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Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1194 reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the camera and price are generally positive. The performance and battery are also appreciated, but there are some negative reviews about the connectivity and reception.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Andrew Wiliams (techradar.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review

 

Mid-range phone gets a She's All That makeover, and it mostly works.

Good battery life ; Potent OLED screen ; High-quality build

Fairly pedestrian CPU tech ; No camera OIS ; A little pricey for the hardware

The new Samsung Galaxy A5 looks like a flagship, performs like a mid-ranger and is priced somewhere in-between. It's a great phone, but a middling camera and CPU ensure it doesn't fully rise above rivals.

Mar, 2017

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Expert review by: Christopher Minasians (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review (2017): Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy S8 impresses

 

Following the Note 7 debacle, Samsung heads in the right direction with the keenly-priced Galaxy A5

Flagship-like quality on a budget ; Lengthy battery life ; Versatile camera

Middling performance

Still, I think Samsung has just about done enough to put the Galaxy A5 (2017) in the mix here, and takes a well-deserved place as one of the best mid-range handsets you can find in shops today. Even if it doesn’t quite edge out the OnePlus 3T, its...

May, 2017

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review

 

A mid-range phone in flagship clothing

Great build quality ; Punchy AMOLED screen ; Good battery life ; Decent cameras

Video could be a little sharper ; Some better-specced competition ; Audio is disappointing

Neatly balancing performance and price, the A5 has plenty to like - but there are strong rivals nipping at its heels

May, 2017

Expert review by: Alex Todd (recombu.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review: In Depth

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review: The Samsung Galaxy A5 has proven its worth in previous years. But does the 2017 refresh still make for a winning recipe?

Premium design ; Smooth performance ; Well designed UX ; Strong display

Out-performed by similarly priced phones ; Fingerprint magnet ; No 4K video recording

It’s not a perfect mid-range phone, but it consistently hits all the key notes you’d want a device in its class to, and it does so very well. It also does an excellent job of distilling down some of the main draws of the Galaxy S7 flagship, so if...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review: Samsung’s mid-range phone is still gorgeous and cheaper than ever

 

Samsung's mid-priced alternative to the OnePlus 5 touches down, and it's a very strong contender

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Paul Briden (knowyourmobile.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review: A STUNNING Android Phone

 

High-end metal and glass build materials and design, capable processor, well-optimised hardware and software, waterproof, decent camera, great display, superb battery life, affordable

A little lacking in top-end performance grunt

A really fantastic phone for the price, with excellent design and build, and has some of the best battery life on the market

Expert review by: Anirudh Regidi (tech.firstpost.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review: A well-built phone that lives or dies by Samsung Pay - Tech2

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 falls in the budget flagship segment and comes with a nice assortment of features that help it stand apart.

I’m in two minds about the Samsung Galaxy A5. On the one hand, Samsung Pay and IP68 certification are really nice. On the other hand, the OnePlus 3T offers dramatically more performance for the same price.

May, 2017

Expert review by: Victor H. (phonearena.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Samsung Galaxy S7

 

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is one of the most popular Android phones. In part, that's because of its very good performance and excellent camera. Another key factor is the stunning glass and metal design.

We take away two things about the S7 and the new A5 after using both for a while: these are two very good phones, but they are also different in more ways than is apparent by just looking at the two from aside.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Victor H. (phonearena.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review

 

These days, Samsung has simplified its previously huge lineup of phones: we now have the Galaxy S and Note series representing the best of Samsung, the Galaxy J series as the most affordable options, and then, there is the Galaxy A series standing...

Great design: solid build, comfortable size, nice heft ; Water resistance is a great extra ; Excellent battery life and quick charging ; Very good image quality in daylight ; Excellent on-screen keyboard, great typing experience ; Support expandable...

A bit overpriced ; Sub-par video rec quality, lack of video stabilization results in very shaky videos ; Runs on a 1-year-old Android version (6.0 Marshmallow) ; Performance is a bit stuttery, especially with more intense apps ; No LED notification light

The Galaxy A5 (2017) is such an interesting device: it’s designed to near perfection with a stylish curved glass back and metal frame, and has the water-protection that only more expensive phones have.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Hansa Verma (indianexpress.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review: Stylish design, excellent camera

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has a stunning design, thanks to a glass back and rounded corners. The phone easily fits in your hand, despite a 5.5-inch display. The glass back is curved around the two sides, and seamlessly merges into the display. Here is...

Jun, 2017

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000
Browsing time (3G):13
Browsing time (4G):16
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):18
Continuous audio playback time:53 / 57
Continuous audio playback time (display off):78
Continuous video playback time:19
Talk time (3G):16

Call management

Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Built-in Flash:Y
Digital Zoom:4
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:1.9
Front camera resolution (numeric):16
Geotagging:Y
Maximum frame rate:30
Night mode:Y
Rear camera aperture number:1.9
Rear Camera Resolution:4608 x 3456
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Self-timer:Y
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability:Y

Certificates

Body SAR (Canada):0.54
Body SAR (EU):1.39
Head SAR (Canada):0.88
Head SAR (EU):0.522

Design

Brand colour:Black Sky / Blue Mist / blue-mist / Gold Sand / gold-sand / Peach Cloud / peach-cloud
Colour of product:Black / Blue / Gold / Pink
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Form factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP68
Protection features:Dust resistant, Water resistant

Display

Display diagonal:13.2
Display number of colours:16 million colours / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:N / Y
Gyroscope:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, OPUS, Vorbis, WMA / AAC,AAC+,AMR-NB,AMR-WB,FLAC,MP3,OPUS,Vorbis,WMA
FM radio:Y
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP, WEBP / BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WBMP,WEBP
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, H.265 / H.263,H.264,H.265
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / H.263, H.264, H.265, MP43, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, VP9, WMV7, WMV8 / H.263,H.264,H.265,MP43,MPEG4,VC-1,VP8,VP9,WMV7,WMV8
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / AMR-NB,AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
Barometer:Y
BeiDou:Y
Electronic compass:Y
GLONASS:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 850,900,1900,2100
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, WCDMA / HSDPA,HSUPA,UMTS,WCDMA / UMTS / UMTS, WCDMA / WCDMA
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,800,850,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, DID, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP
Bluetooth version:4.2
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):N / Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

Carrying case:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:N / Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

ANT+ enabled:Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N / Y
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:8
Processor family:Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.9
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:7880

Software

Exchange support:Y
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:6.0 / 6.0.1 / 6.0.16

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:3
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:256
RAM capacity:3
USB mass storage:Y
User memory:23.1

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google Maps, YouTube / Gmail,Google Chrome,Google Drive,Google Hangouts,Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.9 / 79
Height :146.1
Weight:159
Width:71.1 / 71.4