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Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3019 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. Comments about the battery and camera are on the whole positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the connectivity. There are some critical comments about the reception.

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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 95/100 = 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: 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

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

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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: 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

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
Front camera type:Single camera
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