SAMSUNG GALAXY A5 (2017) REVIEW: EVEN BETTER ONE YEAR LATER

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Samsung kicked off 2017 by presenting the Galaxy A5 2017 và Galaxy A3 2017 at the CES in Las Vegas, both devices with thiết kế traits clearly borrowed from the Galaxy S7.In our review of the Galaxy A5 2017, we’ll give you a run-down of Samsung"s mid-range gem & all its features. Could 2017"s mid-range darling still be a top choice in 2018?


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✓Attractive sầu design✓Good display✓Excellent battery life✓Extras (IP68, trò chơi launcher, Always on)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 was made official at the beginning of January 2017 & went on sale February 3 of that year.Four colors are available:blaông xã sky, gold sand, peach cloud, & blue mist. Initial prices were£369 in the UK, $399 in the US, marking it as one of the pricier options in the mid-range.

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While unboxing the phone, we discovered the included USB Type-C, the 5V / A2 charger, and a tool for opening the SIMvà MicroSD thẻ trays.


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) thiết kế and build quality

The Galaxy A5 2017 is a head turner aý muốn mid-range devices thanks to lớn its elegant design. In the past years, the thiết kế of mid-range phones has progressed & becomemore elegant và better assembled, resembling the high-kết thúc models in many ways. One of these well-built smartphones is of course the Galaxy A5 2017, thanks khổng lồ its evident similarity lớn the Galaxy S7.

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Samsung’s smartphone comes witha metallic unitoàn thân coated with 3D glass. The front can be distinguished from the Galaxy S7 in that the upper và lower bezels are broader. On the front,the Samsung biểu tượng logo is up top alongside the front camera lens, proximity sensor & speaker for calls. On the top of the display, you’ll find the home page button with integrated fingerprint reader, & the baông chồng & recent apps capacitative buttons.These keys are backlit (but do not remain illuminated for long periods of time) & do not offer tactile feedbaông xã.

An elegant kiến thiết that stands out from other mid-range devices

The glossy body has curved edges which are encased in a metal frame. On the back: here you’ve got the Samsung hình ảnh, the LED flash và the barely protruding camera lens. Thanks lớn its sleek thiết kế, the phone doesn’t wobble when put on a flat surface.

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A new feature is the location of the speaker next to lớn the power button on the the right side of the display, which is featured on the bottom of the Galaxy S7 và last year’s Galaxy A5. The decision to move the speaker was likely motivated by the fact the bottom-located speakers are often covered up by the hand when gaming.

The speaker is now on the right side to optimize the gaming experience

The bottom edge lacks the classic grill for the speaker, but keeps the tai nghe jachồng on the right next to the USB Type-C port that supports USB OTG.

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The volume buttons are on the left side of the device with the nano SIM, while the MicroSD card slot can be found along the top edge. It is in this detail that the A5 differs from the A3 2017: the latter only has one slot at the top that accommodates both card types together.

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The blaông xã metal frame encasing the toàn thân is interrupted by the gray antenna bands. The lines on the Galaxy A5 2017 are a lot softer than the previous model, and with dimensions of 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm, it is larger than the Galaxy S7, but has the same thickness. It is also 7 grams lighter than the high-end model, weighing in at 159 grams. The curved edges and the reflection off the device mask its true kích cỡ, seeing as from a first glance you’d never think it was bigger than the Galaxy S7 or previous Mã Sản Phẩm.

The curved edges & the reflection off the device mask its true size, seeing as from a first glance you’d never think it was bigger than the Galaxy S7 or previous model.

Holding the Galaxy A5 is comfortable, it’s easy khổng lồ handle with one h&, & it isn"tslippery. A negative but unavoidable aspect with the choice of materials is that it attracts fingerprints, as in the case with many phones. I find the black Model used in the reviews khổng lồ be aesthetically pleasing, but this is a subjective matter. The phone is elegant và subtle. Those who open the box will not be disappointed by what they find inside.

An impressive Always-on display

The Galaxy A5 2017 has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) resulting in 412 ppi. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The công nghệ, measurements andresolution are therefore identical to lớn those of preceding generation. The colors are brilliant and the same can be said of all viewing angles. Under bright sunlight, some details are lost unless you turn up the brightness khổng lồ the max.

The Galaxy A5 2017 has the Always-on feature, which is not comtháng aao ước mid-range phones.

