Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 Deals

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Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 Information

The Galaxy A3 is one of the leading Samsung smartphones, and one of the most affordable handsets on the market. For the price (its hundreds of pounds cheaper than its competitors), it has excellent capabilities and the looks to match.

Design

Despite being the cheapest Galaxy A on the market, Samsung have not cut corners. The A3 2017 has the same sleek and attractive design and construction as the more expensive models.

It has a certain 'bling' effect to it, with an all-metal rim, a curved 3D glass back and slightly shimmery effect to its front bezels.

The curved back and the size of the phone means that it sits in the palm comfortably, making use with one hand effortless.

Something that had irritated past Galaxy owners is the rear camera bump on the back of the phone. Samsung have clearly taken note, and now the bump has been removed, meaning it can sit comfortably on a flat surface.

Right below the screen is located the physical home button, which is equipped with a fingerprint sensor, which is snappy and makes life easier.

The Galaxy A3 is up to IP68 standards, which means it is waterproof and dustproof (which is super impressive for such a low cost phone). This means the smartphone can be submerged up to 1.5m in depth for up to 30 minutes.

The phone is available in a variety of colours, including Blue Mist, Black Sky, Gold Sand and Peach cloud (pink).

Display

The Galaxy A3 2017 display is 4.7 inch, which makes it the most compact of the Galaxy phones.

The super AMOLED screen ensures contrast and saturated colours plus, wide viewing angles, which presents a perfectly sharp picture. The quality of the display is incredible for the price.

One major advantage of the Galaxy A3's AMOLED display is that Samsung has been able to implement its 'Always On Display' feature. This means you can have a clock or calendar on the screen at all times, which is super useful.

Additionally, the sturdy Gorilla Glass 4 makes sure that the screen is protected from scratches, although you may want to consider putting it in a case as the glass can make it slippery.

Battery

The Galaxy A3 2017 battery has a capacity of 2350mAh, which is pretty middle of the road.

To keep the handset running for longer, within the battery menu, you will find two modes that limit its consumption. The first one makes a few minor restrictions that could increase the battery life between charges, while the second 'Ultra Power' limits the maximum screen brightness to 80%, the performance of the mobile chip and also mobile data.

With decent phone use, the battery should last just over 23 hours, which means you only really have to charge at night rather than through the day with some handsets.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 comes with the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. This isn't the latest version as Google has released Android 7.0 Nougat, although it is still fun and snappy to use.

As standard with Samsung, the handset comes with TouchWiz UI on top of Marshmallow.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 works with the Xynos 7 Octa 7870 mobile processor, which has eight cores. It is powerful and fast, meaning you can load apps, record video, have multiple apps processing all at one time without it feeling sluggish.

Along with it comes the Mali-T830 GPU as well as 2GB of RAM.

Camera

For a low cost premium smartphone, the camera is certainly impressive.

The main camera is 13MP and it also offers f/1.9 aperture, LED flash as well as the ability to film a Full HD video.

Once the camera app is open, slide right and you will see all sorts of camera modes, including panorama, night mode, food photography as well as HDR. If you slide to the left however, there you will find a huge list of filters to recreate that Instagram look.