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Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the screen and size are on the whole positive. The durability and performance also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the portability and price.

design, performance, durability, size, screen

price, portability

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

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 answer to the OnePlus 3T is fast, gorgeous and has great battery life

 

Samsung's mid-priced alternative to the OnePlus 3T touches down, and it's a very strong contender

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Paul Briden (knowyourmobile.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review: A Beautiful Mid-Range 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: 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: Souvik Das (digit.in)

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Review

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) offers good build, premium design, good display and an able camera. The performance is acceptable barring occasional flaws, and the battery life could have been better. To sum up, it offers good end-user experience, making...

Sturdy build quality ; Seamless design ; Good display ; Flagship-class user experience

Noticeable app load times ; Camera tends to falter at times

There’s not a single element that can be pointed out as ‘inferior’, in the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). The smartphone is built well, looks premium, offers a good display, a neatly organised interface, and a pretty decent camera. The performance is decent...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Ram (pinoytechblog.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 First Impressions

 

Tech giant Samsung has been at the forefront of the smartphone industry. With great staples such as the Note4 and innovative flagships like the S7 edge, Samsung is riding high right now. However, with flagship phones going for much higher prices,...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: (stuff.tv_in)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review

 

Most of the bits you love from Samsung's Galaxy range, but for half the price. What's not to like?

Flagship features like water resistance, AMOLED screen ; Decent performance and battery life ; Killer design

Outdated Android ; Beaten on specs by cheaper rivals ; Camera only works well in good light

Takes most of the features we loved in the Galaxy S7, but distills them down into a much more affordable handset. Specs might lag behind the OnePluses of the world, but design is on point.

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: S21 (s21.com)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review

 

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is a beautiful phone that's been over-priced. On monthly contracts, it will cost around the same as the Galaxy S7, but this is not a flagship phone. Wait for the price to fall to around £20/month, and you'll get a stunning...

We're cross about this phone. It's a beautiful device, with high-end looks and very solid mid-to-higher-end performance, but it's been priced as if it were a substitute for the Galaxy S7, which it certainly isn't.

Feb, 2017
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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
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 / 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):850,900,1900,2100
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards: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

Performance

Flight mode:N / Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):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
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 / 6.0.16

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:3
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:256
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 / 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