Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review


With a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED display, IP68 certification, Exynos chipset and 16 Megapixels f/1.9 cameras front and back, we can say that Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is a quite premium mid-ranger.

The bad things about this smartphone is that is quite expensive (even Galaxy S6 is cheaper), it still runs on Marshmallow and has no 4K video recording.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Specifications:

  • 5.2 Inch (1080 x 1920 pixels) Super AMOLED Display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, 2.5D Curved Galss;
  • 1.9 GHz Octa Core Exynos (7880) Processor with Mali T830 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage (MicroSD up to 128 GB)
  • Runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 16 Megapixels (f/1.9, phase-detect, 27 mm) rear camera with LED Flash and a 16 Megapixels (f/1.9) front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm; Weight: 159 g
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, GPS (A-GPS), Bluetooth 4.2, Type-C USB, NFC, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Fingerprint
  • Li-Po 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) comes with the usual Super AMOLED display. The screen measures 5.2 inch and has FullHD resolution (424 ppi). The display is also protected with 2.5D Curved Galss.

The screen reached the maximum brightness of 421 and infinite contrast ratio. With the minimum brightness of just 1.8 nits, night-time sessions will not be a problem. The phone has a very good sunlight legibility, better than A3 (2017), but not that good as Xperia XZ.


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Galaxy A5 (2017) – series are the only phones that uses Grace UX interface, same as Note7. Seem that Samsung already works on a Android 7 update.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) software

Same as Galaxy A3 (2017), the phone comes with the Always On Display (AOD) feature. This feature will show third-party apps, Clock, Calendar and Images when the phone is idle. This feature will save a lot of energy and time for the user. The phone also supports 3D Touch feature (when holding on a app icon a contextual menu appears).


The phone is powered by an 14nm process Exynos 7880 chipset made by Samsung itself. The differences between Exynos 7880 and Exynos 7870 is that  7880 has higher CPU clock rate of the Cortex-A53 cores (1.9 GHz) and higher-clocked GPU cores (3 x 950MHz). The chipset also supports LPDDR4 RAM and has a better efficiency than his predecesor.


  • GeekBench 4 (single-core) – 764
  • GeekBench 4 (CPU multi-core) – 3958
  • Basemark X – 23513
  • GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen) – 5.2
  • GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen) – 9.1
  • GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen) – 5.2
  • GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen) – 9
  • Basemark OS 2.0 – 1417
  • AnTuTu 6 – 61020


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) comes with a 16 Megapixels main camera with 27mm lens, optical stabilization, Autofocus, f/1.9 aperture and single-LED flash. The image quality made by this camera is quite good, with with pleasing colors and low noise.

Same as Galaxy A3 (2017) photo sample

On the front we found another 16 Megapixels selfie camera with f/1.9 aperture. Sadly, this camera doesn’t have autofocus. This camera makes very good quality selfies.


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has a 3000 mAh battery, same found on Galaxy S7. On standby with Always On Display feature enabled, the phone scored an impressive 95 h on endurance test. The phone scored an 14 h on Wi-Fi browsing test and 16 h on video playback test.

  • 3G Talk Time – 21:39h
  • Web Browsing – 14:31h
  • Video Playback – 16:12h


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) seems to be very close to a flagship. The specifications are very good, has IP68 certification, the photos made by the camera and the battery life are amazing.

More information about the price can be found here.


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