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The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is an Android smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics. It was announced on January 2, 2017, along with Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017). This move marks Samsung's first product launch since the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 back on October 2016.[5]

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
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BrandSamsung Galaxy
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
SloganSame Galaxy DNA, different attitude
SeriesGalaxy A series
ModelSM-A320x
(Last letter varies by carrier & international models)
Compatible networks2G, 3G (UMTS/HSPA), 4G (LTE)
First releasedJanuary 2, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-01-02)
PredecessorSamsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
SuccessorSamsung Galaxy A6 / A6+ (2018)
RelatedSamsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
TypeTouchscreen smartphone
Form factorSlate
Dimensions135.4 × 66.2 × 7.9 mm
Mass138g[1]
Operating system
System on chipSamsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870
CPUOcta-Core 1.6 GHz
GPUMali-T830 MP1[2]
Memory2 GB RAM
Storage16 GB
Removable storageup to 256 GB
Battery2350mAh (non-removable)[3]
Data inputs
Display4.7" (120mm) Super AMOLED HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 1280x720 pixel[4]
Rear camera13 MP
Front camera8 MP
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot;
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR;
USB-C v1.0 reversible connector

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow right out-of-the-box and runs on Grace UX interface. The smartphone features an Exynos 7870 SoC consisting of 8 ARM Cortex-A53 backed by the Mali-T830 GPU and sports 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage, expandable to 256 GB via a MicroSD slot which can also be used for a second Nano-SIM. The device retains a non-removable battery like its predecessor, rated at 2350mAh. Its extra features, similar to Samsung's 2016 flagship's, include IP68 water resistance, Always On Display, and 3D glass backing with Gorilla Glass 4. A new "Always On Display" functionality displays a clock, calendar, and notifications on-screen when the device is in standby.[6]

AvailabilityEdit

Following the unveiling, Samsung announced that they would sell up to 20 million smartphones, targeting Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Just like its predecessors, the Galaxy A3 (2017) was not made available in the United States, China, Malaysia and India.[7]

VariantsEdit

Model Processor SIM Region
SM-A320FL Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 Single Europe
SM-A320F Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 Single Asia, Africa, Oceania, Middle East, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine
SM-A320F/DS Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 Dual Asia, Africa, Oceania, Middle East, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine
SM-A320Y Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 Single Mexico, New Zealand
SM-A320Y/DS Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 Dual Latin America, Indonesia, Thailand

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Galaxy A3". SAMSUNG. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Exynos 7 Octa 7870 Processor: Specs, Features". SAMSUNG. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Samsung Galaxy A3 Product Specification". SAMSUNG. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) - Corning Gorilla Glass". Corning Incorporated. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  5. ^ Larson, Selena. "Samsung unveils first smartphones since Note 7 debacle". CNN. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-introduces-stylish-powerful-and-practical-galaxy-a-2017-with-enhanced-camera
  7. ^ "Shipment goals for new Samsung Galaxy A and J series revealed". PhoneArena. Retrieved 11 January 2017.