Samsung is simply putting the unfortunate Note 7 stories in their past, and after 7 months of bad press, the South Korean smartphone giant introduces a new smartphone to start 2017 with a bang and it is through the refresh version of their award winning Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone.
The very first A5 by Samsung was first appeared by the end of 2014 and since then, Samsung has adjusted and updated the design and style for each model. And this 2017, Samsung Galaxy released the third phone in the A5 name of their Galaxy models that simply looks like a flagship in a mid-range performance and priced slightly high for a mid-range smartphone.
The new Samsung Galaxy A5 delivers a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 X 1920 pixel resolution with a density of 424 pixels per inch. It gives a 71.5% screen to body ratio and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Like the 2016 version, the new Samsung Galaxy A5 is built with metal and glass, while the sides is made up of aluminum and is available in three colors of Black Sky, Gold Sand, and Blue Mist though the availability of colors may vary by country. Samsung illustrate the design as "Uniform all around and the design that is a delight to hold. Sitting perfectly level with the rear casing the absence of any camera protrusion allows for uniformly smooth and symmetrical design from all angles". The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is not just a stylish refreshed device, but a sturdy one as well as IP68 certified, making it dust resistance and a waterproof smartphone up to 1.5 meters in 30 minutes.
The new Samsung Galaxy A5 is 5.75 inches in height, 2.81 inches in width, and weighs at 159 grams or 5.61 ounces. It veers away from a 5.5 inch norm and goes for 5.2 inches to reduce the size of the phone. The bezel was also limited to a minimum while the curved on the back makes this 2017 smartphone an easy one to hold in one hand operation though the back area is a scratch magnet and can easily picks up a smudges as well as grease within only a small time of use.
Specs wise on paper, it’s noticeable that the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) seems to have more features than last year flagship Samsung Galaxy S7. For instance, the camera has a higher megapixels count and it is in both front and rear. There’s also a new USB-C socket likewise we still need to see how it will perform in a daily use of this device. The heart of this new Galaxy A5 is powered by Exynos 7880 Octa architecture in Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU cores supported by 3 GB of RAM that still runs in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The graphics department is being handled by the Mali T830MP3 GPU with 32 GB of flash storage, and is available for a memory expansion up to 256 GB through a micro SD card that can be thrust in a dedicated card slot.
This new smartphone by Samsung is powered by a non-removable Lithium-ion 3000 mAh of juice battery, just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 which is common now for Samsung mobile phones. With 3000 mAh, it seems that it doesn’t have a problem making it through a day plus it came with an adaptive fast charging supplied through its USB Type-C port that can deliver a 0-80% of charge in just one hour and reached the full charged of 100% in just under 90 minutes.
After some drama with the unfortunate Note 7, Samsung still knows how to deliver a mid-range champion smartphone. It may face a competition with the likes of OnePlus 3T which is somewhat a more powerful phone in a similar price, but Samsung has gained a lot of fans throughout the years and with the new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), there’s no doubt that it is still a great buy as it pushes the limits of a mid-range phone.