Samsung galaxy a3 (2016) review: basic, beautiful, and a bit too expensive


The Galaxy A3 is the entry Model in Samsung’s mid-range A series, which comprises the Galaxy A3, A5 & A7. Samsung has given the Galaxy A3 a lot of love sầu and attention in its năm 2016 update - but has it done enough? We reviews the Samsung Galaxy A3 năm nhâm thìn.

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Samsung"s given its A-series the S-series treatment for năm nhâm thìn, but does the new Galaxy A3"s beauty go further than skin-deep?

ByMarie Blachồng, Editor In Chief


Nevertheless, when compared khổng lồ its predecessor the all-new Galaxy A3 gave a greatly improved showing in our benchmarks. In Geekbench 3 we recorded 2156 points multi-core against 12đôi mươi for the older A3. We also ran AnTuTu on the new phone, where it scored 35,269 points, only a little behind the 37,906 of the Galaxy A5.

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In our GFXBench graphics tests the new Galaxy A3 managed 20fps in T-Rex and 8fps in Manhattung, whereas the older Model was capable of just 13- and 6fps respectively. Here the Galaxy A3 also beat the Galaxy A5, which scored 14- & 5fps respectively. This will be fine for watching đoạn phim và playing casual games.

We use the JetStream JavaScript demo to measure website browsing performance và, again, the A3 came cthảm bại lớn the A5 with 22.766 against 23.146 (a higher score is better in this test). You can compare the Galaxy A3’s performance to all the phones we’ve sầu recently tested in our article What’s the fasdemo phone 2016?

Our final benchmark is the Geekbench 3 battery chạy thử, in which the Galaxy A3’s 2,300mAh battery gave sầu a shorter (but still excellent) runtime of 7 hours 24 minutes than the 2,900mAh A5’s 11 hours 46 minutes, but it scored higher with 4709 points against its 4446. You’ll easily get a full working day from this phone - two at a push - but, unlike the A5, the A3 doesn’t tư vấn Samsung’s Adaptive sầu Fast Charging tech. Neither is there any wireless charging tech, and the battery is non-removable. Also see: Best power banks 2016.

In terms of connectivity & extras the new Galaxy A3 supports only the basics, but pleasingly with the inclusion of NFC which will soon be used for sản phẩm điện thoại payments in the UK. There’s single-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 4.1, GPS and GLONASS and 4G LTE. Unlượt thích the A5, no fingerprint scanner is built inlớn the trang chủ button, so it’s unsurprising lớn find that neither does it have sầu the heart-rate scanner found in the Galaxy S6 và S7. (A dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy A3 năm nhâm thìn will also be available outside the UK.)