Samsung Galaxy A5 now available in Canada


  • Jason van de Laar

    Done with mid range phones, my next phone will be an S7 or S8.

    • Techguru86

      The simplest thing to say is don’t buy mid-range from providers, go moto g4 plus, Dtek60, Oneplus3, those are great devices for the price

    • unichips

      Of course, the unlocked OnePlus 3T, although with more storage in the base model, is almost $100 more expensive than the Galaxy A5 2017.

      The Dtek60 seems to occupy a fairly similar position as the OnePlus 3. Blackberry is promising to keep its security up to date for a while; that’s a plus.

      The Moto G4 Plus is less expensive than the Galaxy A5 2017, but also has 1GB less RAM. The forthcoming Moto G5 looks like it will have both less RAM, and less storage.

      There are arguments for and against any of these phones, and ultimately each consumer will have to decide which factors are more important to them.

  • Jonah Emery

    The A5 has everything the masses need. This is a great $0 phone for a 2 year contract.

    • Dimitri

      The S7 is $0 on a 2yr contract too and it has more features in it. So hard to choose one would say.

    • Roger

      I’d choose the S7 if I am going to pay $80/mo. for my plan. But since my plan isn’t eligible for the upgrade, I’d buy the A5 outright and save some money.

  • dirtyKIMCHI

    Are all carriers selling a single version/variant?

    Just want to confirm this with that statement made in the last sentence of this article.

    • Mel

      Oddly enough, Samsung Canada’s website doesn’t mention band 66 in the phone specs.

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      Interestingly,​ Samsung Canada lists it with this header:

      Network/Bearer (S/W Enabled)

      2G GSM
      GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900

      3G UMTS
      B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B8(900)

      4G FDD LTE
      B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B12(700), B13(700), B17(700), B20(800), B29(700)

      Source: http://www .samsung .com/ca/support/model/SM-A520WZBAXAC/

    • Frank Wong

      They should be as W is reserved for Canadian variants. SM-G920W, SM-G930W. Only difference is the last 3 letters BMC (Bell Mobility Canada), BWA (Bell Mobility International), VMC (Virgin Mobile), XAC (Unlocked), etc.

    • dirtyKIMCHI


      Samsung Canada’s XAC listing doesn’t have Band 66 listed though, so there is a bit of confusion regarding the specifications at this time, as the carriers that have detailed information list Band 66, but not all carriers list the bands or detailed specifications on their respective sites.

      http://www .samsung .com/ca/support/model/SM-A520WZBAXAC/

  • Garrett Cooper

    The specs look solid for what it is. But I would assume at this point this and an S7 would be $0 on contract, and S7 does look to be a little better in everyday.

  • dirtyKIMCHI

    It’s live now on FreedomMobile’s site as well.

    https://www.freedommobile .ca/plans-and-devices/mobile-devices/device-details/samsung-galaxy-a5

    $0 with $25/mo MyTab Boost
    $49 with $15/mo MyTab Boost
    $249 with $5/mo MyTab Boost
    $399 on MyTab
    $499 outright

    • unichips

      Wrong link for SaskTel. That’s the 2015 model. The 2017 model is at this link: https://www.sasktel .com/store/product-detail/Personal/Wireless/Phones-and-devices/Samsung/Samsung-Galaxy-A5-(2017)/_/N-26v2/_/R-Samsung_Galaxy_A5__00282017_0029
      $0 (on special from $99) for 2-year
      $449.99 for 1-year
      $499.99 for monthly, device only, and prepaid.

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      Thanks for the correction.

  • Frank Wong

    Looks like a beautifully designed midranger. I think it will take off.

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  • unichips

    Unlocked direct from Samsung for $525.

    Also available unlocked through several independent online re-sellers, including Walmart Canada. Most of them are also charging approximately $525 but some charge more than others.

  • Paul Nor

    No Optical Image Stabilization is unfortunate.