- Analysis by KJ David
The smallest and lowest-specked among three 2017 A-series updates unveiled by Samsung during the CES 2017, the Galaxy A3 2017 touts a modest 4.7-inch HD-720p interface , which at least has Samsung's trademark Super AMOLED Always-On technology . Its cons also include a middle-of-the-road 2350mAh battery capacity , nailing it to the budget-class Android department in terms of stamina.
As for its pros, the A3 2017 touts 13- and 8-megapixel f/1.9-aperture cameras , which, though not as appealing as its big brothers' dual 16-megapixel camera setups, sound like reasonable imaging specs for a phone in this class. These cameras are supported by a 1.6GHz eight-core processor , although one that comes with a not-so-ambitious 2GB RAM -- the A5 and A7 both have 3GB RAMs.
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Further down its array of pros and cons, we caught a 16GB-only maximum internal storage nicely accompanied by an up-to-256GB memory card slot . In comparison, some of its middle-tier competitors support only up to 128GB of top-up memory. Physique-wise, it dons a 7.9mm-thin, IP68-certified (waterproof and dust-tight) rugged casing made up of a metallic frame met by a 3D glass backing , with colors like Peach Cloud and Blue Mist among its variants.
Like plenty of other comparable mid-range Androids out there, the A3 2017 also supports fingerprint user authentication , which you can use in conjunction with its inbuilt Secure Folder for storing your private information. LTE Cat 6 network connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communication) support are on board as well.
Even though it does not impress anyone in terms of display and endurance, the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017, with its pros and cons, calls out to mid-level smartphone shoppers who dwell largely on imaging and phone physique.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung A3 2017, Samsung SM-A320F
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