel and slightly rounded at the edges (2.5D) glass screen.


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The features of Galaxy A5 steel screen Super Amoled, protection against water and dust to IP68 standard (up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1.5 m).

The device supports such fashionable “chip” as Always-on display, payment service Samsung Pay, rapid charging technology, and others.

Design and Screen

Externally, the Galaxy A5 (2017) is indeed similar to the Galaxy S7 and looks, as one would say in marketing, not less premium than last year’s flagship Samsung.


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The display is made by technology Super Amoled, diagonal – 5.2 inches, resolution – Full HD (1080 x 1920). It is bright and contrast display with wide viewing angles and deep black color.

At the same time Galaxy S7 display was a higher resolution – QHD (1440 x 2560). Oddly enough, this reduction proved to be the best solution. If you do not insert the Galaxy A5 in VR-helmet where QHD just the required minimum, then the diagonal 5.2 Full HD resolution is enough.

Battery and Processor

It is important that the screen with lower resolution are not only cheaper, but also consumes less power. At runtime Galaxy A5 (2017) clearly exceeds the Galaxy S7. Although Samsung does not position the device as a special long-playing device, a moderate consumption of energy – one of the strongest sides.

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The processor Exynos 7880 Octa in their daily work manifests itself not worse than more powerful chips.

And for at least one year you will be able to play the most demanding graphics game.
An added bonus is the support of fast charging.


Taking a photo – a place in which analogy with the Galaxy S7 inappropriate. At last year’s flagship Samsung is one of today’s best mobile camera and of course it is a pity that it is not migrated to the A5.

In a completely different smartphone photomodule 16 megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 1.9. For comparison: the Galaxy S7 – 12 megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 1.8.

Do not think that increasing the number of pixels of the matrix will provide better image quality. Value is also a lot of other parameters such as aperture, pixel size, autofocus, stabilization, processing algorithms.


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Especially Galaxy A5 camera plays with a lack of lighting. If the photos taken during the day and even at dusk, as the difference is not very noticeable, that when shooting at night it is still fatal.


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Maybe it’s the algorithms for processing images of night and in the absence of optical image stabilization (OIS). If the software part, developers can still fix it with the lack of OIS have to live in a future firmware update.

Note that

in the Galaxy A5 (2016) optical stabilization was, and why it was abandoned – a mystery.

But the front camera with 16 megapixels is designed to please the fans selfie. To her, as opposed to basic, no complaints.


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What is interesting in the Galaxy A5, which distinguishes it from the competition?

Water and dust protection identifies Galaxy A5 (2017) among other competitors. A similar resistance can boast only Sony Xperia smartphones. Of course, we are talking about ordinary smartphones instead of dedicated devices for extreme sports and military.

The fingerprint reader can be configured to recognize the three prints. The technology works perfectly correctly, but still slower than the Galaxy S7. It is worth paying attention to the fact that the scanner is combined with the button “Home”.

For Android-Cmartfon is “iPhone” scanner location – a rare option.

Samsung Pay in a sense unique, but not the most demanded option that is available only in the new smartphones Galaxy S and Galaxy A.

Especially for paranoids have a safe environment KNOX. That is private information can be stored in a special encrypted folder.

Always On Display is finally not only on the Samsung flagship. The essence of the function is that the time and calendar notifications appear even on the screen is off. The battery is consumed at the same time a little faster, but the Galaxy A5 (2017) still lives his two days with the option enabled Always On Display.

And the last important detail is that the device does not have hybrid slots for SIM cards and memory cards, and there are two separate full-fledged holes.

That is, you can insert two “Sims” and the memory card simultaneously. Given that only 32 A5 GB of main memory, it is more than justified solution.


From the obvious advantages Galaxy A5 (2017) – effective design the flagship S-series, high-quality screen, long battery life, 16 megapixel front camera, moisture and dust protection according to IP68 standard.

From less visible – Supports Samsung Pay, crafted branded graphical interface, simultaneous support for two SIM cards and memory cards, branded accessories, high-quality assembly, warranty, technical support, and other things that are behind the big brands.

Cons – the work of the main camera in low light conditions, the lack of optical image stabilization in the camera, no wireless charging, and still fairly high price of the device (28 thousand rubles..), Which is claimed to be the flagship of the budget.


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