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All year, Samsung has been in the spotlight with its new glass and metal flagships, starting with the Galaxy S6 and ending with the Galaxy Note 5, but that doesn’t mean that the company hasn’t worked on other models in parallel. In fact, in September, the South Korean manufacturer has announced a pair of new mid-range devices, the Galaxy J7 phablet and the smaller J5. But in June, the company has launched the much smaller J5, which isn’t a lot more advanced than the A3, which was released in December 2014. To give you an idea about how different they are, we’ve made a comparison between them.

Designs and Displays

The Galaxy J2 looks more like the first Samsung smartphones which came with a polycarbonate coarse-textured back, with curved edges and a wide frame curved on the sides, which, this time, is made of metal. On the front side, you’ll see the familiar oval home button which is surrounded by capacitive buttons, but the phone lacks a fingerprint scanner. The dimensions are 136.5x69x8.4mm, but its weight hasn’t been specified. The screen measures 4.7-inch and it’s a Super AMOLED supporting a resolution of 540×960 pixels at 234ppi and you’ll easily operate on it with one hand.

The A3 has a more premium appearance, having a slimmer body which is made of metal. The back and the sides are flat and there are a bunch of color options for the metallic construction: Midnight Black, Pearl White, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold, while the J2 is available only in White, Black and Gold. And the dimensions of the A3 are 130.1×65.5×6.9mm, but despite of the metal body, the phone has a weight of only 110grams. But the screen is even smaller at 4.5-inch and it supports also a resolution of 540x960pixels with 245ppi, which means that it’s sharper.


None of the devices have impressive processors, but at least they have four cores. However, the J2 uses an old Exynos 3475 quad core Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, which is backed by Mali-T720 graphics and 1GB of RAM, but Samsung could have been more generous with the internal memory, because it has a capacity of only 8GB, so if you want to install more applications, you’ll need to do it on the microSD card, because the maximum supported size is 128GB.

The A3 uses a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 quad core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor which works with an Adreno 306 GPU. The good news is that if you don’t have enough money to get the model with 1.5GB of RAM, there’s another variant which supports 1GB of RAM. The phone’s internal memory is also expandable, but the initial capacity is 16GB and it can be increased up to 64GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The J2 doesn’t excel in the camera department, because Samsung didn’t intend to make this device amazing, so the resolutions of the two cameras were limited to 5MP and 2MP and the features are standard, nothing spectacular about them.

The A3 offers an 8MP back camera and a 5MP front camera, which inherited the same features, only that the phone is capable of recording Full HD videos.

As for the batteries, Samsung went back to a removable unit and its capacity is 2000mAh, but it isn’t known how much it lasts. The A3 has a uni-body design, which makes the battery non-removable. That’s sad, because its capacity is only 1900mAh.


In India, the J2 can be found at a price of 130 dollars, while the A3 can be bought from Amazon, where it costs 180 dollars.