Today we’re going to compare Samsung’s original Galaxy A3 mid-range smartphone that was released in December 2014, with the second generation model, which was brought exactly one year later. Let’s see what changes have been made to the Galaxy A3 (2016).
The Galaxy A3 measures 130.1×65.5×6.9mm and weights 110.3 grams. The phone has a unibody metal design with a rear camera in the top center, which is surrounded by a LED flash on its left side, and a single speaker on the right side, and likewise any other typical Samsung device, it has a power button located on the right side, below it are two SIM card slots, while the volume rocker sits on the left, and the headphone jack and the microUSB port are placed on the bottom.
On the other hand, the Galaxy A3 (2016) is slightly bigger and heavier, as it measures 134.5×65.2×7.3mm and weights 132 grams. The successor looks even more premium, because it uses the same design as the Galaxy S6: glass on the back and metal on the sides.
The Galaxy A3 comes with a Super AMOLED display of 4.5-inch that supports a resolution of 960×540 pixels at 245 ppi. The Galaxy A3 (2016) comes with a bigger display size of 4.7-inch that supports a higher resolution of 1280×720 pixels at 312 ppi. Both displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Processors, Graphics Cards & RAM
The Galaxy A3 has a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset, a quad-core Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, an Adreno 306 graphics card, but the device is available in two variants of RAM, with capacities of 1GB and 1.5GB.
The Galaxy A3 (2016) comes in two variants of configurations, as follows:
– one that houses a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset, a quad-core Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 306 graphics card and 1.5GB of RAM;
– and a second variant that comes with a Exynos 7578 chipset, a quad-core Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, a Mali-T720MP2 graphics card and 1.5GB of RAM.
The Galaxy A3 comes with an internal memory of 16GB, which can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. The Galaxy A3 (2016) has been released with an internal storage of 16GB, but it can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The Galaxy A3 sports a primary camera of 8MP that features autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, touch focus and a secondary camera of 5MP. The Galaxy A3 (2016) has a primary camera of 13MP that features LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, panorama, face detection, touch focus and a secondary camera of 5MP.
Both devices have non-removable batteries, but the 1900 mAh found on the Galaxy A3 is slightly less powerful than the 2300 mAh battery of the newer model.