How the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 compares to its predecessor


The new Galaxy A5 2017 is about to be released, come January 2017. Here’s how the new one compares to its predecessor.



Samsung decided that even the mid-range should be appealing to consumers. So they gave the new 2017 A5 the IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It’ll be a much more rigid and tougher device than its predecessor ever was.



Both these smartphones have the same 5.2-inch FHD display and will come with Samsung’s signature AMOLED goodness. No changes here in terms of quality or specs, but Samsung anyway didn’t need to make any improvements in this department at all. It checks all the right boxes.


The old one had about 2GB of RAM, with the 2017 model coming in at 3GB. The former came with Snapdragons under-powered but capable 615 processor with Lollipop upgradeable to Marshmallow. We’re not sure that it’ll get the Nougat treatment just yet though.The 16GB internal storage was measly, but at least the device allowed for extended storage capabilities as well.

The 2017 Galaxy A5 comes with 3GB of RAM, coupled with Samsung’s Exynos processor – a much more powerful Octa-core CPU compared to last year’s processor along with double the internal storage as well as the addition of an SD card slot. We have no doubt this will be one of the best mid-range performers out there once the new year kicks off.


The 2016 A5 featured a 13MP camera that wasn’t really as good of a performer, but took decent shots at best. The 2017 model will come with a 16MP camera, whose picture quality is yet to be tested but we’re hopeful for some great snaps. Samsung’s secondary camera this time around is also tipped at 16MP while its last offering only offered a 5MP selfie shooter. So we’re not going to need to compromise on our selfie-game. Since the aperture has been now set to f1/8 rather than last year’s f1/9, seems like we’ll get just a smidge extra depth in the shots.


The battery this time around has also been given a little boost from 2900mAh to 3000mAh. The Exynos will probably require that extra battery power to get all its gears up and running. But Nougat’s extensive battery saving and doze mode should also extend the battery life of the device throughout the day, so we’re highly optimistic for power users.


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