Samsung has updated it’s A series phones for 2017, comprised of the A3, A5, and A7. The bestseller among the three is the A3 which has a screen similar to that of the iPhone 7. The Samsung Galaxy A3 was released in January 2017.
Samsung Galaxy A3 is entirely made of glass and metal, as Samsung has advanced from the plastic bodies it was using before, standardizing the looks of the gadget to the level of gadgets of great flagship success. It weighs 138 grams (4.86 ounces), and has 135.4 × 66.2 × 7.9 mm dimensions, making it fit enough for our pockets and hands.
Samsung hasn’t skimped on the glass with Samsung Galaxy A3 gadget. The front and back are big-brand Gorilla Glass 4 for protection, and the rear features curved edges for a softer feel. It has a super AMOLED capacitive multitouch screen of 16MP colors and a 4.7inch display, which makes its screen- to- body ratio 67.9% with a 720 × 1280 pixels resolution and 312 PPI pixel density. The Samsung OLED technology, unlike the LCD which has to light the whole screen to display anything, makes it possible for the screen to continue displaying only basic information such as date, time, notification icons, and battery level in standby. Beneath the screen is a reliable fingerprint scanner couched between the two soft keys, just as in Samsung’s larger phones.
Samsung Galaxy A3 is water resistant. Its IP68 certification means that an accidental drop in water is unlikely to cause damage to the phone. Considering its price that is quite affordable, the Samsung Galaxy A3 is probably the cheapest waterproof phone there is in the market.
The device runs Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). It is powered by Exynos 7870 Octa Chipset, Octa- core 1.6 GHz Cortex – A53 CPU, and Mali-T830 processor, enabling snappy performance when it comes to gaming and multitasking. It is packed with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. After a couple of days of use, the dreaded “you’ve run out of space” is not surprising for this phone, since a few gigabytes of photos, a couple of data-hungry games, and extra applications quickly fills up the phone’s internal storage. But that is no worry because there is a slot for a single microSD card in the tray that holds a nano-SIM as well.
It comes with a 13MP, f/1.9 rear camera with autofocus, face detection, and panorama, which is a decent performer producing some lavish detail-rich shots. Its front facing camera is 8MP taking quality selfies. Specific camera settings can be toggled on/off via quick swipes to the left and right in the camera app, rather than having to navigate through cumbersome menus. There is also a movable on-screen shutter button for one-handed selfie-snapping. Samsung Galaxy A3 also provides 1080 MP, f/1.9 quality video recording.
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, GPS, NFC, FM Radio USB 2.0,type-C 1, and an O reversible connector are also provided. It is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 2350 mAh battery which can support up to 17 hours of talk time and 55 hours of music play. The battery life of the A3 though, is not the best, considering that there are other gadgets such as those from Oukitel that have really large battery capacities and technology to enable pretty fast charging. Just like the Samsung Galaxy A5, theSamsung Galaxy A3 has an unusual speaker which, unlike many others that sit in the bottom or front of the device, is located on the side, just above the power button. The position of the speaker makes it properly audible regardless of which side the phone is lying on.
Samsung Galaxy A3 comes in four colors; Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, and Peach Cloud.