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Samsung Galaxy A5/A7 (2017): Full Spec and Features

By Avery Pacheco, 23/04/2017, updated on 14/01/2022

Samsung will be soon launching the 2017 edition of its Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 upper mid-range Android smartphones. The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) are successors to last year s models and bring in a range of improvements over the predecessors. This guide will give a full specifications and feature introduction of Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7.


Galaxy A5

Galaxy A7



2017, January

2017, January


Available. Released 2017, January

Available. Released 2017, January



146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm (5.75 x 2.81  x 0.31 in)

156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm (6.17 x 3.06  x 0.31 in)


157 g (5.54 oz)

186 g (6.56 oz)


Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM  (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM  (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)



Super AMOLED capacitive  touchscreen, 16M colors

Super AMOLED capacitive  touchscreen, 16M colors


5.2 inches (~71.5% screen-to-body  ratio)

5.7 inches (~73.6% screen-to-body  ratio)


1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel  density)

1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel  density)





Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Always-on display

Always-on display



Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)


Exynos 7880 Octa

Exynos 7880 Octa


Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53

Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53





Card slot

microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated  slot)

microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated  slot)


32 GB, 3 GB RAM

32 GB, 3 GB RAM



16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm, autofocus, LED  flash, check quality

16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm, autofocus, LED  flash, check quality


Geo-tagging, touch focus, face  detection, panorama, HDR

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face  detection, panorama, HDR


1080p@30fps, check quality

1080p@30fps, check quality


16 MP, f/1.9, 1080p

16 MP, f/1.9, 1080p


Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh  battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh  battery


Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist,  Peach Cloud

Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist  and Peach Cloud

13 Best Samsung Galaxy A5/A7 Features You Cannot Miss out

1. Multitasking

Though Samsung A5 is based on Android Marshmallow, you still get new feature called the split windows to enable multi-tasking. To open any two apps in this mode, long-press on the recents menu and choose the app of your choice. So, enjoy the features of the Nougat, even without upgrading.

2. Always on Display

Samsung Galaxy A5 has a 5.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. It is coupled with the Always on Display (AOD). With this feature, you don't need to touch the power button now and again to see the notifications or time.

3. Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay is equipped to work in both NFC and MST. which makes it easy to make payments almost everywhere. Making a payment with Samsung Pay is extremely simple. All you have to do is register the card details and tap or align your phone against the PoS. Enter the PIN and the transaction is complete.

4. Secure Folder

Available in the Advanced features, this one lets you create a secured vault within the phone.

5. One-Handed Mode

This mode lets you adjust the position of the layout, and all it requires is three taps on the home button to activate it.

One-Hand Mode

6. Quick Camera Launch

Galaxy A5 gives the perfect feature to grab pictures in a jiffy. All you need to do is tap on the home button twice and the camera will be launched right away.

Quick Camera Launch

7. Wide Angled Selfie

The Wide Angled Selfie mode is like the panorama mode. Just click the central part of the image first and move the camera in the straight line towards the left and right.

Wide Selfie

8. Notification Reminder

Notification reminder allows you set reminders for unread notifications on your Galaxy A6/A7 phone. Notifications can be overwhelming and while we tend to ignore them most of the time, this feature makes double sure that you don't miss the important ones.

Notification Reminder

9. Smart Stay

Smart Stay detects your face with the front camera so that the screen stays on while you are looking at it. Smart Stay works best under the following conditions:When the device is held steady and uprightWhen the device is in a well-lit environment, but the screen is not in direct light.When the front camera is not being used by other applications.

10. Find my Mobile

The Find my mobile features a few settings like remote controls and location service that prove to be super helpful when your device gets lost. From something trivial like making your phone ring to something serious like wiping the data off the phone, this feature needs to be surely enabled.

Find My Mobile

11. Game Tools

Game tools would improve your gaming experience. From recording your gaming session to moving onto a do not disturb mode, this one has all the features wrapped up in a floating bubble.

Game Tools

12. Easy Mode

On a lookout for bigger font size and huge icons, or in other words a simple layout? Galaxy A5 packs in this feature which lets you have super big icons and fonts.

13. Themes and Wallpapers

The Galaxy a5 comes packed with a plethora of themes and wallpapers. Long-press on the home screen and tap on the themes and wallpaper icon and you will be immediately transformed into a world of colorful and classy themes.