Why buy Galaxy S7 if you can get A5 at a lower price

At a first glance A5 can easily be mistaken for Samsung’s current flagship smartphone the Galaxy S7

Tech Desk February 12, 2017
A mid-tier smartphone with high-end specs. PHOTO: SAMSUNG

While many are eagerly waiting and speculating about Samsung’s yet to announce flagship Galaxy device, the South Korean manufacturer has been quietly rolling out mid-tier smartphones.

The giant firm officially released its latest 2017 Galaxy A5, a follow-up to last year’s A5.

At a first glance the device can easily be mistaken for Samsung’s current flagship smartphone the Galaxy S7, which is saying something for a mid-ranged smartphone that costs much lower than the its higher end counterpart.

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The device features Samsung’s signature look with front and back glass panels that are wrapped around and metal frame and are made of quality materials giving it the A5 a premium feel.

The A5 doesn’t come short in the specs department either. The phone has a 5.2 inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and is powered by Exynos 7880 Octa chipset paired with 3GBs of RAM. The device packs all the gizmos that a high end phone would have with include a decent 16 megapixel camera and a fingerprint reader and a massive 3000 mAh battery.

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In comparison, the Galaxy S7 has a QHD display and a faster Exynos 8890 Octa with 4 GBs of RAM. In addition, this the flagship device also has a heart rate sensor. However, it is worth noting that all these make little difference for the average users.

All in all, new A5 offers most of the specs of a flagship phone in a mid-ranged smartphone.

This article originally appeared on The Independent.