Samsung has slashed the prices of its 2017 a series line up in India by up to a massive Rs 5,000 ahead of the start of the festive season. But the Galaxy A5 was launched at Rs 28,990, the Galaxy A7 2017 was available for Rs 33,490 on launch.
Recently, these phones were retailing at an MOP of Rs 26,900 and Rs 30,900 respectively. After the newly announced price cut, the Galaxy A5 will sell for an MOP of Rs 22,900 while the Galaxy A7 2017 will sell for an MOP of Rs 25,900.Successors to last year’s A5 and A7 2016, the A5 and A7 2017 were first announced at CES. They were launched in India in March.
The A5 and A7 2017 have been designed specifically to offer a flagship Galaxy S7-kind of experience at a not so flagship Galaxy S7-kind of pricing. The A5, in particular, looks ridiculously like the S7 owing to its 5.2-inch compact form factor. It shares its build materials, meaning, 3D glass — Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front — and metal on the sides as well.
The A5 also borrows two of the biggest highlights of the S7. It is IP68 certified for one, which makes it dust and water-resistant and also it comes with Samsung’s characteristic Always-on display.
In terms of hardware specs, the A5 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and a 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 7880 processor clubbed with Mali-T830MP3 GPU under the hood. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card slot.
The A5 is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI. The phone also supports 4G LTE and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. The A5 is MST-enabled as well which makes it Samsung Pay-ready out-of-the-box.
On the camera front, the A5 comes with a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording. On the front, it sports a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 1080p video recording.
As for the Galaxy A7 2017, the phone is an exact replica of the A5, in terms of looks as well as paper specs differing only in screen size and battery capacity. The A7 has a 5.7-inch screen and a larger 3,600mAh (as opposed to 3,000mAh in case of the A5) battery inside.