The Galaxy A5 has more in common with Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7 than its budget J-series lineup, and despite costing significantly less than $250, the Galaxy A5’s clean metal frame and all-glass front almost puts some of its pricier siblings to shame. It fits snug in your palm, with its tapered back and it’s nice to see that the rear camera is flush to the body of the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) as it did last year comes equipped with a 5.2in, Full HD, Super AMOLED display, racking up a pixel density of 424ppi. That’s not sharp enough to use the A5 with the Gear VR headset according to Samsung.
When it comes to performance, impressions of this year’s Galaxy A5 were solid to begin with. The octa-core Samsung Exynos 7880, clocked at 1.9GHz, seems a nippy enough performer and the accompanying 3GB of RAM keeps Android feeling snappy. The phone’s graphics performance is somewhat less impressive. As for battery life, that’s much, much better. This year’s Galaxy A5 ships with a 3,000mAh power pack, while it’s cheaper A3 sibling runs on a slightly smaller 2,350mAh offering and it put in a sterling performance in our video playback tests. It lasted 22hrs 5mins before giving up and shutting down, beating the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge by almost four hours. Oh, and there’s USB Type-C fast charging, too.