Sam­sung Gal­axy A5 (2017)

The In-be­tween

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - by Ciara Alar­con

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 can 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 gamechang­ing 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 an and flag­ship sta­tus.

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 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 Sam­sung kept the hand­set’s for­mer front and back, which used to be glass.

The best thing about its de­sign is the move­ment of the speaker to the top side of the de­vice. With its new lo­ca­tion, we never had a prob­lem hear­ing au­dio when­ever we de­cided to watch videos or play games in landscape.

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. This means that, just like the Sam­sung Gal­axy S7, the phone can be sub­merged in water of up to a depth of 1.5 me­ters for 30 min­utes. Aside from these, the screen is also close to the brand’s flag­ship screen.

Mean­while, 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 midrange and flag­ship de­vices, its cam­era per­for­mance still did not dis­ap­point us.

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. Bat­tery life was lengthy as well. With con­tin­u­ous us­age, it lasted for al­most a day dur­ing our tests and it only took us an hour to fully recharge the bat­tery.

CON­CLU­SION 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.

The Gal­axy A5 has a slightly curved back. This makes it eas­ier to use sin­gle­hand­edly.

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