Head-to-Head: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

Now that you’ve seen the difference between the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) and its previous iteration, let’s see how the 2016 version of the A5 differs from this year’s offering. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of its spec sheet.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
1.9GHz octa-core processor1.6GHz octa-core processor
3GB of RAM2GB of RAM
5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display
32GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB)16GB of expandable storage (up to 128GB)
16-megapixel camera, f/1.9 aperture13-megapixel rear camera
16-megapixel camera, f/19 aperture5-megapixel rear camera
Dual SIMDual SIM
WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPSWiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
Fingerprint ScannerFingerprint Scanner
IP68 Certification (Water and Dust Resistant)Android 5.1 Lollipop
USB Type-C2900mAh Battery
3000mAh Battery with Fast Charging
Android 6.0.16 Marshmallow

Just like the A7 (2017), this year’s A5 gets a slight bump in its SoC clock speeds at 1.9GHz, up from last year’s 1.6GHz. The A5 (2017) also gets a bit of additional RAM at 3GB and double the storage capacity. The A7 and A5 also share the same camera setup with a 16-megapixel main shooter and a 16-megapixel selfie camera, both with an f-stop of f/1.9. The battery capacity on this year’s version doesn’t see a significant bump up, but at least it now breaches the 3000mAh mark for a bit more juice. IP68 certification for dust and water resistance is, of course, present in all the phones in the A series this year, so no worries if you happen to splash some water on your phone or those accidents involving the toilet bowl.

It’s more of the same story with its exterior. You’ve got the same metal build sandwiched by glass panels and rounder edges. While the A7 (2017) got a slightly bigger screen than its predecessor, the A5 still has the same 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display at Full HD; not that we’re complaining. The button, port, and speaker placement are the same as the one’s found on the A7; including the move from USB Type-C from MicroUSB.

And that’s it for this quick comparison between the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). For more on the latest smartphone releases in 2017, stay tuned to!

Read: Samsung Officially Outs Its 2017 A Series Lineup

Read: Head-to-Head: Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) vs Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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