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Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 reviews of Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the size and screen are overall positive. The durability and performance are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the portability and price.

design, performance, durability, screen, size

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 97/100 = 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 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

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 (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 (

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: Souvik Das (

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: Jonathan Bray (

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: (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

Product Specifications


Browsing time (3G):13
Browsing time (4G):16
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):18
Continuous audio playback time (display off):78


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera aperture number:1.9
Front camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera aperture number:1.9
Rear Camera Resolution:4608 x 3456
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Single camera


Brand colour:Black Sky / Blue Mist / blue-mist / Gold Sand / gold-sand / Peach Cloud / peach-cloud


Screen shape:Flat


E-mail: Yes


BeiDou: Yes
Position location: Yes


2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
4G: Yes
4G bands supported:700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM

Ports & interfaces

ANT+ enabled: Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
USB port: Yes


User memory:23.1