Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Review: Price, Specs, Pros and Cons

Review of Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) at a Glance:-

Galaxy A3 2017 launched by Samsung for offering flagship experience under the mid-range budget segment. Some of the design and features have a shadow of its own Flagship Samsung Galaxy S7. It has some worthy features but here we have gathered the Advantages and Disadvantages of this Smartphone. The most noticeable specs of the phone are 4.7 inches sAMOLED HD Display, Exynos 7530 Octa-core processor, Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow OS, 13 MP Primary | 8 MP Secondary camera, 16 GB Internal Memory | 256 GB External SD Card Support, 2 GB RAM and 2350 mAh battery.

The 2.5D Look
When it comes to look and feel of smartphone it actually looks like the mini version of Samsung Galaxy S7, It has a metallic frame and curved 2.5D Glass for display and the rear side is also covered with Corning Gorilla Glass that is making it classy and shiny. Its 4.7 inches size also makes it for comfortable to hold and operate with single hand, your thumb can easily reach in every corner of the display. It is good news for people that this phone is IP68 Rating Water and Dust resistant it can withstand in water up to 1.5 meter depth for 30 minutes. For commanding and control volume buttons are placed on the left edge while power button along with speaker grille found on the right. The bottom has 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C Cable, Top is housing a Hybrid Card Slot. 

sAMOLED Display
Retina display and AMOLED display are most popular and vibrant display available in the market for a smartphone and Samsung is providing Super AMOLED display for this phone with resolutions of 720p and display density of 312ppi. This display also looks neat in outdoor sunlight condition as maximum brightness can go up to the 518 nits, So it is quite close to high-end devices when it comes to display quality for reading or watching videos. It is also supporting Always On Display (AOD) where the screen is always On for the three apps- Clock, Calendar and Image. There is no need to worry too much about the display as it is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass.
Exynos Mid-range CPU
This Handset is powered by Companies own Exynos 7870 Octa processor along with the Mali-T830 MP2 that is low-end GPU. It is not a marvelous to praise but it is more than sufficient for the daily tasks and can handle some of the high-end games in low frame rates. There is not to worry about performance glitches as it can handle multitasking with ease but performance gonna down when you start throwing lots of apps in the phone. Otherwise, it is pretty decent performing for a typical user.

Camera quality, Selfies are Better
It is equipped with the 13 MP Primary and 8 MP secondary camera, as company tried to make it Mini version of Galaxy S7 but unfortunately this handset is missing OIS that helps in Stabilization and Auto focus, Although the pictures taken in day time are quite clean although they are not sharp in colour but the noise is minimum. In turning there is 8 MP selfie camera and it is worth to praise that it can take pretty well-balanced selfies.
2350 mAh Non-removal Battery
It looks quite low to have a smartphone with 2350 mAh battery, but here it is enough for standing one full day battery backup, beacasue of 4.7 inches smaller sized and sAMOLED display that consumes lesser power. 

Specification of Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

Operating System
OS- Android 
OS Version- v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) 
CPU- Exynos 7870 Octa  
Clock Speed- 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 
Core- Octa-core 
GPU- Mali-T830

Screen and Display
Type- Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 
Size- 4.7 inches  
Display Resolution- 720 x 1280 pixels  
Display Reinforced- Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Density- 312 ppi 
Screen-Body Ratio- 67.9%

Rear- 13 MP
Front- 8 MP  
Max. Video Resolution- 1080p 
Max Video Frames- 30fps

Form and Dimension
Phone Dimension- 135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm
Form- Bar 
Weight- 135 grams

Data Connection and Connectivity 
4G- LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
3G- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
Bluetooth- v4.2 
WiFi- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Headphone Jack- 3.5mm

Proximity- Yes 
Accelerometer- Yes 
Light- Yes 
Gyroscope- Yes
Fingerprint- Yes 

Memory and RAM
Internal (ROM)- 16 GB
External (SD)- 256 GB

SIM Type- Nano SIM
SIM Support- Dual SIM

Capacity- 2350 mAh
Stand By-  
Talktime- 17 hours (3G Network)

Phone’s Available Colour- Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud

Pros of Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

  • It came with the standard Samsung Fast Charger.
  • OTG Cable is Supported.
  • Upgradable to the Android v7.0 Nougat.
  • The Memory can be expanded up to 256 GB with the help of External SD Card.
  • NFC is Supported to connect with wireless devices
  • FM radio is available without the need of internet connection.
  • USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
  • IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meters and 30 minutes
  • Fingerprint reader with Samsung Pay support.

Cons of Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

  • Non-removable Battery
  • Only 16 GB Internal memory version is available. 
  • The battery capacity is only 2350 mAh.
  • Dual SIM supported but Hybrid (In the cost of SIM 2 Slot)
  • The 13 MP Primary camera could be better.

Why to buy and Final words about Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

This handset is kind of affordable product with the shade of Flagship features, It is perfectly suitable for the people searching for a good standing compact device without taking to much pressure on the wallet. It has gorgeous metallic built covered with the 2.5D glass, A clean and vibrant sAMOLED display and a processor that can handle all the daily tasking with ease. If you are not more in heavy gaming give a chance to this waterproof mobile, you will love it. However, there are many handsets in the market with a better processor and features, like Lenovo P2, Honor 6X or even you may like Nokia 6.

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