The midrange water-resistant Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) have 16MP front and rear cameras

The midrange water-resistant Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) have 16MP front and rear cameras

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A5 (5.2-inch display, P19,990) and A7 (5.7-inch, P23,990) have 16MP rear and front cameras (for low-light shots and crisp selfies, respectively), are dust and water resistant (30 mins under 1.5m of water), feature Type C ports (for easy data transfer and charging), and have gorgeous full HD AMOLED displays (for great outdoor visibility and punchy colors). Both midrange phones were launched this January. At the launch, only the Galaxy A7 was available for product shots.

Samsung Galaxy A Series 2017, Samsung Galaxy A5, Samsung Galaxy A7

Save for the difference in screen and battery size, both the Galaxy A5 and A7 look exactly the same. See table below for specs differences, which are highlighted in orange.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Display 5.2 inch FHD Super AMOLED 1920  x 1080 resolution w/ Gorilla Glass 4 protection at 386 ppi 5.7 inch FHD Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ Gorilla Glass 4 protection at 386 ppi
CPU 1.9 GHz 64 Bit Exynos 7880 octa core processor 1.9 GHz 64 Bit Exynos 7880 octa core processor
GPU Mali T830 Mali T830
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
ROM 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 256 GB 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 256 GB
Rear Camera 16 MP f/1.9 w/ AF and LED flash 16 MP f/1.9 w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera 16 MP f/1.9 w/ wide angle lens and screen flash 16 MP f/1.9 w/ wide angle lens and screen flash
Battery 3,000 mAh w/ fast charging 3,600 mAh w/ fast charging
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ TouchWiz UI Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ TouchWiz UI
Connectivity WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE Cat 6, ANT+, NFC, GPS, A GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE Cat 6, ANT+, NFC, GPS, A GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
Others Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C, IP68 rating Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C, IP68 rating
Colors Black Sky, Gold Sand Black Sky, Gold Sand, and the Blue Mist 
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, geomagnetic, rgb light, hall, barometer, orientation, sound, pressure, gyroscope Accelerometer, proximity, geomagnetic, rgb light, hall, barometer, orientation, sound, pressure, gyroscope
Dimensions 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm 156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm
Weight 157 g 186 g
Price PHP 19,990 PHP 23,990

 

Here’s a look at the Galaxy A7 followed by a sample shot from the A7’s rear camera.

  • Samsung Galaxy A Series 2017, Samsung Galaxy A5, Samsung Galaxy A7
    The bezels are slim on this one.

 

We’re hoping to get a non-demo review unit soon, so we can provide you with a full rundown on what’s probably the only water-resistant midrange phone line up on the market now.

Samsung Galaxy A Series 2017, Samsung Galaxy A5, Samsung Galaxy A7

Above: the LG G5 shot with a demo unit of the Galaxy A7.

The P19,990 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and P23,990 Galaxy A7 (2017) are now available at Lazada Philippines. 

Liked this post? Follow SwirlingOverCoffee on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.