Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Samsung Galaxy A3's screen is 4.5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1900mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1900 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 11.3 days standby time, 780 minutes (2G), 780 minutes (3G).



A solid mid-range option for those that prioritise one-handed usability, great battery life and premium build quality over big specs.

- Tomos Ellis , TechRadar 

Reviews (6.2/10 Avg. rating)


AndroidPIT

An unfit heir

from AndroidPIT

The new Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) is not as big a disappointment as the old A3 (2015) but it’s not as impressive as the Galaxy S5 Mini was, either. The performance is not outstanding, but it is adequate for the price. Its shortcomings are, however, offset to a degree by its strong battery li...More

The new Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) is not as big a disappointment as the old A3 (2015) but it’s not as impressive as the Galaxy S5 Mini was, either. The performance is not outstanding, but it is adequate for the price. Its shortcomings are, however, offset to a degree by its strong battery life. The storage space on offer is probably not enough for many users, but Samsung has been so kind as to include a microSD card slot, so this isn’t of such great concern.

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Tech Advisor

Premium design in a cheaper phone

from Tech Advisor

Samsung’s RRP is £239, but you can buy the Galaxy A3 SIM-free for around £190 if you search around online. If you do want it on contract, there should be no up-front cost. But as we’ve said, it’s possible to get a phone with similar specifications for a lot less, so...More

Samsung’s RRP is £239, but you can buy the Galaxy A3 SIM-free for around £190 if you search around online. If you do want it on contract, there should be no up-front cost. But as we’ve said, it’s possible to get a phone with similar specifications for a lot less, so it’s hard to justify spending the extra on the A3 for its cameras or even Samsung’s software.

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TechRadar

Impressive performance, premium build quality

from TechRadar

With the Galaxy A3, Samsung has proved many doubters wrong, showcasing the Korean firm's ability to produce an incredibly well-made and premium-feeling all-metal smartphone. Unlike many bland mid-range options currently available, the Galaxy A3 truly offers something different, and while the compact design will not appeal to everyone, especially users who consume a lot of media, it does contribute towards a great in-hand feel...

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With the Galaxy A3, Samsung has proved many doubters wrong, showcasing the Korean firm's ability to produce an incredibly well-made and premium-feeling all-metal smartphone. Unlike many bland mid-range options currently available, the Galaxy A3 truly offers something different, and while the compact design will not appeal to everyone, especially users who consume a lot of media, it does contribute towards a great in-hand feel.

Samsung's offering doesn't claim to be a spec champ, and those looking for an affordable powerhouse should probably check out the OnePlus One and Honor 6. What the Galaxy A3 does offer however, is a solid smartphone experience that easily fits in your pocket or bag and in the palm of your hand. It's ideal for those on a budget who crave premium build quality and wish to purchase a smartphone from a well-known, reputable brand. 

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Fone Arena

Decent performance with solid build quality

from Fone Arena

The Samsung Galaxy A3 is not on par with the Galaxy A5 in several aspects. Even though the smaller display with slightly less resolution compared to Galaxy A5 and good battery life are acceptable, lack of 4G support and just 1GB of RAM doesn’t make justice to the price tag, even though the smartphone has a premium build quality.

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The Samsung Galaxy A3 is not on par with the Galaxy A5 in several aspects. Even though the smaller display with slightly less resolution compared to Galaxy A5 and good battery life are acceptable, lack of 4G support and just 1GB of RAM doesn’t make justice to the price tag, even though the smartphone has a premium build quality.

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Digital Versus

The high price of elegance

from Digital Versus

We struggled to score the Galaxy A3. On the whole, it's difficult to fault the model. Of course, it has weaknesses, but it makes a pretty decent daily smartphone for anyone looking for a classic handset—particularly if you have little need for multimedia. On top of that, the A3 isn't an unr...More

We struggled to score the Galaxy A3. On the whole, it's difficult to fault the model. Of course, it has weaknesses, but it makes a pretty decent daily smartphone for anyone looking for a classic handset—particularly if you have little need for multimedia. On top of that, the A3 isn't an unrealistic option...provided you manage to find a good-value contract. Without one, its price seems pretty excessive for its specs. For the same amount of money, you can find phones of a similar calibre, such as the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which proved more of an all-round success.

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Geek Squad

The best looking phone in the Samsung range

from Geek Squad

I’m a little bit torn by the Galaxy A3. On one hand, the new aluminium unibody is gorgeous and is big step up over the flimsy-feeling plastics that Samsung have used in the past. On the other hand, the relatively low resolution screen is a bit disappointing in a handset that otherwise looks so nice. In the end, you’ll have to decide for yourself which you think is more important...

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I’m a little bit torn by the Galaxy A3. On one hand, the new aluminium unibody is gorgeous and is big step up over the flimsy-feeling plastics that Samsung have used in the past. On the other hand, the relatively low resolution screen is a bit disappointing in a handset that otherwise looks so nice. In the end, you’ll have to decide for yourself which you think is more important.

If you decide that the screen isn’t too much of an issue for you, and to be honest, it doesn’t really affect the usability of the handset, then the A4 is still a great mid-range phone. It’s a little expensive when compared to other handsets with the same sort of specification but if you can get it on a good deal then I doubt you will be disappointed. It’s a fantastic looking phone with a decent specification and a good operating system. You can’t ask for more than that.

What is particularly exciting about the Galaxy A3 is that it is likely to be a preview of what Samsung have planned for their flagship Galaxy S6 which is due to be announced next month. If Samsung can produce such a nice aluminium body on a relatively cheap, midrange phone then the £500+ Galaxy S6 is likely to be even more spectacular.

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GSMArena

Looks cool and gets the job done

It's hard not to like the Samsung Galaxy A3. And there's more to like about it than what is on the outside. Even so, let's take one final moment to appreciate Samsung's creation.

They crafted a 6.9mm thick smartphone with an aluminum frame and targeted it straight at the mid-range market. It's also very compact and comfortably pocketable...

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It's hard not to like the Samsung Galaxy A3. And there's more to like about it than what is on the outside. Even so, let's take one final moment to appreciate Samsung's creation.

They crafted a 6.9mm thick smartphone with an aluminum frame and targeted it straight at the mid-range market. It's also very compact and comfortably pocketable.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 looks hot and packs a very capable camera. The 8MP shooter did very well in both still photography and video recording. The opposing 5MP camera is great for selfies and its 1080p video recording skills will be highly appreciated in video chats too.

You can't have it all, though. Where Samsung cut corners is the screen resolution. To put it simply, in 2015 qHD is the new WVGA. But it's not all bad because at 4.5" of diagonal the sharpness is acceptable. Plus, it's a Super AMOLED unit and a very bright one at that. You'll have no problems reading what's on screen even in direct sunlight, that's for sure. 

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I don't love this phone!!!

I don't love this phone because it doesn't keep its charge. I also have a friend that has the same phone and she says the same thing, doesn't keep its charge.


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 25, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/850/900 /1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.24 W/kg
Body: 0.3 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1900 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 660 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 660 minutes
3G Surfing Time 480 minutes
4G Surfing Time 480 minutes
Talk Time 780 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 780 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 11.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.0 x 6.5 x 0.7 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 4.5 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 No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Sound & Shot, Exposure value, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, 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
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-A300FU

Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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