Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

7.5/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)'s screen is 4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Samsung Exynos 7 Octa core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2350 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1020 minutes (3G), 1020 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Samsung has created another solid mid-range smartphone contender, and this one looks and feels more like its high-end brothers than ever.

- Jon Mundy , TechRadar 

The Galaxy A3 (2017) is a far cry from reinventing the wheel; instead, its iterative improvements have been gentle and effective.

- Manuel Masiero , Notebookcheck 

Reviews summary

Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Great battery life
  • Attractive, durable design
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • microSD support
  • Solid performance

What's bad  

  • Weak camera in less-than-perfect lighting
  • Low display resolution for the price
  • Rear shell is a fingerprint magnet
  • RAM low for heavy multitasking

Featuring a high-end look with mid-tier specs and pricing, Samsung hopes the Galaxy A3 will attract buyers looking for a premium feel to their mobile without the power or cost of a top tier model.

While the phone looks great, does it have what it takes to make reviewers recommend it? Opinions are rolling in. Let’s see what they’re saying!

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With its glass back and metal sides, reviewers all agreed that the A3 looks like a flagship phone. There’s also IP68 water and dust resistance and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. The curved back impressed reviewers. TechRadar noted, “... it simply feels great in the hand.”

Some reviews mentioned issues with slipping and fingerprints. But no one had any issues with phones breaking or cracking.

Heading around front, reviews of the 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED panel are split. While reviewers loved the brightness and vivid colors on offer, some felt that the display lacked the detail and clarity of similarly priced competitors. TechRadar said, “... [the display] doesn’t show visual media at its best.”

Powering the phone, you’ll find a 1.6Ghz octa-core Exynos processor paired with 2GB of RAM. Reviewers noted slight delays loading apps due to the lack of RAM. Otherwise, performance reviews were solid. Recombu said, “General usage is fast and fluid whilst most 3D games play comfortably in the phone's native resolution…”

The phone ships with 16GB of internal storage with only 9.5GB or so available after the pre-loaded software. If you plan to keep media for offline viewing or listening or play games, take advantage of the microSD port.

Speaking of software, the phone ships with a slightly dated version of Android—6.0.1. However, reviewers found Samsung’s TouchWiz UI easy to use and relatively bloat-free.

As with most mid-tier phones, reviews for the phone’s 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing lens are good—if the lighting is good. However, once lighting dims, so does your potential to take good pictures. Trusted Reviews summed up issues and opinions well, saying, “The camera lacks optical image stabilisation, so with shots taken in poor light especially, you’ll need to keep the phone fairly still. In addition, the camera here simply isn’t as smart as those featured in Samsung’s more expensive devices.”

Battery life received high marks across the board. Despite the smaller 2350mAh battery, most reviewers hit a day and a half on a single charge. Some even pushed it to two days. While the phone lacks quick charging features, the smaller battery capacity means you can get a full recharge in under two hours.

Overall, the A3 impressed reviewers—though some wish the screen and camera were better. Most would recommend the phone at its current price. TechRadar noted, “For casual users looking to make a stylish statement… it’s well worth considering.”

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


Flagship looks without the price

from TechRadar
The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 is a solid upgrade on its predecessor and an accomplished mid-range phone, but there are other strong options too, such as the following three handsets... Full review
GSM Dome

The little Galaxy that could

from GSM Dome
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is basically a tiny battery phone, with a good pair of cameras and it’s the best small phone that $240 can buy. It fights in a segment of very few competitors, like older iPhone 6s or 6 models, maybe an Xperia Compact or two. It’s less pricey than its alternatives and beats models like the Moto G5, plus a few Huaweis... Full review

Packs a respectable pair of cameras into its small frame

from Recombu
Whilst the Galaxy A3’s cameras tick all the fundamental boxes for what you’d expect from a pair of 2017 mid-range snappers it’s a case of software outshining hardware with this latest member of the A Series... Full review

Emulates some of the fundamental draws of the excellent Galaxy S7

from Recombu
Despite its standing in the company’s current product lineup, for the most part, Samsung hasn’t skimped on quality with this mid-ranger. Its design and build quality are unquestionably excellent with useful inclusions like water resistance, USB-C and a fingerprint sensor to boot... Full review

Flagship looks without the price

from TechRadar
The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 is ideal for those who want the classy look and feel of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but aren’t prepared to pay the premium price. Its small 720p display and modest CPU mean it’s not for power users or big media consumers, but it does the smartphone basics with some poise and style... Full review

Remains a very solid and respectable mid-range smartphone

from Notebookcheck
There is little to no need for an upgrade for those who already own last year's Galaxy A3 (2016). With its similar build quality, this year's model does have a few advantages, though... Full review
Tech Advisor

Gets the S7's sleek design & waterproofing as well as plenty of updates over its predecessor

from Tech Advisor
Overall, the A3's improvements for 2017 are pretty significant and make this nice-size, reasonably priced phone even more appealing for those who like the idea of the Galaxy S7 but can't quite stretch their budget that far. Its waterproofing and fingerprint sensor are both convenient and practical, and the good-looking design makes it easy to forget that this phone has a price tag that's half that of many flagship phones... Full review

One of the best small phones on the market

from TrustedReviews
Bang for your buck?The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a nice phone. All that glass and metal is likely to convince many that it’s worth the high asking price. If all you want is an unobtrusive, well-made handset then the Galaxy A3 is a safe bet. However, if you’re the kind to shop around, are a big gamer, or tend to read/watch a lot of content on your phone, then it's possible to get more for your money. The obvious alternative is the Lenovo Moto G5 Plus, which has a sharper screen for a lower price... Full review

A winner with a lot of great things going for it

from PhoneArena
The Galaxy A3 (2017) is such an exciting phone: it brings a level of sophistication in design and interface that we have not yet seen on affordable phones. Neither have we seen a phone with water resistance... Full review

The mid-range phone that thinks it's a flagship

from AndroidPIT
Samsung wants to (re)conquer the hearts of users and still win the favor of the masses. By offering a waterproof smartphone with fingerprint sensor, a very elegant design and a SIM + microSD for a competitive price, it's definitely going to attract a lot of positive attention. Their intention is clear: it wants to offer the mid-range user a well-rounded a device as possible, though not quite reaching the high-end of the market... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date January 29, 2017
Regions available United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)

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Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.349 W/kg
Body: 1.38 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2350 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 1020 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 1020 minutes
3G Surfing Time 720 minutes
4G Surfing Time 960 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1020 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black Sky, Blue Mist, Gold Sand, Peach Cloud
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.5 x 6.6 x 0.8 cm
(5.3 x 2.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 138 grams
(4.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 312 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, GroupWise
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/1.9
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, Hyperlapse, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-A320F

Also available in dual-SIM variant.
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