Written by Jesper

Expert review of the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

After 3 years, Samsung launched the successor of the Samsung Galaxy A3 in 2017. How does the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) differ from the rest? I tested the device for a week. We no longer sell the device. Do you want a device that looks like this? The Samsung Galaxy A40 is a newer device with similar specifications.

Samsung Galaxy A40

  • 64GB storage capacity
  • 5.9-inch Full HD+ screen
  • Android 9.0 Pie
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  • With the 16 and 5-megapixel dual camera, you can sharply capture every moment.
  • Thanks to the quick-charge function, the battery recharges quickly.
  • Thanks to the dual SIM, you can be reached at 2 phone numbers.
  • Due to the smaller battery, the A40 lasts less than the Samsung Galaxy A50.

Out of the box

Hello Samsung Galaxy S7! Oh no, it's a Samsung Galaxy A3. I'm probably not the first and certainly not the last to mistake these two. The design of the S7 is clearly extended to the A3. Is this wrong? No, it 's a beautiful design. But it's not new. This doesn't mean that the device doesn't feel very pleasant. The front and back are made of glass, but that's hard to see. All in all, the device is beautifully finished.


Samsung A3 screen

Mixed feelings at the screen. Beforehand, I was not impressed by the fact that the A3 has 'only' an HD screen (720 x 1280 pixels). Once in use, this does not appear to be very problematic. Sure, it can be sharper, but it's just a good screen. And Super AMOLED. So Samsung always has built-in: if you are not using the device, the screen shows the date, time, battery percentage and your last messages. Very handy! In short, despite the not too high resolution, the screen on the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is a great screen.

Selfie camera

Samsung A3 selfie camera

Do you like selfies, then the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) with its 8 megapixel selfie camera is highly recommended. For a selfie camera this is a very high resolution. Selfies are therefore almost as sharp and detailed as photographs taken with the rear camera. Are you worried that your bags are too visible, like me? Then you can use the 'skin color' function. Put it on position 8 and your skin looks as smooth and tight as the face of Marijke Helwegen. That it looks a bit unnatural, you just have to go on the bargain.


Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Waterproof

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is dust and waterproof. It has an IP68 classification. This means that the device can be submerged in water up to 1.5 meters up to 30 minutes. Good news for those who drop their devices in the toilet every once in a while. Or for those who have to answer that one phone call in the rain. Dust, too, doesn't penetrate your phone. So, the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is well protected against the elements.

Sample photos

To give you an idea of the camera of the Samsung A3, I've taken a number of photos in different situations. You can see how the camera performs in the dark and in the open air.


The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is a great device. It is easy to handle, it is compact, looks good and works smoothly. I myself am not a fan of how Samsung Android shows on their phones. But that is personal and you can adjust. The Always-on screen is very handy. At a glance you can see the time and your latest notifications. The water resistance is handy and the selfie camera is exceptional. The only thing that made it even better is a flash on the front.

Article by:
Jesper Phone Expert.

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