Considering that even the most expensive of smartphones can still blow up in your hands, it might not be such a terrible idea to look a little further down the market. Priced right in the same out-of-contract range as a ZTE Axon 7 and OnePlus 3T, the new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is coming to Canada next Friday for a not-so-premium price.

Whereas flagship devices like the Galaxy S7 edge can inch awfully close to the four-figure mark, the new Galaxy A5 for 2017 is decidedly more affordable. Expected to retail for $499 off-contract (and less on contract, of course), the Galaxy A5 (2017) actually boasts a lot of features normally reserved for more premium devices.

It’s IP68 certified, it’s rocking USB-C, and it even has a fingerprint sensor for good measure. The full metal unibody design and overall feel mirror that of the pricier Galaxy S7 too. There are 16MP cameras on both the front and the rear, with 32GB of internal storage and an increasingly rare microSD expansion slot. Rounding out the specs are an Exynos 7880 (1.9GHz octa-core), 3GB of RAM, 3000mAh battery with fast charging, and a 5.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen.

No, it’s not quad HD and it doesn’t have 4GB of RAM, but the Galaxy A5 (2017) will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people. No wonder early reviews (from elsewhere in the world) have been positive thus far. Expect this mid-ranger to drop at Bell, Rogers and Virgin Mobile on March 17.

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