Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) preview – the elegant side of the middle class

Samsung officially announced their new mid-range offering Galaxy A3 (2016) last month. The model definitely raises the interest among users and we’ve decided to do a quick preview and see what it offers.

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4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display and Android 5.1.1

This time around the smartphone offers a slightly larger screen than the previous Galaxy A3 model (4.5-inch). It measures at 4.7 inches with HD resolution (720×1280) and pixel density of 312 ppi. The panel is again Super AMOLED, provides highly saturated colors and wide viewing angles. The display also has a Gorilla Glass 4 coating to protect it from scratches and cracks.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, but will probably receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Moreover, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is present changing the overall appearance of the menus and icons, while adding a couple of useful features to the phone.

Sleek design and 2300mAh battery

Samsung’s Galaxy A line is famous for its stylish appearance that includes an elegant, sleek and thin body with a metal frame and the Galaxy A3 (2016) is no exception as its thickness is only 7.3 mm and even though it’s slightly thicker than its predecessor, it is still impressive. The weight of the smartphone also suits its size – 132 grams. The screen bezels are very thin, which in combination with the 7.3 mm profile and the 4.7-inch screen should make the device easy to hold and use with one hand. The phone has a unibody type construction and doesn’t allow the back panel to be removed.

Due the larger display, the manufacturer has added a slightly larger battery – 2300 mAh. According to Samsung, it should be able to provide more than 14 hours of phone calls and more than 58 hours of music playback.

Snapdragon 410 and 13MP main camera

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 SoC is taking care of Galaxy A3’s (2016) performance. The mobile chip boasts four Cortex-A53 cores, but they’re clocked slightly higher – at 1.5GHz. The SoC also integrates the Adreno 306 SoC and has 1.5GB of RAM. The available storage is 16GB and if you feel that it isn’t enough, you can always expand it with up to 128GB using a microSD card.

We see a noticeable upgrade in the camera department as the phone now packs a 13MP rear shooter with autofocus, LED flash and f/1.9 aperture. The selfie fans will also be pleased to find out that the front-facing camera has a 5MP sensor with the same f/1.9 aperture allowing for better selfie shots in low light conditions.

Specs sheet

OSAndroid 5.1 (Lollipop)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 (4-core, 1.50GHz, Cortex-A53)
GPUAdreno 306
Display4.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive multi-touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and 1280 x 720 resolution
ConnectivityBluetooth v4.1, A2DP,Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, LTE
Camera13MP with autofocus and LED flash (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Nano-SIM card slot
  • microSD memory card slot, supports up to 128GB
  • microUSB v2.0 port
  • built-in loudspeaker
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • FM radio
  • camera capable of geo-tagging, touch to focus, face recognition, panorama
  • accelerometer
  • proximity sensor
Battery2300 mAh
Dimensions65.2 x 134.5 x 7.3 mm
Weight132 grams

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Margaret Corser
Margaret Corser
8 years ago

Seen the review on the Samsung A3 its on virginmedia websitebeen on there for ages thin its probably running kitkat doesnt seem to say
i am looking for a bit bigger svreen shch as thecA5 or samsung Neo hoping the A5 will be running 5.1 again thar
ts on virginmedia but dont know whatsoftware its running they are solid units you cnt take battery iut
love you sending information as i am due to upgrade in aoril i have the Samsubg S4 miniThe A3 looks nice

7 years ago

Very good looking phone wonderful speed