Samsung only brought out the last A Series last year, but how does the new series, released this month, compare to it’s predecessor?
The 2016 version had a glass body, back and front, much like the S7 that came out later in the year. The 2017 version also has a glass body but the design now has curved edges, which adds a lot to the look of the handset. It will be available in Black, Blue, Pink and Gold color options
Both of the handsets have the same 5.2” Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution. However, the new Galaxy A5 has the ‘Always On Display’ feature much like the S7 and S7 Edge.
Both handsets have the same Exynos 7880 chipset, however the 2016 version has a 1.6 GHz Octa-Core CPU, whilst the new 2017 version has a 1.9GHz Octa-Core CPU. This will boost the speed of the phone and make a noticeable difference.
The Galaxy A5 2016 had 2GB of RAM but the new handset has been upgraded to 3GB.
The 2016 version of the A5 has 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via Micro SD card. The new 2017 version has doubled in storage with a 32GB inbuilt storage, which also can be expanded with a Micro SD card.
The biggest difference between the two models is by far the camera. The 2016 version has a 13 Megapixel primary camera and a 5 Megapixel front camera with f/1.9 aperture, whereas the A5 2017 has a whopping 16MP camera for BOTH front and back with the same f/1.9 aperture! This one is built for the selfie-lover in mind.
The 2016 A5 at launch ran on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The new A5 will run on Andorid 6.0.1 Marshmallow which can be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat.
The older version was equipped with a 2900 mAh battery, with fast charging support. The 2017 handset comes with an upgraded 3000 mAh battery which also supports fast charging.
IP68 rated (dust and water resistance)-
The new device will be IP68 tested which means that much like the S7 range, it is dust and water resistant. So what does this mean exactly?
An Ingress Protection (IP) rating is awarded to a device to give a simple, clear indication of how protected it is from foreign bodies such as moisture or dust. The first number signifies, on a scale up to 7, how protected the device is from intrusion (“dust that may harm equipment”). The second, on a scale up to 9, gives an indication of how protected it is from moisture and temporary immersion in water.
Therefore, the 2017 A5, with a rating of 6 out of 7 and 8 out of 9 retrospectively, will be “dust tight” and can be immersed in water for a prolonged but not indefinite period of time.
The old A5 was priced at $430 at launch. The new device is priced at $490, and despite the difference of $60 it is extremely well priced for the offering, with the handset seeing a major upgrade in all departments.