At the recent CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Samsung introduced a lot of devices that consumers can look forward to. In the mobile department, the company announced updates of phones in the Galaxy A family, a line of mid-range smartphones. These phones are the Galaxy A3 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) and they feature qualities seen on a Galaxy S7 but are a lot more pocket-friendly. The A3 (2017) is expected to hit stores around February.

Design

The A3 (2017) has features reminiscent of a Galaxy S7: a glass curved back and a metal frame. The phone is even waterproof and is also water and dust resistant. A couple of options are available for color: black, gold, blue and pink.

Display

The display is a rather disappointing 4.7-inch 720p screen. And despite being clear, it’s not as crisp as models with Full HD screens like the Galaxy A5 (2017).

Hardware

The A3 (2017) is powered by an Exynos 7870 chipset clocked at 1.6GHz. This is powerful enough to run popular apps and a couple of games as well. The phone has 2GB of RAM and a somewhat small 16GB of storage. Then again, storage can be expanded through a microSD up to 256GB in size.

Software

The A3 (2017) comes with Marshmallow out of the box making it quite outdated now that Nougat is the latest version of the Android operating system. Whether or not the phone can be upgraded to Android 7 remains to be seen.

Camera



Both rear and front snappers are provided with the A3 (2017). At the back is a 13MP camera with an F1.9 aperture which allows you to shoot in low-light scenarios. The rear snapper also features the auto-focus technology of Samsung.

The front, on the other hand, features an 8MP shooter. This pales in comparison to the A5 (2017) which has a 16MP front-facing camera.

Battery

A 2,350mAh cell powers the A3 (2017). You may think that it’s quite a small battery but it’s quite sufficient given the phone only has a 720p screen. The phone has a reversible USB-C cable which lessens the chances of you inserting it the wrong way.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 has a number of features you’d see in a high-end smartphone and it costs even less. Normally you’d think that budget devices are poor in build quality and design but that’s not the case with the Galaxy A3 2017. It even comes with a fingerprint scanner!

Then again, a budget range phone is not without its disadvantages. In the A3 2017’s case it’s a display that is not full HD as well as limited storage capacity.

Deciding to purchase this device will depend on whether or not you’re able to live with the limitations. If you can’t, there’s always the Galaxy A5 (2017) which is slightly pricier but packs more features. Other than that, the A3 (2017) is a pretty good phone for what it’s worth.

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