Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) to Go on Sale in India Today

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) to Go on Sale in India Today
Highlights
  • The two smartphones are identical in terms of design and features
  • The smartphones are nearly identical in terms of specifications
  • Both feature an IP68-rating for dust and water resistance

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) are set to go on sale in India from Wednesday. To recall, the South Korean consumer electronics giant had launched the smartphones in the country in the first week of March, and at that time had specified a March 15 availability date. The smartphones will be available to buy via the Samsung India E-Store as well as offline retailers in Black Sky and Gold Sand colour variants.

The company has priced the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) at Rs. 28,990, while the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) has been priced at Rs. 33,490. The highlights of Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones are their Galaxy S7-style design, their "enhanced" cameras (compared to their predecessors) with low-light optimisation, a simplified camera UX with a Food Mode, as well as their IP68-rating for dust and water resistance, which Samsung claims is a first for the price segment.

 

Samsung has launched the dual-SIM variants of the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones in the country, and they run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The two smartphones are nearly identical – the only differences are in screen size, battery capacity, dimensions, and weight. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display, measures 146.1x71.4x7.9mm, weighs 157 grams, and sports a 3000mAh battery. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display, measures 156.8x77.6x7.9mm, weighs 186 grams, and sports a 3600mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) First Impressions

As for the common specifications and features - the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones both come with 32GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB), a fingerprint scanner (placed on the home button), an Always on Display, a USB Type-C port coupled with a 3.5mm audio jack, Samsung Pay support, as well as the presence of features like Samsung Cloud and Secure Folder.

Both offer 4G (LTE Cat. 6) and VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and NFC. Both the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) also feature the same sensors - an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. Both smartphones are powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM, and both sport a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an f/1.9 aperture, as well as a 16-megapixel front camera with an f/1.9 aperture.

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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Ergonomic size, good build
  • IP86 rating
  • Samsung Pay support
  • Functional UI
  • Bad
  • Autofocus is slow, struggles in macros
  • Weak speaker for media playback
Display5.20-inch
ProcessorExynos 7880
Front Camera16-megapixel
Rear Camera16-megapixel
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity3000mAh
OSAndroid 6.0
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • IP68 rated
  • Very good build
  • Samsung Pay support
  • Functional UI
  • Bad
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Autofocus is slow, struggles in macros
  • Questionable value for money
Display5.70-inch
ProcessorExynos 7880
Front Camera16-megapixel
Rear Camera16-megapixel
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity3600mAh
OSAndroid 6.0
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
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