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Samsung Galaxy A3 2016

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A3 2016
Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 (Galaxy Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1536 MB 
Display
4.7 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, Super AMOLED, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10.7 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 128 GB, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, pedometer, gyroscope, compass, WiFi Direct, DLNA, MirrorLink, USB-OTG, nano-SIM
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G quad-band (850/900/1900/2100), LTE (B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B40) Cat.4 (max. 150 Mbit/s download & 50 Mbit/s upload), SAR body: 0.492 W/kg, SAR head: 0.621 W/kg, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.4 x 134.5 x 65.2 ( = 0.29 x 5.3 x 2.57 in)
Battery
9 Wh, 2300 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (auto focus f/1.9, 1080p videos @ 30 FPS)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix (fix focus f/1.9, 1080p videos @ 30 FPS
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker lower edge, Keyboard: virtual, power supply, USB cable, in-ear headset, slot tool, Microsoft Office, Galaxy apps, MyGalaxy, Smart Manager, Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
131 g ( = 4.62 oz / 0.29 pounds), Power Supply: 57 g ( = 2.01 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
329 EUR

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 82.28% - good
Average of 18 scores (from 26 reviews)
price: 77%, performance: 59%, features: 70%, display: 85% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 94%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016

85.1% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Feels good. The special feature of the former model was its aluminum unibody casing. Samsung now uses more glass in the new iteration. The screen of the mid-range smartphone has also been modified: It has a higher resolution while providing more space at the same time. An overall successful design?
100% Small but beautiful
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Galaxy A3 is a great mid-range smartphone. It's a tad slow, but we're happy to take a slight dip in performance if it means a gorgeous design, excellent screen, great camera and a long-lasting battery. We'd definitely choose the A3 over the HTC Desire 620 and it's far more attractive overall package than the EE Harrier despite the difference in speed.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
70% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) Review
Source: Phone Arena English
I suppose we all have that friend who wouldn’t care what hardware or operating system goes into a phone. As long as it looks pretty, they’ll get it. That’s the kind of people who will be drawn by the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016), as its gorgeous design and eye-catching display are its most alluring features. Indeed, Samsung has managed to build a device that looks and feels a lot like one of its flagships, despite being of a much lower class.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Another corking smartphone from Samsung
Source: PC Pro English
That’s fine if your interest in smartphones is limited to casual games and productivity. If you want to push things harder, however, the Galaxy A3 becomes something of a harder sell. And especially so given that the 64GB OnePlus 2, which absolutely crushes it in performance terms, has dropped down to £240. There are other reasons you might lean towards the A3, not least of all its size, but if performance is your number one target, it’s hard to give it a full-throated endorsement.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) review - the S6 Mini in disguise
Source: Expert Reviews English
When you come down to cold, hard numbers, there's no denying the OnePlus X is better value for money overall. While I'm not a great fan of the X's overly-textured and rather scratchy metal frame, the draw of Cyanogen OS (which looks identical to vanilla Android) and a 5in, Full HD AMOLED display is hard to resist, particularly if, like me, you're not a great fan of Samsung's TouchWiz interface.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Premium design and a mid-range price, but the new Galaxy A3 has tough competition
Source: PC Advisor English
The all-new Samsung Galaxy A3 for 2016 is a great upgrade over the 2015 model with an excellent design and very good battery life. It’s priced higher than its faster rivals, but Samsung phones tend to rapidly drop in price - exactly how much the price goes down will decide this mid-range Android’s fate.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
90% Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
Samsung’s Galaxy A3 2016 is essentially a mini Galaxy S6, boasting excellent battery life, strong optics and a great media experience, all wrapped up in a compact and gorgeous 4.7-inch package. If you want a mini mobile or simply can’t afford Samsung’s full-priced flagship phones, this Galaxy A3 refresh will definitely do the job.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%

Foreign Reviews

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
Source: Connect - 4/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2017
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
Source: Connect - Heft 11/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2016
72% Das geheime Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 52% display: 85% mobility: 66%
80% Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: Smart Web German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 81% display: 79%
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
Source: SFT - Heft 8/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2016
84% Endlich gibt es ein Galaxy S6 mini
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 84% features: 80% workmanship: 100%
82% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 3/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 82%
83% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 3/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
86% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
Source: Computerbild - Heft 08/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 86%
86% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 5/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 86%
Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: A1 Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/30/2016
80% Im Paralleluniversum
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 03/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
84% Endlich gibt es ein Galaxy S6 mini
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 84% features: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100%
Neue Mittelklasse im Vergleichstest
Source: Turn On German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 01/29/2016
89% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) im Test: Kompaktes S6 mini mit Abstrichen
Source: Teltarif German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 89% features: 85% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 85%
80% Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Galaxy A3 & A5
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/25/2015
Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 und A5 2016
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/02/2015
Recensione Samsung Galaxy A3 2016
Source: Tutto App Android Italian IT→EN
Positive: Compact size; metal case; excellent display. Negative: Mediocre hardware; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/03/2016
Một tuần cùng Galaxy A3 2016: Thiết bị nhỏ gọn, phù hợp cho phái nữ
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Compact size; elegant design; good display. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/24/2017

Comment

Model: It is easy to tell from upgrades whether manufacturers actually listen to end-users’ comments (or complaints). From the release of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy A3, it is apparent that Samsung's personal has indeed listened. This upgrade offers users with an improved mid-range smartphone with a metal frame and a significantly enhanced screen albeit with a heftier price tag. At the first glance, it does not bear the looks of a mid-range priced phone. The sturdy metal frame gives it a solid and premium feel all around. The A series is supposed to be just below the Galaxy S series and it is no doubt that it takes some of its design values from its high-end sibling. In some ways, it looks even better than the S7 because of the full metal design compared to the S7’s glass back. This is in particular true for the back side.

The dimensions of the A3 measure at 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm and it weighs 132 grams. This makes single-handed operation of the A3 a breeze (which is rare nowadays). It is equipped with a 4.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 pixels by 720 pixels and a pixel density of 331 PPI. In addition, the display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, thus making the A3 more durable. The stunning display cuts an edge for the A3 in comparison to its rivals. The A series usually loses in the price to specs war when compared with other budget phones from Chinese manufacturers, but it truly outperforms many of them when it comes to display quality. The device runs on Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) and is upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow). It is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Exynos 7578 quad-core chipset with 1.5 GB of RAM. This makes the A3 suitable for minor gaming.

The internal storage of the Galaxy A3 has the capacity of 16 GB and it comes with a MicroSD expansion slot, which allows adding up to 256 GB. Its 13 MP rear facing snapper combined with a 5 MP front camera boost its capacity of delivering clear photos with multiple functions and modes. Both cameras with aperture of f1.9 are also capable of low-light shooting and recording 1080p videos at 30 fps. Samsung offers single- and dual-sim variants of the A3. Connectivity is supported by WiFi, A-GPS and Bluetooth. In addition, it comes with an FM radio receiver, which is something rare even in flagship devices. The Galaxy A3 is available in four color variants, which are black, white, gold and pink. It has a 2300 mAh battery, which is capable of lasting up to 14 hours of talk time. Despite the lack of a fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy A3 still stands out as a head-turner considering its price factor. The A3’s overall mid-range specs make it more attractive compared to the less pricey OnePlus X. It is certainly idyllic for those who require a smaller phone with great display quality and decent performance. This phone won’t do too well with people who like to game on their mobile phones.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

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0.131 kg:

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In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.

In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.


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