Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) review

Introduction

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is the smallest member of the lineup with a Super AMOLED screen of just 4.7 inch. The new model comes with an Always On Display, top-level waterproofing (IP68), fingerprint reader, 8MP selfie camera, USB Type-C port, octa-core CPU and an mobile payment solution.

The new model might be a best seller on it’s niche, because there are not alot of compact phones with good specs on the market right now.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Specifications:

  • 4.7 Inch (720 x 1280 pixels) Super AMOLED Display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, 2.5D Curved Galss; Always On Display
  • 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 Processor with Mali T830 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage (card slot up to 256 GB)
  • Runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 13 Megapixels (f/1.9) rear camera with LED Flash and a 8 Megapixels (f/1.9) front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm; Weight: 138 g
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, GPS (A-GPS,), Bluetooth 4.2, Type-C USB , 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Fingerprint, Samsung Pay
  • Li-Ion 2350 mAh battery with Quick Charge

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

Display

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) comes with a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720p (312 ppi). The pixel density is similar with the ones found on  iPhone 7 and Xperia X Compact. The Super AMOLED screen is famous for the sunlight legibility and color accuracy. The screen scored a maximum brightness of 518, similar as Xperia X Compact and a contrast ratio of 3688.

The best thing about Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is that is the most affordable Android phone on the market with an Always-On Display.

Software

The phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with the promise that will be updated to 7.0 Nougat soon. The software uses Grace UX (successor to TouchWiz).

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Software

The Grace interface used on the Galaxy A3 (2017) is very optimized, runs fluid and with no hangups. The bad thing about it is that it uses a lot of space, only 10 GB is accesible for the user, so you will need a microSD card for this phone.

Performance

This time Samsung decided to use an Exynos 7870 octa-core chipset on the new model. The processor is built on a 14nm process, uses 8 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) also has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory.

Benchmark

  • GeekBench 4 (single-core) – 681
  • GeekBench 4 (CPU multi-core) – 3294
  • Basemark X (graphics) – 5160
  • Basemark X (medium) – 10792
  • GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen) – 3.9
  • GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen) – 9.6
  • GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen) – 1.9
  • GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen) – 7.3
  • Basemark OS 2.0 – 999
  • AnTuTu 6 – 45742

Camera

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) comes with the same 13 Megapixels (f/1.9, 1080p @ 30 fps video) main camera and and a new 8 Megapixels (f/1.9) selfie camera.

The main camera missed the focus on several shots and sometimes they weren’t perfectly sharp. The main bad thing about this camera seems to be strong noise reduction.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) photo sample

The selfie camera shots very good photos with good colors, low noise and plenty of detail.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) packs an 2,350 mAh battery, same as its predecessor. Even if Samsung didn’t upgraded the battery, they upgraded the CPU with Exynos 7870, a much more efficient engine.

  • 3G Talk Time – 18:54h
  • Web Browsing – 15:35h
  • Video Playback – 16:35h

Conclusion

With the waterproofing, Always On Display feature and the amazing battery life, we can say that Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is meant for people who want a premium phone for a low price.

More information about the price can be found here.

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