Samsung has introduced a new smartphone, the Galaxy A3 2017 to its A-series lineup. This is a mid range smartphone which boasts a decent set of specifications. The phone is very well built and looks like a premium smartphone with it’s metallic edges. This phone is a IP68 certified smartphone which means it is dust and water proof up to 1.5 meters. Galaxy A3 also features a AMOLED panel and a USB type C port.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Specifications
|Key Specs||Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)|
|Display||4.7 inch Super AMOLED|
|Screen Resolution||HD, 1280 x 720 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Chipset||Exynos 7870 Octa|
2 x 1.6 GHz A53
|microSD card||Yes, upto 256GB, hybrid slot|
|Primary Camera||13 MP, f/1.9, Auto focus, LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, f/1.9|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Yes, front mounted|
|Dual SIM||Yes (hybrid)|
|Other features||IP68 certification|
|Dimensions||135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm|
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Photo Gallery
Although Galaxy A3 is a mid range segment smartphone but still it look and feels premium. The chamfered metal edges, and the 2.5D curved glass on the front makes the device look eye candy. The phone is also pretty slim and the curved edges makes the device quite comfortable to hold.
Above the display, you will find an 8 MP front camera, ambient light sensor and the earpiece.
Below the display, you will find the home button which also doubles up as a fingerprint sensor followed by back button and multitasking button on either sides. Both buttons are backlit.
On the right side, you will find the power button and speaker.
on the left, there’s volume up and volume down button.
Top part has got the hybrid SIM card slot and a secondary mic.
The bottom part houses a USB type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and primary mic.
Back part is pretty clean with just the 13 MP camera, an LED flash and a Samsung branding.
Galaxy A3 comes with a 4.7 inch AMOLED display. It has got a HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution with a pixel density of ~312 ppi. The display is covered by a 2.5D curved glass and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 is powered by the company’s own Exynos 7870 SoC with Mali-T830 GPU. It is an octa-core chip-set with eight 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. It has got 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable via hybrid card slot.
It sports a 13 MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture, auto-focus and LED flash. Front is equipped with an 8MP selfie camera with f/1.9 aperture. It can shoot up to full-HD (1080p) videos. The camera features include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and panorama.
Price and Availability
This Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is going to be launched in India very soon, most probably by April or May. Currently it is priced at EUR 329 which roughly converts into Rs. 23,500. However we believe that it’s price is going to be below Rs. 20,00 while Indian launch. It is available in Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, and Peach Cloud color options.
Overall this phone packs a decent specification with a very good build which is a nice thing to see. The IP68 certification and AMOLED display is what makes this device a bit special and it’s something which we don’t see much on any mid range segment smartphone. However price wise, this device looks a bit overpriced. Although we have to wait for the Indian launch as Samsung may price it competitively considering other competitors.