After a year of Samsung’s focus towards premium phones in the mid-range category with the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5, the company makes a come back with updated versions of the original A3 and A5. The changes are clearly seen in the design as compared with it’s predecssors such as the new camera, LED flash combo shape and positioning and the elegant curves in the corners.
The inside of A3 (2016) is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 1.5Ghz quad-core processor Cortex-A53 with Adreno 306 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 13MP camera on the rear, 5MP on the front camera, a 4.7 inch qHD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and Super AMOLED capacitive screen which is a huge jump from the previous A3 which only carried a 8MP rear camera and lower resolution pixel of 540 x 960. The screen size of the A3 (2016) has also spreaded it’s body to 0.2 inches more which would please a lot of users who struggle with reading on small-er screens. Among the A family series, the A3 is one of the first phones that is protected with Corning’s recent Gorilla Glass 4 providing a handy fit in your palm while preserving sturdiness.
The juice that nourishes the device is a 2300mAh non removable battery with 4G LTE and NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, and Radio connectivity on board. The battery life boasts of up ot 14 hours of talk time (3G) and endless enjoyment of music play of up to 58 hours.
In theory, these features make the Samsung Galaxy A3 an ordinary and average Joe. As most would agree, the real catch is the exteriors of the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) which is a metal unibody that is a lot more sophisticated than the older Samsung smartphones and closely resembles the looks of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with the advantage of easy handle due to its light built size at only 132g.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) runs on the latest operating system Android Lollipop 5.1.1 which the original A3 didn’t despite the Android Lollipop being around for 6 months already. What feels like a relief is that the phone doesn’t come with a lot of readily installed apps – there is the usual Flipboard, Dropbox and a few Samsung and Galaxy apps. There is an in-house 16GB storage available and approximately 11GB left after excluding the Android OS and Galaxy apps. If that’s not enough, there is a MicroSD card slot up to 128GB available in the A3 feature which the S6 flagship models no longer retains.
The Galaxy A3 is available in several colors including black, white, gold and pink at the same price. The phone first made it’s launch in China in December 2015 and will hit global markets over the next few months. The phone will be available for sale in South East Asia and costs S$398 in Singapore, which is AU$395 and $275 after conversion. This phone is officially priced at RM899 in Malaysia. The A3 (2016) is a smartphone that utilized some tasty design tricks from Samsung’s more extravagant models but with some more or less junior specs making it an easy choice for the young and hip users that can’t afford Samsung’s higher end flagships which works for the more fashion conscious crowd and a generation that less tolerates an ugly looking phone which Samsung hopefully is right about. While the A3 (2016) generally is lacking in fine tuned specs as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the looks factor will win your heart over.