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Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 Black
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Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 Black

The A3s build is reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and the addition of water and dust resistance is particularly impressive on an entry-level handset

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Key Features:
  • 3D Glass and optimal 4.7” display
  • 13MP rear camera
  • Equipped with IP68
  • Significantly longer battery life
The A3s build is reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and the addition of water and dust resistance is particularly impressive on an entry-level handset
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Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung truly is one of the most well-known technology giants in the world, with an empire of market-leading products available from televisions to washing machines. However perhaps one of their signature products has to be their smartphones, which have earned them a huge following of loyal fans across the globe.

While Samsung is primarily known for releasing their high-end flagship smartphones, fans need not think that they need to fork out a small fortune to get their hands on a Samsung phone.

In recent years the manufacturer has released a series of great entry-level and mid-range smartphones, delivering a premium phone with paired down features that still impress.

One such handset is the Samsung Galaxy A3, a truly beautiful handset with an even more attractive price tag.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Build & Design

Despite an affordable price tag, the Samsung Galaxy A3 has a surprisingly premium design. It somewhat resembles the Samsung Galaxy S7, and upon its release, many were surprised that Samsung had lent such a beautiful build to an entry-level handset.

Featuring an all metal frame and a glass body, the A3 feels great in hand and is extremely comfortable to use. The curved 3D glass back flows perfectly with the curvature of the palm of the hand but its functionality doesn’t stop there.

The A3s build is reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and the addition of water and dust resistance is particularly impressive on an entry-level handset. Of course, we’d still recommend investing in a screen protector and case, as we all know the heartbreak that comes with a smashed phone, but the A3 is durable nonetheless.

You’re not limited when it comes to colour choice either. With models available in black, blue, gold and even pink, there really is a Samsung Galaxy A3 to suit each and every individual.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Screen Quality

The display of the Samsung Galaxy A3 takes a slight dip in screen resolution. But it still features a Super AMOLED screen which means that you also have the added benefit of an Always On Display, meaning that the calendar or clock will always be visible.

The display, of course, isn’t going to be the same as for those who are used to a 1080p screen, but it is still very good for the price and colours come across well balanced.

Users also have the option of tweaking it to suit their preferences; most seem to go for the ‘Basic’ option as it seems to give the most natural feel.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Sound Quality

The sound quality of the Samsung Galaxy A3 without headphones is seriously hindered by the odd positioning of the speaker, and its small size. It means that the sound isn’t very loud and can seem muffled.

Of course when using headphones this isn’t an issue, and otherwise, the sound quality is fairly decent for a phone at this price point. Different tones are well balanced and everything is handled pretty well; you can’t really ask for more.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Features

As with the build and screen, the camera setup on the A3 is surprisingly powerful for an entry-level handset. A 13MP camera comes equipped with a f/1.9 aperture lens. The combination of the two means that the camera performs better than one would expect in low lighting.

The HDR mode is particularly effective and details and colour come through naturally and with a sharp finish. If you want to edit your photos further, then you can explore different features such as Pro mode and beauty mode to get your creative fix and make sure your photos turn out just perfect.

In addition to the above, there’s also an 8MP front-facing camera, which is more than a few megapixels more than other high-end smartphones released at the same time (we’re talking to you Apple). This setup has been surpassed by more recent mid-range phones, but it is still a decent feature.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Performance

The A3 runs on the Exynos 7870 processor, which isn’t Samsung’s quickest or most powerful processor, but it does the job here.

With a phone at this price you know you’re not going to get the speediest smartphone experience, but we have to admit it’s still pretty good. There’s no major delay and even when gaming, it manages to keep up to speed.

The 2350mAh battery, again, isn’t the largest or most powerful that Samsung have released by any standards, but with that being said

Fonehouse Samsung Galaxy A3 Opinion

If you’re on the hunt for a fantastic phone with an entry-level price tag, then the Samsung Galaxy A3 may very well be the ideal handset for you.

This is a phone that has a design and a build that punches well above its affordable price tag, with curved edges and a sleek finish that looks, and feels, amazing.

Its curved body means that it is incredibly comfortable in hand, but it is also exceedingly durable thanks to Gorilla Glass reinforcement and a sturdy metal frame.

The display is definitely a step down from the more expensive Samsung handsets, but regardless it still features a Super AMOLED panel for a better than expected viewing experience.

Sound quality isn’t perfect without headphones, but as soon as you get them plugged in any concerns disappear, and users are met with a pleasant audio experience.

The camera setup is very good for a handset of this calibre, and even though it might not be as powerful as more recently released handsets, you’ll still manage to get a series of good shots.

A fast and responsive processor and large battery complete this stand out handset. And wireless charging is an added luxury that we wouldn’t usually expect on a 2016 handset.

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The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a great affordable choice for anyone on the hunt for a new smartphone, particularly if you’re looking to get your hands on the Samsung name without spending a huge amount, but we still have a range of great Samsung A3 deals for you to check out.

We have a huge range of the very best Samsung Galaxy A3 Vodafone deals on our site, with some great added extras to complete your new pay monthly contract, meaning that you can get a great deal as well as a great entertainment subscription, or even a fantastic cashback offer!

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Release date
January 2017
Form factor
Dimensions (mm)
135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9
Weight (g)
SIM Type
Operating system
OS Version
Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
App store
Web browser
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM


Processor make
Internal memory
16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Expandable storage
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
4.2, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
FM Radio
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


Screen size (inches)
720 x 1280 pixels
Corning Gorilla Glass 4


Front (megapixels)
Rear (megapixels)
autofocus, LED flash,
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama


Capacity (mAh)
Talk Time (hours)


Headphone connection
3.5mm Jack
Voice 66dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 75dB
Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

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