Samsung Galaxy A3 (SM-A310FZDDSER) 16GB Gold Cell Phone Review

Samsung Galaxy A3 is an entry level business smartphone with 16GB built in memory, 1.5 GHz quad core processor.

I bought this phone to my better part as a Valentines day gift, as I felt really sorry for her seeing her trying to accomplish some business tasks with her older but really stylish Samsung LaFleur model. What I was looking for was a phone with at least 16GB memory, as from my experience with Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime (SM-G532F) 8GB might be too few if you are willing to run apps and not to worry about getting out of storage.

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3

I bought this Samsung Galaxy A3 phone at local MetroMart store in Tbilisi for GEL 699, which equals to about $264. if you are looking to purchase this smartphone online, you could get it much cheaper for some $200. See: Samsung Galaxy A3 on Amazon

Technical details

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2015, December
Status Available. Released 2015, December
BODY Dimensions 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm (5.30 x 2.57 x 0.29 in)
Weight 132 g (4.66 oz)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 4.7 inches (~69.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~312 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
Exynos 7578
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 306
Mali-T720MP2
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 13 MP, f/1.9, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP, f/1.9
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (market dependant)
NFC Yes (LTE model only)
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - ANT+ support
- MP4/WMV/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery
Talk time Up to 14 h (3G)
Music play Up to 58 h
MISC Colors Black, White, Gold, Pink
SAR EU 0.49 W/kg (head)     0.62 W/kg (body)    

Table source: Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3

Here is what comes out of the box - a phone, USB cable and an electricity cable for faster charger, earphones and a special pin to remove sim card holder. The model I bough today in Georgia, seems is manufactured for market of Russia and CIS, thus there is an international version (I'm bad at gadget model numbers). This model is not brand new on market, as first time has been released on market December 2015.

Old and new models

Old and new models

The Bottom Line: 

Samsung Galaxy A3 is an excellent budget level business class smartphone with blazing speed. Get one on Amazon.

About Reinis Fischer

Reinis Fischer is a Drupal Developer who works and lives in Tbilisi. A programmer by day and a writer by night. Or Vice Verse. Covers topics on Travel, Restaurant Reviews, Finances, Blogging e.t.c. Loves DIY and recently is excelling as a main constructor in his latest project - home remodeling.
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