Specs comparison: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) vs. Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Today, Samsung has unveiled three new Galaxy A smartphonesGalaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017) – and they will go on sale early next month. The Galaxy A series has always been about style and premium build. However, Samsung has added a bunch of new and useful features this year including the Always On Display mode and IP68 certification.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) features a newer Exynos 7880 processor with a higher CPU clock speed and a more recent Mali-T830 GPU, more RAM and internal storage, a high-resolution front-facing camera, and Samsung Pay. Let’s have a look at a detailed specifications comparison of the Galaxy A5 (2016) and the Galaxy A5 (2017) in the table below. For a more detailed comparison, click here.

Galaxy A5 (2016)Galaxy A5 (2017)
Display5.2-inch FHD Super AMOLED, 424ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 45.2-inch FHD Super AMOLED, 424ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Always On Display
ProcessorExynos 7580 Octa, 1.6GHz octa-core CPU, and Mali-T720MP2 GPUExynos 7880 Octa, 1.9GHz octa-core CPU, and Mali-T830MP3 GPU
Rear Camera13-megapixel CMOS, f/1.9, autofocus, OIS, 1080p video recording16-megapixel CMOS, f/1.9, autofocus, OIS, 1080p video recording
Front camera5-megapixel, f/1.9 aperture, 1080p video recording16-megapixel, f/1.9 aperture, 1080p video recording
Storage16GB internal, microSD card slot (up to 128GB)32GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB)
SoftwareAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradable to Android 7.0Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, upgradable to Android 7.0
ConnectivityDual-SIM, LTE, FM Radio, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, microUSB v2.0 with OTGDual-SIM, LTE, FM Radio, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, USB Type-C with OTG
Battery2,900 mAh, fast wired charging3,000 mAh, fast wired charging
Other featuresSamsung KNOX, Fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay (NFC model only)Samsung Pay (NFC and MST), KNOX, fingerprint sensor, IP68 dust and water resistance, and USB Type-C port


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I got the A5 on St Patrick’s day in Canada. It is awesome compared to my S4 . The store didn’t have any good cases so I took my search on line. I beleive by the specs that both 2016 and 2017 have identical button, charging , and camera with flash positions. This smart phone with Android 6.0.1 is fastand yes I will still clean it regularly too. Charging with USB C is super quick with the 16 amp charging adapter. I have ordered new wires and USB C from Micro USB connectors onlines too. So in closing does any… Read more »




They launched phone with older software and then will update it for 2 times and say we are upgrading products for two times

What a game !

Martin R.
Martin R.

You really think they would release this on Android 7.0? Not even the S7 has it …


Apparantly they launched product very wrong time and played politics But if you know nougat is announced very earlier last year then normal years by google So they could have start the development then and release the device 1 month later in 2017 no pro. But this type of game like release with older version + give 2 updates ! I am so sick of it ! They are just fooling people in their mid range devices … Coz at this price one may need a better processor like sd 820 or sd 653 at least ! With 4 gb… Read more »