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Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520)

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520)
alaScore 94

3771 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3771 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. People are impressed by the performance and durability. The size and battery also get good feedback, whereas comments about the camera and usability are mixed.

design, battery, size, durability, performance

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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Victor H. (

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. (

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: Ram (

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: S21 (

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review


The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is a beautiful phone with a sharp screen, fast processor, and plenty of memory. Now that the price has fallen to around £20/month, it's super value too.

The 2017 Galaxy A5 is a beautiful device, with high-end looks and very solid mid-to-higher-end performance. The price has fallen considerably since launch, and the phone now competes with phones like the Huawei P10 Lite and Sony Xperia X . Asked by...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Jessica Murgia (

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review: a mid-range phone with premium features


Samsung kicked off 2017 by presenting the Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A3 2017 at the CES in Las Vegas, both devices with design traits clearly borrowed from the Galaxy S7. In this first hands-on review of the Galaxy A5 2017, we'll give you a run-down of...

Even just having moved the speaker will do wonders to improve user experience. This small but significant factor shows us that the Samsung put a lot of effort into the Galaxy A series to come up with a quality phone. So far, there is no news about a US...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Andrew Wiliams (

Samsung Galaxy A5 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.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Anirudh Regidi (

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

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Expert review by: Christopher Minasians (

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? (

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: Marie Black (

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review: A Galaxy S7 lookalike with a much lower price


Samsung has updated its mid-range Galaxy A5 phone for 2017, but is this stripped-down Galaxy S7 lookalike worth your money? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review.

The Galaxy A5 2017 is a fantastic mid-range phone, with the looks of a flagship and some decent performance and all-round specs. Our only real concern is that Samsung is pricing itself out the market, with just a small difference in price separating...

Feb, 2017

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:3000
Battery performance: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 / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes


Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:1.9
Front camera resolution (numeric):16
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Maximum frame rate:30
Night mode:Y / Yes
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 / Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability:Y / Yes


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


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


Display Diagonal:5.2
Display number of colors:16 million colours / 16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:No / Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


Chat:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes


FM radio:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP, WEBP / BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WBMP,WEBP
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / H.263, H.264, H.265, MP43, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, VP9, WMV7, WMV8
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
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / AMR-NB,AMR-WB


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


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 / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
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 / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y / Yes
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 / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y


Flight mode:No / Y / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list
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 / Yes
Video call:Y / Yes

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


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


Exchange support:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0 / 6.0.1 / 6.0.16


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 / Yes
User memory:23.1


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:0.311 / 3.11
Width:2.8 / 2.81