Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

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Excellence Score
33.6
34.0
Value for Money Score
59.6
52.6
Price ₹ 19,999 onwards ₹ 25,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2017 Mar, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, 2.5D + 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, 2.5D + 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.9 GHz 1.9 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7880Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 7880Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830MP2 Mali-T830
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16.0MP 16.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, 27mm Focal Lenght, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR F/1.9 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 159 gm 186 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3600 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 16.00 hrs 23.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 18 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 19 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 53 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Always On Display Off): upto 78 hrs Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 17 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 20 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 59 hrs, Audio Playback Time: (Always On Display Off): upto 94 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) Back Panel; Fast Battery Charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Classy design, flagship-grade build quality
  • Water-resistant/Dust-resistant with IP68 rating
  • Fast/accurate fingerprint reader embedded in the home button
  • Excellent 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display - bright, vivid, and visible in the sun
  • TouchWiz, Samsung's interface is functional and feature-rich, and now also sleeker
  • Also includes Samsung Pay, Samsung's new mobile payment interface, which is pretty useful and can remove the hassle of using physical debit/credit cards
  • Pretty good overall performance (though not flagship-class), backed by a pretty efficient chipset
  • Decent rear camera (same as Galaxy A7) - gives out good, balanced results especially in daylight
  • The 16MP selfie camera (same as Galaxy A7) produces decent results too (but its focus is fixed way too close, so you're forced to choose between wide coverage or images that are simply not in focus)
  • Decent loudspeaker - it's nice and clear at maximum volume too
  • Superb battery life, posting excellent numbers in all battery life tests - should last you a full two days with moderate use
  • Quick charging support
  • Comfortable size, nice heft
  • 1080p video quality is pretty decent too, so is the audio that accompanies it
  • Aesthetic, refined design, with a premium chassis feel
  • Waterproof body
  • Beautiful large display - well suited to media consumption
  • Polished, feature-rich UI
  • Also includes Samsung Pay, Samsung's new mobile payment interface, which is pretty useful and can remove the hassle of using physical debit/credit cards
  • Very good performance - backed by a chipset powerful enough for you multitasking needs, and at the same time extremely efficient - though it falls behind the top performers in the price bracket like the OnePlus 3T, and Moto Z
  • Very good call quality
  • Good loudspeaker - it's nice and clear at maximum volume too
  • Amazing battery life - comfortably one of the best in this price bracket - if you need a weekend warrior with a large screen, this is it
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glass back is inevitably prone to fingerprints, and is slippery
  • No LED notification light
  • The large size means that its not the most portable or ergonomic phone, and is somewhat heavy and bulky
  • There is some color temperature shifting when tilting the display
  • Camera is decent but could be better, at this price point
  • No support for 4K video recording, or OIS
  • The glass chassis can be fragile, so you will probably be well advised to use a case
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