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Samsung Galaxy A3

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A3
Samsung Galaxy A3 (Galaxy Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 306, Core: 450 MHz
Memory
1536 MB 
Display
4.5 inch 16:9, 960 x 540 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, Super AMOLED, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, , 11.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: microSDXC max. 64GB, Sensors: motion sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, compass, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS quad-band (850/900/1900/2100), LTE hexa-band (800/850/900/1800/2100/2600)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.9 x 130.1 x 65.5 ( = 0.27 x 5.12 x 2.58 in)
Battery
7 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 8.0MP, AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/30fps (rear); 5.0MP (front)
Additional features
Speakers: rear-facing speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, headset, S Planner, S Voice, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
110 g ( = 3.88 oz / 0.24 pounds), Power Supply: 58 g ( = 2.05 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
300 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 80.06% - good
Average of 16 scores (from 23 reviews)
price: 73%, performance: 68%, features: 65%, display: 84% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 92%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A3

86% Samsung Galaxy A3 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
A small metal gadget. Samsung uses a slim metal casing for its Galaxy A lineup and had really impressed us with the Galaxy A5, even though the voice quality was not that good. In this report we will see why the Galaxy A3 is good, but not a bargain.
60% Premium design in a cheaper phone
Source: PC Advisor English
Samsung’s RRP is £239, but you can buy the Galaxy A3 SIM-free for around £190 if you search around online. If you do want it on contract, there should be no up-front cost. But as we’ve said, it’s possible to get a phone with similar specifications for a lot less, so it’s hard to justify spending the extra on the A3 for its cameras or even Samsung’s software.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/21/2015
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 60% workmanship: 90%
Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The A3 is a attractive-looking £250 smartphone, but like many of Samsung's cheap phones it doesn't really break the mould. For the same amount of money or less, you can get a better screen and a more streamlined Android experience. If it was £100 cheaper then I could be a little more forgiving about some of the compromises.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/12/2015
Samsung Galaxy A3 review - hands on
Source: Expert Reviews English
There's certainly a lot to like about the Galaxy A3 and it's great to see Samsung introducing more of its top-end features further down the range. As you'd expect, a full metal unibody doesn't come cheap, as the Galaxy A3 is currently on sale in the UK for £230 SIM-free or free on a £18-per-month contract, putting it firmly in mid-range smartphone territory.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/03/2015
90% Samsung Galaxy A3 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
The Galaxy Alpha got things started, but the A Series shows that Samsung is now well and truly into its stride. Bringing premium metal design work down to humble mid-rangers like the Samsung Galaxy A3 helps the company standout and should up their reputation for the target buyers.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
A short review on Samsung Galaxy A3 – the first mid-ranger with premium feel from the company
Source: Laptop Media English
Samsung has definately put some more effort into making the Galaxy A3 and it’s nice for a change to see that the comapny has finally started using metal in their design. The device isn’t entirely made out of aluminum, but still features a good plastic non-removable back cover. It is quite different from most of the material used in recent Galaxy devices and we liked the finish used too.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/24/2015
85% Samsung Galaxy A3 Review
Source: Android Authority English
The Galaxy A3 isn’t available in the US from any network operator, but can be picked up from Amazon for $320. This is quite steep for a device with such specifications, especially when you consider the slew of budget-friendly options available that offer a similar experience, and sometimes better, if you can manage to get yourself an invite for the OnePlus One.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%
Samsung Galaxy A3 and A3 Duos review: A-ddictive
Source: GSM Arena English
It's hard not to like the Samsung Galaxy A3. And there's more to like about it than what is on the outside. Even so, let's take one final moment to appreciate Samsung's creation. They crafted a 6.9mm thick smartphone with an aluminum frame and targeted it straight at the mid-range market. It's also very compact and comfortably pocketable.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/23/2015
Samsung Galaxy A3 Review
Source: Under KG English
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/12/2015

Foreign Reviews

68% Metall-Makeover bei Samsung
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 68% price: 85% performance: 78% features: 52% display: 81% mobility: 65%
87% Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 7/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 87%
Samsung goes Metal, die Zweite
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/06/2015
91% Hochwertiges Smartphone aber kein Schnäppchen
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 85% display: 85% mobility: 95% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 95%
Samsung Galaxy A5 & A3
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 03/04/2015
Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: c't - Heft 06/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2015
84% Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: Computerbild - Heft 5/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 84%
90% Samsung Galaxy A3 mit Metall-Body im Test: Robust und hosen­taschen­ge­eignet
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% features: 83% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 87%
70% Einsteiger-Smartphone mit edlem Metallgehäuse
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% features: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80%
90% Samsung Galaxy A5 im Test: Zwischen Metallgehäuse und fest integriertem Akku
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% features: 80% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 87%
80% Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: Connect - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: e-media - Heft 4/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Samsung Galaxy A3
Source: Android Pit - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Test : Samsung Galaxy A3, le smartphone design qui n'oublie pas d'être endurant [MaJ]
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Model: After a considerable amount of mobile device models and numerous cries from loyal fans, Samsung have finally started using premium materials in their smartphones' construction. The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a full-metal body device that feels luxurious yet keeping that familiar Samsung look may it be good or bad. The edges are curved and the smartphone feels extremely good in hand with an option of 6 colors; pearl white, midnight black, platinum silver, soft pink, light blue and champagne gold.

Display on the Samsung Galaxy A3 is a stunning 4.5 inch qHD Super AMOLED panel protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Colors are vivid and there is clarity with 245 ppi pixel density. The Android 4.4.4 KitKat smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB or 1.5 GB RAM depending on the variant, Adreno 306 GPU and 16 GB of internal storage. Users can up the storage with a microSD card.

There is an 8 MP autofocus with LED flash camera at the rear and a 5 mega-pixel secondary front facing shooter. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, RM radio, NFC on the LTE model and dual-SIM capability. The Samsung Galaxy A3 weighs at 110 g with a built in Li-Ion battery rated at 1900 mAh for good battery life.

Qualcomm Adreno 306: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 410 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

410 MSM8916: 64-Bit Cortex-A53 Quad-Core with an Adreno 306 GPU manufactured in 28nm» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

4.5":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.11 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

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.


80.06%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2015-02- 5 (Update: 2015-02- 5)