The Samsung Galaxy A3 ratchets up its predecessor, the Galaxy A5, with a strong, compact design. This lightweight smartphone with a first-class metal body is less than 7 mm thick, fitting better in your pocket. The only problem with the design is, perhaps, the back is not completely flat due to the camera lens slightly protruding. However, it is one of the lightest smartphones on the market.
With the compact design comes a 4.5-inch screen is smaller than many sophisticated phones of its type. But, the screen is still functional. The A3 is responsive to surrounding lighting conditions because of Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology.
However, pixel density is only 245 ppi, isn’t HD, and has a resolution of only 540 x 960 pixels. Despite all of these factors, the screen presents good levels of contract, colour fidelity, and wide viewing angles.
Snapdragon 410 Processor
The A3’s processor is the same as the A5’s. The performance is only mid-range, although being a 64-bit quad-core at 1.2 GHz. Reduced RAM, to 1.5 GB, comes with the compact design, although it has 16 GB on-board memory and a micro SD card slot. Samsung’s TouchWiz modifications run on Android KitKat 4.4.4 operating system.
Front and Back Cameras
Like most other phones, especially those in the upscale range, the A3 has two cameras. This model has 13 megapixels capability, but not in the total as was on the Galaxy A5’s camera on the back. The A3 has a 5-megapixel camera on the front and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear.
This makes this camera very self-friendly with its special selfie mode allowing for wider shots. These cameras allow for good daylight shots but grainy low-light pictures. So, unfortunately, improved selfies is about all you’ll get with the A3 over the A5’s camera.
Again, the A3 gets a lesser quality component – the battery. The A5 has a more powerful battery than that of the A3. This new model is running the same processor as the A5 has, although the A3 has the smaller screen. But, the same power is still needed in the A3. It is disappointing that the A3 only has an entry-level smartphone battery with the 1900 mAh battery when lower priced smartphones have batteries that are more powerful.
Despite the A3’s other drawbacks, this is a 4G phone. A variety of common connectivity options, such as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFT, and ANT+, are included.
In addition to the features presented above, the A3 has a lot more. Some of those include the following:
l 1080 HD video recording capability
l SMS, MMS, instant messaging, and email
l GPS, Glonass, Beidou with Google Maps
l USB 2.0 and 3.5 mm audio jack
l Integrated hands-free speaker.
The Galaxy A3 is cheaper than the S5. However, you get what you pay for. The approximately £20 a month contract price is higher than the mid-level phone you are getting.
You will be paying £250 for a phone with features and capabilities you could expect from a £200 smartphone. But, overall, we think this is a good buy with the sleek look and super thin design, even though Samsung didn’t get the price just right.
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