The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has passed quite a few of the mandatory steps before going official – with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications cleared, it also popped up on GeekBench and was also featured in a render video. Well, one of the preliminary units has apparently slipped out of the confines of NDAs and has gotten reviewed on video. Sadly, the video has since been taken down, but we’ll walk you through it.
First of all, it’s a Galaxy S7 lookalike, but we’ve already gotten a taste of that from the renders. We still don’t get a display diagonal, but initial data points to 5.2 inches, and Antutu reports a 1080p resolution. The Mali-T830 GPU has so far been used in the Exynos 7870 chipset, but since benchmark listings quoted a 7880 SoC, we’d conclude that it’s just an updated version of the 7870. There are 3GB of RAM on board and internal storage is 32GB, expandable via microSD. Speaking of Antutu, this A5 (2017) has scored just shy of 60,000 points in the popular benchmark.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) – the current model
The reviewer praises the phone for its battery life (which is generally our own experience with the Exynos 78xx chips), but doesn’t seem to be a fan of the camera. Additionally, he complains about UI hiccups, noting that the A5 (2017) still runs on non-final software. Oh, it’s still based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
With test units of the Galaxy A5 (2017) out in the open like that, we’re expecting an official announcement before the end of the year.