The Galaxy A5 2017 has the Always-on feature, which is not comtháng amuốn mid-range phones. This was a featureintroduced with the Galaxy S7 that allows you to keep tabs on the time, date & battery status even when the screen is off.In addition, you can view notifications from third-buổi tiệc ngọt applications such as WhatsApp.

In the display thực đơn, you can activate the xanh light filter (equivalent khổng lồ the night mode) to lớn avoid eye fatigue.

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A điện thoại thông minh for gamers và outdoor enthusiasts

CertificationIP68

Samsung packed a solid punch behind the Galaxy A series this year by adding IP68 certification, a feature that is also not comtháng on mid-range phones. This certification protects the phone from dust và water, making the device better suited khổng lồ use when doing outdoor activities (within reason). The Galaxy A5 2017 can be immersed khổng lồ a depth of 1.5 meters for no longer than 30 minutes.

trò chơi Launcher

Just lượt thích on the Galaxy S7, the A5 comes with Samsung"s Game Launcher. For those who don"t know, this is a platkhung that enhances the gaming experience with specific features: disable notifications, lochồng keys, take a screenshot, save sầu the game...

After starting a game, you will see a button lớn access the Game Launcher. From there, you can access the various functions. This will delight all those who want to stay immersed in their game without any distractions.

The Oreo update is scheduled

This is one of the features that may irk potential owners: it originally came stocked with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallowvà was only later updated lớn Nougat. Fortunately, the update toAndroid 8.0 Oreohas been scheduled.

When will your phone get Android 8.0 Oreo?

In recent years, the interface has been improved to lớn offer a cleaner, more modern look with shades of white and blue. We currently don"t know the real name of the interface (we contacted the manufacturer to lớn find out the end of the story): is it TouchWiz, Grace UX or Samsung Experience? Whatever the answer, it won"t change the user experience and that"s the main thing.

In practice, the smartphone offers 31.1 GB of internal memory & 1.1 GB of RAM.

In practice, the điện thoại thông minh offers 23.1 GB of internal memory & 1.1 GB of RAM. Pre-installed applications include Google Services, Samsung applications (with S-Health and S Voice), and Microsoft applications (total of 6). You will also find Upday pre-installed, you can access it with a simple swipe khổng lồ the right.

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If you press và hold on anapplication, a window appears where you can uninstall the application, get information on how khổng lồ put it in standby và add it khổng lồ the Secure Folder. With the latter, you can thus place the nội dung away from prying eyes (such as photos, or documents) and you can also duplicate applications: one visible to lớn everyone, the other visible only by you. Another interesting feature is the ability lớn bloông xã or delete notifications all at once. To activate the multi-window mode, simply press và hold the multitasking button.

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I can"t say that the fingerprint reader is slow, but it"s not accurate.

The fingerprint reader allows you to lớn enter three prints in the settings. The recording system is slower than on other phones (e. g. the Honor 6X), and when using it, the sensor can"t always recognize my fingerprint at first. With the index finger, I get much better results than with the thumb. I can"t say that the fingerprint reader is slow, but it"s not accurate.

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On a personal note, I would lượt thích khổng lồ add that placing the fingerprint reader on the baông xã offers a smoother result than when placed in the front because it is easier khổng lồ recognize the sensor.

The minimum hardware for performance

Under the hood of the Galaxy A5, you’ll find an octacore Exynos 7880 that ticks at 1.9 GHz và 3GB of RAM. The graphics are powered by a Mali T830 MP3 chip. The phone comes with 32 GB of internal storage that you can expvà up khổng lồ 256 GB with an SD card.

Formost everyday tasks, the Galaxy A5 2017 will meet your needs

In practice, you can use the Galaxy A5 lớn surf the website, use social networks, play games (evengreedy, high graphics games), and you don"t have problems with slowdowns or overheating. On a daily basis you won"t have any problems, I just had a little problem with Google Chrome but nothing recurrent or really annoying. The Galaxy A5 can multitask effectively.

We have tested the device on different benchmarks, you will find the results below:

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 benchmark results

3D Mark Sling Shot ES 3.13 chiều Mark Sling Shot ES 3.03D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited ES 2.0Geekbench CPU - single coreGeekbench CPU - multicoreNocơ 5LG Q6Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
28958095006592788
23047077646372119
8141146134137754109

As far as the SAR is concerned, the model we tested (European version) offers the following values: 0.522 W/kilogam for the head và 1.39 W/kilogam for the toàn thân.

