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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) battery life test result shows this phone is a battery beast

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) battery life test result shows this phone is a battery beast

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) comes with the promise to deliver outstanding battery life.

The affordable 5.2-inch phone has a 3,000 mAh battery that is said to deliver an impressive 13 hours of web browsing time on 3G, 16 hours on 4G LTE and 18 hours on Wi-Fi. Add some idle time and we are looking at a two-day real-life battery use that could even extend to three days if you don't use your phone all that much.

Are those numbers legit?

We ran our custom battery test to find out if the Galaxy A5 (2017) is indeed the battery beast that Samsung promises. It has the chops: a modern, 14nm Exynos system chip that delivers excellent power efficiency and a 1080 x 1920 display that does not tax it as much as a Quad HD screen would.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) is a battery beast. It scores way above flagships

Let's waste no time and get to the Galaxy A5 (2017) battery life test results right away: it's all true. This phone is a battery beast. On our custom test, where we put all phones at the same 200-nit brightness, a level comfortable for indoor use, it scored 11 hours and 9 minutes, the most of any mainstream phone of this size and caliber.

In comparison, the already good performers such as the Galaxy S7 scored nearly half that battery life at just 6 hours and 37 minutes. The popular iPhone 7 was also way behind with a score of 7 hours and 46 minutes, which is good in our books, but nowhere near the excellent levels of the Galaxy A5 (2017). Even the new Google Pixel with its very solid battery life scores way below the new A5.

We will be adding more detailed real-life impressions to this post in the coming week as we get to use the phone more.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Battery Test Results

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 11h 9 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 9h 55 min (Excellent)
Huawei nova 10h 1 min (Excellent)
Honor 8 9h 7 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Google Pixel 7h 45 min (Good)
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We are also testing how much time it takes for phones to recharge their batteries from 0 to 100% using the stock wall charger.

2-day battery life and super fast recharge times

The Galaxy A5 (2017) re-charge times are also excellent: it takes the phone just 1 hour and 31 minutes to get its 3,000 mAh battery fully replenished. That's on par with the flagship Galaxy S7, and way faster than the Google Pixel and the depressingly slow iPhone 7.

The secret behind those fast charging times is the Fast Adaptive Charger by Samsung that is able to push up to 15-watts to the phone.

All in all, the Galaxy A5 (2017) is a beast in terms of performance. It shows the power of good software optimization, modern system chip manufacturing and a reasonably sized battery. It's one of the best phones that you can get if you want the absolute finest battery life in a sleek and well-design handset.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 0 to 100% Charge Test Results

Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 91
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 96
Huawei nova 117
Honor 8 98
Samsung Galaxy S7 88
Apple iPhone 7 141
Apple iPhone 6s 150
Google Pixel 119
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posted on 10 Feb 2017, 04:31 7

1. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


A series have excellent battery life. My mother owns an A7 (2016) and it can do 8-10hours of screen time in a single full charge. Even camera quality is greater than my old Note 3.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 05:30 1

7. MingLiangChen (Posts: 325; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)


Battery test here seems questionable. How did PA get longer battery life with Droid Maxx 2 in their comparison chart?

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 05:57 8

10. mahima (Posts: 411; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


pa battery test are known for their inefficiency to represent real life usage...

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 06:34

16. vincelongman (Posts: 4954; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I'm not surprised by the A5 (2017)'s great battery test results

5.2" screen with 3000 mAh battery and Exynos 7880
Especially the Exynos 7880, its similar to SD 625 (14LPP, Octa-core A53s), really really efficient

posted on 13 Feb 2017, 08:23

32. WingMan (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Mar 2008)


Well the Droid Maxx 2 does have a 20% bigger battery...

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 04:33 2

2. peace247 (Posts: 417; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


I hope s8 will be a battery beast too. Fingers crossed.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 04:48

3. VasiliS7 (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Jan 2017)


True flagship battery life in a Samsung's midrange packet!

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 04:54 2

4. mikedemoda (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Mar 2010)


too bad the phone itself is lame for the price...

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 06:02

11. Xperia14 (Posts: 874; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Wait a little bit till the price goes down and this will be an excellent 'value for money' phone.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 05:15

5. AronWunarso (Posts: 45; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


Now this is ''A'' real smartphone!

