Galaxy A3 By Samsung – Illuminated Design
The least expensive of Samsung’s new mid range line-up, it is unsurprising that the Galaxy A3 is neither the most powerful nor the most specialty rich smartphone on the market. Still it aims to offer consumers a executable compact option, with build quality comparable to handsets costing twice as much. And Samsung’s reputation as a manufacturer is another point in the A3’s favor.
Designing And Specs
This price-tag puts the Galaxy A3 up against some tough mid range competitors, including the mighty OnePlus One and the capable Honor 6. Yet due to the increasing dominance of big-screen smartphones, the A3 could be a standout option for users who crave premium build quality and a sub 5-inch display, but cannot afford a costly device like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. On paper, the specs of the Galaxy A3 look rather run-of-the-mill, with Samsung’s petite offering only packing a 4.5-inch qHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, backed up by 1.5GB RAM. Providing the juice is a 1900-mAh non-removable battery, and as you would expect there’s 4G LTE and NFC connectivity on board. Plenty of storage is available with 16GB of internal storage and the option to add a further 64GB via a micro-SD card. Surprisingly Samsung opted not to include an LED notification light. This is quite disappointing considering the A3’s mid-range price, although the screen does wake from sleep when a telling from a stock app is received. As on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, the headphone jack is located on the bottom edge, alongside a micro-USB port and single microphone.
Samsung’s choice to go with a qHD (quarter HD) Super AMOLED display for the mid-range Galaxy A3 does initially sound a tad bizarre, especially when many devices costing half as much are packing HD panels.
Along with its larger A Series siblings, the Galaxy A3 is one of the first smartphones to use Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 4. As well as providing more protection than previous versions, the glass is super thin with a diameter of just 0.4mm. This allows the A3 to retain a slim and light design, without flexible timing. However in everyday use the resolution of a mere 960 x 540 is perfectly acceptable on the A3’s modest 4.5-inch screen. For the most part, text and images look sharp and detailed. Upon first inspection you would probably assume that the A3’s display was of the 720P variety, as the low 245 PPI pixel density is only really noticeable when consuming lots of media.
Colors are punchy, contrast is superb and angles are implausibly wide thanks to the Super AMOLED technology. The A3’s screen also has a decent maximum brightness level and is very antiphonal to touch.
For a low cost mid range smartphone the Galaxy A3 offers incredible build quality and the absence of flexing and creaking is really quite satisfying. White, platinum silver, midnight black and champagne gold variants of the Galaxy A3 are available, and all carry the same inexpensive price tag.