Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 Review – The S7 of Middle-Class

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While everybody is going crazy after the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, a large segment of the market still cannot afford these high-end smartphones. If you are one of them, buy an A3 instead.

Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 ReviewIt wouldn’t be wrong to call Samsung A3 a clone of Samsung S7. Apart from some of the features, you’ll find it remarkably similar to most high-end smartphones.

The A3 intends to target the middle segment of the market that wants to experience fun at an affordable price. The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a 4.7-inch Smartphone with 13-megapixel camera sufficient for outdoor photography enthusiasts on a budget. The Dual SIM Smartphone comes with 1.5GB RAM and a 2300mAh lithium-ion battery pack.

Let’s analyze this middle-segment-centric device in greater detail.


If you think this budget smartphone is of plastic, you are dead wrong. Like other Samsung smartphones, the Samsung A3 comes with a metallic casing. The device is virtually in differential from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone. Though a little smaller in size than its S6 sibling, the device is easier to hold and feels pleasant due to its round edges.

Samsung Galaxy A3 DesignIf you have used S6 or any of the A-Series Smartphones, you will know that the A3 has a button at the bottom-center of the screen to access the menu. Apart from this, all the other gears are placed on the right and left corners of the device. Unlike high-end smartphones, A3 is neither water nor dust resistant and can get scratched quickly. So keep a linen cloth nearby at all times to protect your precious phone from unnecessary damages.


Samsung has increased the pixel density of A3 smartphone from 960*540 to 720*1280 in the revised version, thus increasing quality. It has also widened the screen size to 4.7 inches in order to cover more area. Though the resolution is not even close to being the sharpest, the A3 is auspicious enough to tackle iPhone’s retina display.

Samsung Galaxy A3 DisplayUsers can toggle between an adaptive displays and basic AMOLED based on their preferences. The device also auto-adjusts brightness outdoors.

The device is manufactured using a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4. This means the device can bear a drop of almost one-meter height without breakage.


The A3 Smartphone comes with 1.5GB RAM and a Snapdragon 410 processor. And if this sounds slow, wait till you hear the rest. This smartphone is perfectly capable of handling most of the processor-intensive applications with ease. In some of the tests carried out by mobile enthusiasts, the Galaxy A3 handled Real Racing 3 and Modern Combat 5 games fairly well.

Samsung Galaxy A3 PerformanceHowever, for power-users, the phone may prove to lag when playing heavy mobile games or using multiple browsers at once.


Samsung Galaxy A3 has a built-in storage capacity of 16GB of which 11GB is dispensable and 5GB is used up by the OS. The phone supports expandable microSD card as well for those who carry voluminous data on the go.


Impressively, the Samsung A3 won’t let you down on picture quality. This is one phone that packs a high-resolution 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera having an aperture of f/1.9 on the front. Added to that, the smartphone can also record HD videos in 1080p quality.

Samsung Galaxy A3 CameraSome other notable features of the Galaxy A3 include touch focus and panorama. You have to try them to know how they transform the art and science of photography.


The Samsung Galaxy A3 feature-rich smartphone has a 2300mAh lithium-ion battery that keeps going for a day and a half. However, if you’re using the ultra-power-saving mode, the A3 can give almost two-day battery backup on a single charge.

But if you’re an intense user, for instance, you’re always listening to songs, youtubing, browsing or whatsapping, the battery probably won’t last more than a day.

At the moment, the Galaxy A3 doesn’t support fast-charging so you need to give it a rest of two hours at least.

Sound & Call Quality:

The smartphone possesses a single speaker at its base that can produce reasonably rich sound, sufficient enough for playing videos and games with decent audibility.

For calls, the quality is decent and voices sound fairly natural.

Should You Buy It?

If you are a Samsung lover and a little light on the budget, Galaxy A3 Smartphone is the best choice for you. But if you’d like to try other brands, make sure you do your research well. Some of the brands may actually be offering the same features at a lower price. But when it’s Samsung, it’s usually the peace of mind that sells.

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