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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) is already available for sale in Europe and based on the pricing; this device is already included in the mid-range devices.

Despite coming in with some slight improvements as compared to its predecessor the Galaxy A3 (2015), the South Korean OEM will be facing a tougher 2016 thanks to another Chinese startup that has recently been coming in with quite an amazing set of devices.

Talking of amazing devices, the OnePlus X smartphone is what will make Samsung sweat for its money when it comes to the mid-range smartphone world – a market that Samsung is known to be a dominant player. To get things clearer here is a closer look at the two phones: Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) and OnePlus X.


The main idea of releasing a mid-range smartphone is to capture the budget spenders. While the Galaxy A3 does just this with its $300 price tag, the $249 tag that comes with the OnePlus X makes the latter a much better choice on pricing.

OnePlus is known for its invitation-based purchasing of phones, but toimprove the availability of the OnePlus X smartphone, anyone can buy this phone without an invitation on each and every Tuesday, and delivery will be made free.

Now, the Galaxy A3 (2016) model is not available in the U.S., but it is expected soon.

Design quality and build

From the word go, the OnePlus X sports a much better-looking design than its South Korean counterpart. Covered in 17 acid-etched grooveson its aluminum frame, the Chinese model is 5.5mm longer and 3.8mm wider than the Galaxy A3.

If you are used to the physical home button being located just below the display, you better go for the A3. Otherwise, this is not available on the OnePlus X.

Other than these differences, these two phones resemble each other’s design and build. Both have a Gorilla Glass protection on their backs and frontal parts, but Samsung has a later version than OnePlus.

Performance specs

As far as specifications of these two devices are concerned, the OnePlus X seems technically superior to the Galaxy A3 (2016). OnePlus X sports a relatively older but much more superior Snapdragon 801 chipset whereas the Galaxy A3 (2016) is equipped with an in-house Exynos 7578 chipset.

Despite the A3 featuring a Super AMOLED display while the OnePlus X has a Full HD screen, the two enjoy almost similar battery lives of between 12 to 13 hours. However, the latter has a superior resolution of 441ppi as compared to the former’s 312ppi.

The tiny internal storage of 16GB can be supplementedby both versions with the help of a microSD card. The OnePlus X further lets users insert a second SIM card in place of the SD card; however, you won’t find NFC connections on the Chinese model.

So, which budget phone will you go for?