The speaker moves to lớn the side

Like previously mentioned in the Reviews, Samsung decided to move the speaker from the bottom to lớn the left side, meaning the speaker will no longer be covered when you use the device in landscape mode, for instance when playing a game or watching a Clip.

The result is a better audio experience during game & video sessions. It"s a mono speaker but, after all, it"s a mid-range device so no surprises there.

The audio chất lượng is good, but I was expecting a little bit more from the maximum volume, which, let"s be clear, is much lower than what you can find on other devices, such as the Huawei Nova Plus. In terms of calls, the sound quality is good và communication is trouble-không lấy phí.

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Samsung offers in the box a pair of headphones with which you can adjust the volume and skip to lớn the next song. The smartphone has an FM radio & various audio configuration options, such as an equalizer that was already available in the Galaxy A5 năm nhâm thìn. At the reception kết thúc, I didn"t encounter any problems, not even in the subway.

Astandardcamera

The camera"s lens is 16MP at the rear và front. Samsung therefore ups its game compared lớn the previous generation, especially with the front camera which was only 5MP.. Both lenses have an f/1.9 aperture, but only the rear camera has optical stabilization. The laông chồng of stabilization canbe a problem in some situations.

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The camera application offers several filters, you can access them by swiping from right lớn left. You will then see two modes: basic và beauty. You will also find a mode that is intended to lớn take pictures of food: with filters it allows you khổng lồ optimize your shots without having khổng lồ go through a third buổi tiệc ngọt application.

The colors are vivid and realistic, the quality of images taken in good light conditions is also good.

You can also find the Panorama, HDR, Night & Pro modes. This allows you to change the ISO, exposure và trắng balance. You cannot set the shutter tốc độ, making Pro mode almost unnecessary.

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The colors are vivid và realistic, the quality of images taken in good light conditions is also good. When the brightness is not optimal, we find noise on the picture và we thua a lot of detail, but despite that the colors remain rather good & we don"t see any yellow dots on the gray surfaces.

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As my colleague Stetín đồ Möllenhoff explains, to maintain a low ISO tốc độ, the use of such exposure time is rather optimistic (1/17 seconds with ISO 250), which gives a fuzzy result if you can"t hold the camera firmly in poor light conditions. When the ISO is greater than 800, the image unique decreases significantly, which is probably why 800 is the maximum value in this Pro mode, which is not really a Pro mode.

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The HDR mode works smoothly and displays details in both bright và dark areas. However, it is not included in the default settings.

To switch to the front camera, simply swipe up and down. Samsung has integrated a beauty mode to improve sầu skin, refine the face and enlarge the eyes. Fans will love the selfies! Although both lenses are 16MPhường., the rear camera provides slightly better shots. Both cameras capture đoạn Clip in 1080p at 30fps. The colors of the video clip and sound rendering are good.

The gallery automatically synchronizes your photos with the Samsung cloud. In the options thực đơn, you can disable automatic story creation (which is enabled by default), which creates stories according khổng lồ the faces, times & places where photos và videos are taken. The system also provides advice on which images lớn add to lớn stories. All this can be disabled. You can also tóm tắt your stories online with other contacts, by invitation, & add photos & videos.

To summarize: the camera is not as good as the one found in the Galaxy S7, but it does a good job (as long as you don"t expect too much from the Pro mode).

A fantastic battery

The Galaxy A5 2017 packs a 3000 mAh battery. This is 100 mAh more than the previous generation, already known for good autonomy. A quiông chồng recharge system is available, allowing you khổng lồ fully charge your phone in 1 hour & đôi mươi minutes.

Battery life is one of the strong points of the Galaxy A5 2017

Battery life is one of the strong points of the Galaxy A5. If you send messages lớn WhatsApp, use Facebook and Instagram, play Pacman và Ninja Spinki, check your emails, watch some videos and make some audio and video clip calls (all with 1/2 brightness), you manage lớn last a day & a half. With a more intensive use you can reach the over of the day with between 10% và 15% more battery.

If you access the "Device maintenance"thực đơn, you can access the Medium or Maximum options. The latter displays a blaông xã background và limits usage khổng lồ basic services. On PCMark, the kiểm tra scored a score of 8 hours and 59 minutes, which is excellent.