Why the Galaxy A5 (2017) is good news for Samsung

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The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is one of the most awaited phones for early 2017. Samsung not only aims to use this new smartphone to polish its image after the Note 7 fiasco, but also to reinforce the popularity of its seductive 2016 opus. What we currently know is enough to uncover the potential of the future A5 (2017) and to realize that this phone could have a successful career ahead of it. It may be good enough to kick off the year 2017 in the best possible way for Samsung after a difficult end of year in 2016.

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A design inspired by the Galaxy S7

Last year, the Galaxy A5 (2016) marked a distinct improvement in the range compared to the 2016 generation. The phone was equipped with a fingerprint reader but more notably, it inherited a metal finish inspired by the S6. This year, Samsung seems to want to stick to a formula that works. The south Korean manufacturer has understood this clearly. A large proportion of users put the design of the phone as a leading criterion in their choice of smartphone. This is why the Galaxy A5 (2017) should borrow some of the styling of the Galaxy S7.

The first designs that were uncovered actually follow this logic. The smartphone mixes metal and glass with soft harmonious curves on the sides. The family resemblance with the Galaxy S7 is clear and many people who do not ardently follow the latest news regarding telephones get them mixed up. The slight advantage compared with the S7 is that the camera doesn’t protrude from the back cover at all. Of course, Samsung is crafty and will offer this smartphone in different colors (blue, pink, black and golden yellow) to avoid disappointing anyone.

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An appropriate spec sheet for a mid-range phone

Appearance is not everything. However, luckily, Samsung does not seem to want to make sacrifices with its new smartphone. Under the hood, there is an Exynos 7880 processor and 3 GB of RAM. This should be enough to ensure satisfactory performance for normal users. A 3000 mAh battery and a 13 MP main camera should also be available. All this for a smartphone with a 5.2-inch Full-HD screen and unfortunately running under Android Marshmallow.

Furthermore, as a worthy successor of the A5 (2016), this new version should boast an impressive battery life of 2 days with intense use. This is just as well since it is one of the most sought-after qualities in a mobile phone.

As a worthy successor of the A5 (2016), this new version should boast an impressive battery life with 2 days of intense use.

Finally, after the successes of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the south Korean firm might also decide to to offer an IP68 certification for the phone but this is, unfortunately, only speculative. This would allow the smartphone to be submerged in water to a depth of 1.5 meters, and for a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Having said this, don’t imagine that you’ll be going swimming with your smartphone. The point of this sort of resiliency is rather to avoid the many risks and issues of daily life.

More affordable than the Galaxy S7

Let’s not kid ourselves, price is a determining factor. Although many people may be seduced by the qualities of a Galaxy S7, this can change quickly with the price of the device. The Galaxy A5 (2017) is therefore responding to these users with a tighter budget, offering a starting price of around $400. There is also no doubt that this price will decrease rapidly after its launch.

So, yes, the Galaxy A5 (2017) may not offer the best value for money on the market and the competition will be strong in this area. However, the addition of many small details (design, battery life, price…) will have the potential to affect the outcome. Add to this the strength of the Samsung brand (it is one of the preferred brands of Android users) combined with its marketing prowess and its distribution strategy and it is easy to understand why I am already predicting a big hit for this mid-range product and therefore for Samsung. The strategy worked for the A5 (2016), so there is a strong probability that it will work again for its successor.

Do you think you’ll be seduced by the Galaxy A5 (2017)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Gail Jeffrey Jan 23, 2018 Link to comment

    I upgraded to a Galaxy A5 3 weeks ago. Bought a case to protect it. A few days ago I noticed small shards of glass coming through the case. When I took the case off the entire back of the phone was a spider's web of fine cracks. Did not realize till then the back of the phone is covered in glass, not metal as in every other phone I have owned. The phone was not dropped, bent or in any other way misused. Why would a phone manufacturer make two glass screens - just doubles the chances of something going wrong. Has anyone else had this problem? At the moment the phone is still working, but am getting a notification that there is moisture in the charging port - also have never had this problem before.

  • Daniel Moore Dec 12, 2016 Link to comment

    I love Samsung but now there just bringing crap from other contries to fill Note 7 gap....J7 Samsung One Samsung Mega... and there new A10.1 tablet its junk I own or have owed each of thes phones long live Note 4 If Samsung who is rethinking removable backs like LG had done so with Note 7 how many millions of dollars and phones would still be in operation Quit this Glass sealed waterproof bullshit stuff did not get hot melt or burn before. We dont need faster processors and thinner batteries we need phone that work and keep batteries accessable and phones durable 800 plus dollars for a phone

  • Hilko R. Dec 9, 2016 Link to comment

    still overpriced. next please.

  • W Jerald Cole Dec 8, 2016 Link to comment

    add a stylus like the Note series, and I would be interested

    • Daniel Moore Dec 12, 2016 Link to comment

      No You would not...Have you seen one of these phone there already out on youtube Samsung needs to put the damn brakes on an make a couple really good durable phones and have there own sense of style this thing looks just like the pixel phone

  • Andrew Burgin Dec 8, 2016 Link to comment

    Trying to make your mid-range phone look your Best seller is a good idea from Samsung, its getting harder to please every consumer with loads of phones available, some buy phones on the looks or the name on it, but batterylife & cameras on phones should be the best choice and Samsung as the done there best in these sections

    • Daniel Moore Dec 12, 2016 Link to comment

      yes but they fail in consistancy in a market that is so saturated cheap Chinease phone are getting better for 400.00

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