Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 2017: our handling of the new mid range [Exclusive Guide]
we were able to test the new Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 in 2017 and will deliver a first notice on new Korean brand mid-range smartphones that evolve smoothly, with some welcome new features.
as last year, Samsung differentiates its Galaxy A3 and A5 on some points, including the format. The A3 take a screen 4.7 inches with a HD screen when the A5 for a slab of 5.2 inches Full HD. Proposed € 100 cheaper that its big brother, the A3 for logically a sheet a notch below, as you can see in our comparison chart.
|Samsung Galaxy A5 2017||Samsung Galaxy A3 2017|
|display||Super AMOLED of 5.2 inches Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppp, ratio 71.5%), Always on display||Super AMOLED of 4.7-inch HD 1280 x 720 pixels (312 ppp, ratio 67.9%), Always on display|
|CPU||8 64-bit Exynos 7880 to 1.9 Ghz cores , Cortex-A53||8 core 64-bit Exynos 7870 to 1.6 Ghz, Cortex-A53|
|graphics chip (GPU)||Mali-T830 MP2||Mali-T830|
|RAM||3 GB||2 GB|
|32 GB||16 GB|
|MicroSD||Yes , up to 256 GB||Yes, up to 256 GB|
|16 MP, opening f / 1.9. [email protected] FPS video||13 MP, opening f / 1.9. [email protected] FPS video|
|16 MP, opening f / 1.9. [email protected] FPS video||8 MP, opening f / 1.9. [email protected] FPS video|
|4 G + Cat. 6 (up to 300 / 50 Mbps)||4 G + Cat. 6 (up to 300 / 50 Mbps)|
|connectivity||Wi – Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n/ac (2.4 & 5 Ghz), WiFi Direct, 4.2, NFC, A – GPS, GLONASS Bluetooth, Radio FM||Wi – Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n/ac (2.4 & 5 Ghz), WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, A – GPS, GLONASS, Radio FM|
|connections||nanoSIM , USB Type-C 1.0, fingerprint reader, Jack 3.5 mm||nanoSIM, USB Type-C 1.0, fingerprint reader, Jack 3.5 mm|
|Audio||speaker mono, dual microphones with noise||speaker mono, dual microphones with noise|
|color||gold, blue, pink, black||gold Blue, pink, black|
|Dimensions||146.1 x 71,4 x 7.9 mm||135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm|
|157 grams||135 grams|
|Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow + Samsung TouchWiz||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow + Samsung TouchWiz|
|battery||3000 mAh non-removable , Quick charge||2350 mAh no removable|
|DAS||head: 0.52 W/kg, body: 1.39 W/kg||head: 0.35 W/kg, body: 1.38 W/kg|
|seal||Yes , certified IP68 (1.5 meters for 30 minutes)||Yes, IP68 certified (1.5 meters for 30 minutes)|
best finishes for the Galaxy A3 and A5 2017
once in hand, both models benefit from the same level of finishes, higher than those of last year which was already excellent. The front and rear are glass and slices in aluminium. Design curved edges gives them a nice, particularly on the A3 model, very compact grip.
the changes at the level of design compared to the 2016 models are quite subtle. The photo sensor rear that exceeds any more. Same thing for the central button that shows more of the hull. If it is a glass back that marks the traces of fingers, A3 and A5 of 2017 have a design of the best finishes.
Plug headset, USB – C, sealing and fingerprint reader
in 2017, A range takes advantage of reversible USB – C, without forgetting the 3.5 mm jack which is still in the game. The two new Galaxy A 2017 also win sealing with an IP68 certification that allows them to withstand dust and immersion up to 1.5 meter for 30 minutes.
It is interesting to see the headphone with USB – C on the mid range of Samsung this year. We’ll see whether or not the manufacturer made the same choice for my Galaxy S8. Another change, the speaker grille passes on the right edge and more below, so don’t block it holding the phone horizontally.
the fingerprint reader also made my arrival on the A3 model. The two mobile enjoy a welcome software addition and expected by many people: the option to unlock the phone by simply asking the finger, without having to press the Center button. Hope that this feature is provided on the range via an update.
Android Marshmallow and retouch software
Samsung wants to focus on the new features of the photo with this range A app. This translates into the ability to add a floating button to capture your shots, but also to the main camera to the front camera simply by dragging your finger up, or by pressing the home button twice.
the ‘secure record’ function is always part to be able to access multiple accounts from a single application and protect your data in a more personalized way, without to completely block access to other content.
The service Always On Display of the Galaxy S7 is also on the series A, to permanently display the clock or even the calendar on the screen saver, consuming a minimum of energy thanks to the AMOLED screen.
Autonomy and quick charge
we will wait for our full test of the new Galaxy A 2017 to decide more precisely on self-government. In the State, the capacity of battery of both models are fairly standard.
But we remember the very good software optimization that we had seen in our test of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 , which for one of the best autonomy in its class. Also note that only the Galaxy A5 benefits from rapid charge, not A3.
price, release date and accessories
the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 2017 are expected at the suggested price of €329 and € 429. At the level of the accessories, Samsung will still market its Clear View Cover, S View Cover (which earns a stand mode), but also a new girl, the Cover Neon.
This last lights on the edge when you receive a message, a call, etc. The effect is quite successful, only available in orange. No price for these accessories. The Galaxy A3 and A5 2017 will both be available in these four colors as soon as next February 3: gold, blue, pink, black.
our first review
with its new mid-range 2017, Samsung offers a smooth evolution. Models of last year were very qualitative, and improve further with the welcome addition of airtightness, reader imprint on the A3, as well as improved finishes.
The price remains high in absolute terms, but the new A 2017 could persuade those seeking devices able to do everything on a daily basis with impeccable finishes, and who do not want to spend €800 to buy the Korean brand high-end.
For those who wonder what happened to the Galaxy A7, the latter will not see the day in France, it is reserved for the Asian market.