It’s very clear what Samsung is going for, in the midrange segment at least. They’ve been launching the Galaxy A models, that mirror the past year flagship approach, but with lesser specs, while still keeping good cameras. Such was the case of the Galaxy A5 (2016), a solid midrange offering , inspired by the Galaxy S6 and now the Galaxy A5 (2017) is here, inspired by the Galaxy S7. And we unboxed it below.
Priced at $330 on Amazon, the handset comes with an USB Type C cable inside the box, an Adaptive Fast Charger, manual, metal key and headphones. The phone is resilient to dust and water and it sports a 3D glass panel at the front and one at the back, with gently curved edges. It feels like a Mini version of the Galaxy S7, basically. It also has a physical Home button with fingerprint scanner included, by the way.
Available in blue, black, gold and pink, the handset packs a 5.2 inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, as well as an Exynos 7880 octa CPU clocked at 1.9 GHz. They’re completed by 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, as well as a microSD card slot. Camera-wise, things look great, with a 16 MP main shooter with F/1.9 aperture, as well as another 16 MP selfie shooter with the same aperture.
This phone has USB Type C and LTE support, plus a 3000 mAh battery, the same capacity as the Galaxy S7 and S8. Finally, it runs on Android 6.0.1, possibly the only visible drawback here, but at least the UI is similar to what we saw on the Galaxy S8. We’ll be back very soon with a review because we’re curious to see how this model behaves in comparison to the excellent Galaxy A5 from last year.
You can get it here in the meantime.