Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) XSG variant is now receiving an OTA to January 2018 security patch along with other important security fixes.

Samsung is now rolling out an update to its 2017 midrange device, Galaxy A5 (2017) with the version number A520FXXS4BRA1/A520FOJV4BRA2/A520FXXU4BRAB, weighing just shy of 26.5MB. The update contains Google’s January Security Patch along with fixes to 13 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures that also includes the Spectre and Meltdown fixes. Please note that this update is not the Android Oreo update, the device is still running Android 7.0. To be precise, the update is rolling out to the XSG variant of the aforementioned device, the variant that is specific to the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman. Moreover, to confirm this matter, my Galaxy A5 (2017), which I purchased from Bahrain is an XSG variant received the update earlier today. Furthermore, the update brings with it the usual stability and performance improvements and enhancements just as any other update would. Tech enthusiasts sporting the XSG variant of the device should update theirs as soon as possible to help keep it safe and secure. However, one issue I’ve noticed is that the battery is draining a bit faster than usual. Please note that this issue may be specific to my device only. Refer the screenshots below.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) specifications

Coming to the specifics, the beautiful glass sandwich (obviously, an aluminum frame in between) Galaxy A5 (2017) sports a Full HD 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels translating to a more than enough and perfectly sharp display of 424 PPI. Under the hood, it is powered by a homegrown Samsung Exynos 7880 Octa Octa-Core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Of course, there is an option to insert a MicroSD card up to 256 GB into the dedicated card slot. In the imaging department, it features a pair of 16MP sensors both up front and rear with a f/1.9 lens, though only the rear sensor has Autofocus and an LED flash. To keep the device ticking, it is powered by an adequate 3000 mAh battery that should give the device an SOT (Screen On Time) of at least 5.5 to 6 hours. Speaking of which, based on my usage patterns that is mid to heavy usage, I get around 6 hours of SOT, which makes the device a breeze to work with.

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And that’s all folks. Anybody rocking a Galaxy A5 (2017)? Let me know in the comments section below whether you have received the update on your XSG variant or any other variant for that matter. If you have, then please share your experience with the update.

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