Samsung Galaxy A5: Pricing, specifications & availability

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

If you’re after an affordable take on a Samsung Android phone, the Galaxy A5 combines waterproofing with decent performance.

Samsung Galaxy A5 At A Glance

When does the Galaxy A5 come out? 16 February 2017
What’s new about the Galaxy A5? 16MP front and rear cameras, USB C charging, waterproofing, Octa-core processor
How much will the Galaxy A5 cost? $649 outright or on contract

What is the Samsung Galaxy A5?

Samsung sells the Samsung Galaxy phones, such as the Galaxy S7 and upcoming Galaxy S8 as its premium line of phones. If you want something substantially cheaper, the Galaxy J phones are where Samsung serves the genuine budget market. The Galaxy A series, including the Samsung Galaxy A5, sits in the middle, offering a slew of features that at one point would have been exclusive to premium handsets.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A5 powerful?

As befits a mid-range phone, the Galaxy A5’s performance shouldn’t be expected to compete with genuinely premium handsets, because you’re not paying those kinds of prices. Samsung uses its own Octa Core Exynos 7880 silicon within the phone. That’s a solution built to be mid-range, against the higher specifications of the Exynos 8890 found in phones such as the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

However, if you’re not a high-end user, the performance of the Samsung Galaxy A5 should be more than adequate for tasks such as browsing, email or social media. Heavy photo editing or some intense mobile games may push it a little harder, however.

Does the Samsung Galaxy A5 have a good camera?

Samsung equips the Galaxy A5 with dual 16MP sensors on both the front and back of the phone. Camera performance isn’t just a question of counting pixels, but if you’re a selfie fan its performance should be very good.

Most mid-range phones tend to adopt the performance of the premium models of one or two years previous, and given that’s precisely when Samsung started offering good cameras in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy A5 should have decent camera performance.

How do I charge the Samsung Galaxy A5?

The Samsung Galaxy A5 charges and connects for data via the newer USB C standard. The Galaxy A5 isn’t Samsung’s first USB C phone, following the rather disastrous Samsung Galaxy Note 7. USB C allows for faster charging and data transfer, and is expected to rapidly replace the older microUSB standard for phone charging.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A5 water resistant?

Samsung rates the Galaxy A5 as IP68 rated for dust and water ingress. What that means is that while it’s not a phone you should take on your next Iron Man marathon swim, a short immersion in clean water should not adversely affect its operation. Samsung Australia states that the inclusion of water resistance was key in bringing the phone to Australia, as the 2016 variant of the A5 lacked this feature.

When will the Samsung Galaxy A5 be available in Australia?

Samsung will sell the Galaxy A5 in Australia from 16 February 2017. It will also be available on contract from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy A5 cost?

The Samsung Galaxy A5 will retail in Australia for $649 outright.

Carrier contract terms have not yet been released, but we’ll update once they do.

Samsung Galaxy A5 Specifications

Device Samsung Galaxy A5
Screen size 5.2in
Storage 32GB
Weight 157g
Processor Octa Core Exynos 7880
Rear camera 16MP
Front camera 16MP
Battery 3000mAh
Resolution 1080x1920
Display density 424ppi
RRP $649

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