Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

A 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, 14nm Exynos chipset, a body made out of a glass/metal combo, IP68 certification, 16MP f/1.9 cameras front and back - it sure sounds like Samsung's next flagship. Only it's not the flagship we're talking about, but the Galaxy A5 (2017) premium mid-ranger. Of course, we...
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A 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, 14nm Exynos chipset, a body made out of a glass/metal combo, IP68 certification, 16MP f/1.9 cameras front and back - it sure sounds like Samsung's next flagship. Only it's not the flagship we're talking about, but the Galaxy A5 (2017) premium mid-ranger.

Of course, we are guilty of hand-picking that selection of specs to prove a point, and there are other fields in that spec sheet that would give away the A5's lower position in the Galaxy universe. Display resolution is one (1080p), and the chipset is another (Exynos 7880). Even though it's made on a cutting-edge 14nm fabrication process, it's still only mainstream Cortex-A53 cores inside and not hard-hitting Mongooses or Kryos. And then the cameras lack OIS and 4K video recording, even if they both offer higher resolution than the Galaxy S7.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) at a glance:

 

  • Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 4 display protection
  • Screen: 5.2" 1080p Super AMOLED screen (424ppi); Always On Display
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow; Samsung Grace UX; Nougat update in the works
  • Chipset: Exynos 7880, 14nm process
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM; 32GB storage, dedicated microSD slot for expansion
  • Camera: Primary 16MP, f/1.9, 27mm; Secondary 16MP, f/1.9
  • Video: 1080p
  • Connectivity: nano SIM (dual SIM version available); LTE (Cat. 6); Wi-Fi ac; Bluetooth 4.2; FM Radio; USB Type-C; 3.5mm jack
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, Samsung Pay

 

Main shortcomings

 

  • Somewhat expensive - the Galaxy S6 can be had for less, the S7 is slightly pricier, but will certainly dip in a couple of months when the S8 comes out.
  • Android is still Marshmallow, though an update is coming.
  • No 4K video recording at a price point, where you can find plenty of phones that support it.

It's not exactly what you call a bargain, the A5 (2017), unfortunately. Its price tag makes a pretty solid case for the Galaxy S6, and why not even the S7 when the time is right? It's also not looking good that Samsung is putting out a new premium product with good ol' Marshmallow, and no shiny fresh Grace UX can make up for that.

None of that means we don't like the premise of a premium full-featured (or thereabout) smartphone positioned a notch below the flagships - quite the opposite. We'll be looking into just how much the A5 (2017) deserves its place in the world on the following pages, starting (not unusually) with a hardware overview.

 

Specifications

 

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2017, January

Status

Available. Released 2017, January

BODY

Dimensions

146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm (5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 in)

Weight

157 g (5.54 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 4), glass back, aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

Samsung Pay
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

DISPLAY

Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.2 inches, 74.5 cm2 (~71.5% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~424 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

 

Always-on display

PLATFORM

OS

Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Chipset

Exynos 7880 (14 nm)

CPU

Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU

Mali-T830MP3

MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Internal

32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM

 

eMMC 5.1

MAIN CAMERA

Single

16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm (wide), AF

Features

LED flash, panorama, HDR

Video

1080p@30fps

SELFIE CAMERA

Single

16 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/3.1", 1.0µm

Video

1080p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC

Yes

Radio

FM radio

USB

2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

FEATURES

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

 

ANT+

BATTERY

 

Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Charging

Fast charging 18W

Talk time

Up to 16 h (3G)

Music play

Up to 53 h

MISC

Colors

Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, Peach Cloud

Models

SM-A520F, SM-A520F, SM-A520K, SM-A520L, SM-A520S, SM-A520W

SAR

0.88 W/kg (head)     0.55 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.52 W/kg (head)     1.39 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 129.99 / £ 159.99 / € 289.95

TESTS

Performance

GFXBench: 5.2fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Display

Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 3.804 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 66dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 78dB

Audio quality

Noise -93.1dB / Crosstalk -90.2dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 95h

     

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