Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
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.