The first Samsung Galaxy A5 handset made its way to the world back in 2014 and was later followed by a newer model in 2015.
Make no mistake – the Galaxy A5 model announced in 2014 is actually the 2015 version while the model released towards the end of 2015 is now the 2016 version. With this in mind, Samsung has apparently dropped a hint of a new Galaxy A5 handset in the making – a phone that appears to be the 2017 version of the same handset.
The unreleased Galaxy A5 version comes with a new model number when compared to the two models released in the past two years. It has SM-A520F as the model number and looking at the leaked benchmarks, the mid-ranger also comes with upgrades on the RAM, moving from the current 2GB to 3GB RAM. The leaked A5 also comes with a new octa-core Exynos processor that is clocked at a speed of 1.87GHz.
The 2016 Galaxy A5 comes with a Snapdragon 615 SoC that is supported by a 2GB RAM. However, it seems Samsung will shift to an Exynos 7880 SoC that is paired with a Mali T830 graphics unit and 3GB RAM. Unfortunately, there is no word on what size of storage the phone will come with, but considering the current model has 16GB of expandable storage, don’t be surprised to come across 32GB, with microSD card storage on board.
As far as the display is concerned, expect something close to a 5.2-inch Full HD unit with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Like the storage, there is also no word on the camera specs, but it is possible that Samsung might go for a 16MP snapper on the back with f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP sensor on the front with the same aperture. You can also expect the battery capacity to improve when the new Galaxy A5 is unveiled, but as for the software, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will still take centerstage. There is still room for surprises on this software aspect, though, as Samsung might opt for the new Android 7.0 Nougat.
Regarding the possible launch date, Samsung could unbox the supposed Galaxy A5 2017 model towards the end of November or early December. As usual, this phone is expected to be sandwiched with Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A7.