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 05:24

6. galaxy-gear (Posts: 119; Member since: 30 Sep 2016)


Is best than iphone 7 hahahahahaha

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 08:38

23. phonearenarocks (Posts: 516; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


Hey dont be so blunt buddy, folks like plasticsh1t, kiko007 and many more will be crying right now.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 08:53 1

24. kiko007 (Posts: 4978; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


You think I'm crying about some crap midranger having better battery life than Apple's midrange (iPhone 7.....Not plus) phone? Lmao..... I couldn't care less. I'm pretty sure plasticsh1t would agree with me on that sentiment as well.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 14:39

26. phonearenarocks (Posts: 516; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


Well! It is a mid ranger but anyone spending about 40% of iPhone's price and getting like say 90% of what iPhone 7's worth, would find it hard to miss out. If you dont see sense in this, I guess you need to get your senses checked. I dare say 70%+ plus people will find sense in this.

Not just sammy but these days most upper midrange phones are better than Apple flagships

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 14:44

27. phonearenarocks (Posts: 516; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


If not better, I would say they are reaching around 80% of its worth for much lesser price.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 17:24

29. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1767; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Samsung's flagships are crap. The midrangers are even more crappier. Why would I cry about a crappy product?

posted on 11 Feb 2017, 06:10

30. AmashAziz (Posts: 1015; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


I get it the iPhone 7 is expensive but it is an excellent phone as said by many. I would like to own one of them over and A-series any day since Samsung's midrange phones do not hold an amazing reputation even in front of many Samsung fans. I have met several of them.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 05:50

8. medtxa (Posts: 1303; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


the A7 is gonna even more of beast.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 05:54 1

9. medtxa (Posts: 1303; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


when people gonna learn midrange efficient chip is better than flagship power hungry chip, when you can't even notice the performances difference.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 06:03 4

12. Arthurhkt (Posts: 556; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Got it 2 week back, my first ever Samsung phone. At first I thought the performance would be slightly underperform compare to my Oneplus, but the Exynos 7880 totally blow me away, no lag at any high graphic game, plus water resistant and long battery life totally change my perception towards to Samsung. Except for the price of course.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 06:54

17. IonoU (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Jan 2017)


Price? ever heard, you get what you pay for?

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 07:45 1

21. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Value is subjective. You will always have people who think everything needs to be cheaper, and everyone is judging whether or not something is worth its price tag by their own standards. Granted, part of that process is economic reality.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 13:29

25. FrenchGuy (Posts: 134; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


Yeah but not always true.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 06:12

13. Ren_Gonzalez (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Nov 2016)


Nice work Samsung, but I'll take the Honor 8 anyday.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 06:23

14. pikatxu (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Feb 2017)


My Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 -> 12h 36 min

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 07:32 1

18. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 945; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Yeah, them Xiaomi phones have great battery life practically all the time these days...no matter the SoC! Unless it's mediatek, of course!

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 06:25

15. .KRATOS. (Posts: 379; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Why than it couldn't be achieved on flagships if it can be achieved on midranger

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 07:40 1

19. ECPirate37 (Posts: 217; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


This is great results. I was originally wondering why the mate 9 wasn't included in comparisons, and then I realized it was probably because of the size difference. I have had the Mate 9 since last Friday. I charged it to 100% Friday night at 8pm. Didn't have to charge it again until Sunday night at 7pm. Even then, if I wanted to REALLY push I could have probably gotten to 8pm. I still had 5% left.

I used it a lot too. I spent most of Saturday with screen on adding apps, and setting things up, and just playing with it. And Sunday I took it to Chinatown for the parade and took a lot of photos. Yesterday when I charged it, I had used it 18 hours and was at 41%. This is what I hope more phones will go to. Two day batteries are great!

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 07:43

20. max1c (Posts: 81; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


Always the case with the mid range cpus.

posted on 10 Feb 2017, 08:26

22. Valdomero (Posts: 259; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


People are surprised a midranger beat the flagships when it's clear to see that the components of the A5 are not that battery hungry (A5's FHD vs S7's Quad HD) The screen itself takes most of the S7's energy. Besides the SoC on the A5 is made to be efficient, optimized for energy saving/performance delivery, the S7's SoC is for raw power, which is not bad, but if you want a phone to last more than 24 hours better consider a good midranger than a flagship.

With my Nexus 5x I get up to 2 days without charging when I barely use it on weekends. During weekdays I charge it around 2-3 times when I'm not playing games, when I play games on it I charge it like 3-4 times.

It's like having a Dodge Charger and complaining that it should have a MPG efficiency of a Chevrolet Spark.

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