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.

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.

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)

We are also testing how much time it takes for phones to recharge their batteries from 0 to 100% using the stock wall charger.

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.

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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Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(16h 3G talk time)

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32 Comments

1. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

7. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

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

10. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

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

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 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

32. WingMan unregistered

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

2. peace247 unregistered

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

3. VasiliS7

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

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

4. mikedemoda

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

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

11. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

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

5. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Now this is ''A'' real smartphone!

6. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Is best than iphone 7 hahahahahaha

23. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

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

24. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

26. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 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

27. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

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

29. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

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

30. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

the A7 is gonna even more of beast.

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

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

12. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 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.

17. IonoU

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

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

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.

25. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Yeah but not always true.

13. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

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

14. pikatxu

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2017

My Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 -> 12h 36 min

18. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 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!

15. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

19. ECPirate37

Posts: 347; Member since: Jul 14, 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!

20. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Always the case with the mid range cpus.

22. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 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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