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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

A3You can say that Samsung is responsible for the sudden growth of smartphone screen sizes. But they also made a lot in for the smaller phones section. 3 years ago, Samsung released the Galaxy Alpha which offered high-end specs in a small-scale body. Now, the Galaxy A3 is considered the Alpha’s successor and it is back with a third iteration.

Witch just 4.7-inch display, the Galaxy A3 is the baby of the A series lineup. But size doesn’t matter, right? The screen is Super AMOLED and it has the Always on Display feature. Now that is something that your iPhone 7 can’t do! Another thing is the waterproofing. It is IP68 rated, so that is as high as flagship phones. Here you can also fully utilize the Samsung Pay feature that is backed by the fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy A3 is mainly targeted to fight Apple in terms of affordability and it is quite good at it. It is less than half of the cost of the iPhone 7! The only hurting element seems to be the camera. It lacks optical image stabilization and 2160p video capture. But considering the price tag, it can sleep through.

 

Key features:

  • Body: waterproof body (IP68) with a metal frame and Gorilla Glass front and back
  • Screen: 7″ Super AMOLED with 720 x 1,280px resolution (312ppi); Always On Display
  • Camera: 13MP f/1.9 with LED flash; 1080p @ 30fps video capture
  • Selfie cam: 8MP f/1.9; 1080p @ 30fps video capture
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz; 7.0 Nougat update in the works
  • Chipset: Exynos 7870 Octa; octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU (1.6GHz); Mali-T830; 2GB of RAM
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM; 16GB storage; microSD slot (dedicated or hybrid, region dependent)
  • Battery: 2,350mAh Li-Po (sealed); Fast charging
  • Connectivity: Optional dual-SIM; LTE-A (Cat. 6 300/50Mbps); USB-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; FM radio
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader; Samsung Pay

Main shortcomings:

  • Hybrid SIM/microSD slot limits options
  • Only 16GB storage version available (of which you get to use less than 10GB)
  • The camera is one of the few mid-range components on this phone
  • The chipset is the other one

Upgrades over last year’s model:

  • Waterproofing (IP68)
  • Always On Display
  • Fingerprint reader with Samsung Pay support
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Octa-core CPU (vs. quad-core), a bit more RAM (2GB vs. 1.5GB)
  • USB-C port
  • The price has gone up too (from ~€200 to ~€300)

Overall the new generation Galaxy A3 is a great bang for the buck phone. With the marketing department of Samsung this phone can find its way into many hands.