Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) in the test: No worthy heir – Hardware Tests

Samsung emphasizes the Minis from its S-Class. Instead of S6 mini it served us double from A3 (2016) and A5 (2016). Both are inspired apparent to S6 in terms of design. Whether the Galaxy A3 (2016) boasts so much in practice, as its spiritual predecessor Galaxy S5 mini must show the test.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict

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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Price and Availability

The Galaxy A3 (2016) situated on the German market, the middle class of the Galaxy portfolio in 2016 is and takes its place between the expensive S-class and cheap J-class. Technically and in appearance it is an appreciation against the A3 from the year, 2015.

This year, the A Series is advertised mini as a successor to the S5. In principle, the new A3 the successor of the same size (although faster and more expensive) Galaxy Alpha is. Fortunately, Samsung placed the selling price of the A3 (2016) at 329 euros near the old A3 and not near the S5 mini or Galaxy Alpha , And they went with a suggested retail price of 449 euros, respectively 649 euro at the start.

The best deals shortly after release of the Galaxy A3 (2016) on 18 January 2016 level off at around 300 euros. In this price range are also OnePlus X or Moto G (2015).

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Design and workmanship

The Galaxy A3 is a feast for the eyes and an eye-catcher. The aluminum frame and the durable Gorilla Glass 4 on front and back are strongly reminiscent of the big brother Galaxy S6. The metal frame is prone to nicks and dents, but the basic process is very solid.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A3 2016 4The similarity of A3 to the Galaxy S6 is undeniable. / © AndroidPIT

In several days of testing the Galaxy A3 (2016) suffered its soft metal frame already first quirks. While it can handle small crashes without serious damage well, but they do not go completely unscathed at the midget.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A3 2016 52.5D glass lends the A3 (2016) a round feel. / © AndroidPIT

The curved glass edges (2.5D glass) go the discs front and back very smoothly over into the frame. The 132 gram lightweight 4.7-inch housing is very comfortable to hold. The smooth surfaces make, unfortunately, that the Galaxy A3 (2016) light begins to slide and eventually falls to the ground.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A3 2016 6Also, buttons and the aperture of the SIM carriage are made of metal. / © AndroidPIT

The side buttons for standby and volume were made of aluminum. The volume up / down buttons are placed for my taste a little far above. They can be difficult to use when holding the Galaxy A3 (2016) in his right hand and relies on her little finger.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A3 and A5 2016 2Our test model of the Galaxy A5 came in white. / © AndroidPIT

As colors in addition to black and white and gold and pink are currently being offered. In the Samsung store your pictures all colors see.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Display

The display of the Galaxy A3 (2016) has an excellent contrast ratio, presents the colors rich and can be both very dark and very bright regulate. This makes it suitable for all everyday situations and recommended.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A3 2016 2The display of the A3 (2016) is almost perfectly. / © AndroidPIT

It is the A3 display a 4.71 inch (11.95 cm) wide Super AMOLED HD resolution (1,280 x 720 pixels). A closer look at plan actually individual pixels can be recognized. However, this is not the legibility of small fonts in the way.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Software

Samsung has scheduled cutbacks in many of its pre-installed apps. This is good news because the software has become very lean and fast. So one facilitates delivering earlier updates and ensures greater system security against unauthorized access.

On delivery we get an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Build LMY47X) based software at the German model A310F. The software interface called TouchWiz and consists of a launcher, the Samsung typical set of acoustic signals as well as a theme engine for variable designs.

samsung galaxy a3 preinstalled apps deThe Smart Manager provides optimization tools; S Planner an Exchange-enabled calendar. / © AndroidPIT

The list of non-erasable additional apps has become pleasantly short. In addition to Google Apps, there are a number of Microsoft apps (Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, PowerPoint, Skype, Word) and the following Samsung Apps:

  • voice recorder
  • Own files
  • Memo (note app)
  • Galaxy Apps (App Store)
  • gallery
  • camera
  • news
  • radio
  • S Planner (Calendar)
  • S Voice (voice control)
  • SmartManager (Optimization)
  • Clock

Away from the Apps Samsung's TouchWiz interface features some operating advantages over Google's naked original template stock Android. The Quick Settings are easier to customize. And app icons get small counters with incoming messages (like the iPhone).

samsung galaxy a3 2016 TouchWiz extras deCounters on app icons and individual quick settings make TouchWiz convenient. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Performance

In the synthetic benchmarks of our test track, the Galaxy A3 (2016) rating is below average. In practice, it happens sometimes in noticeable load times. From time to time an app crashes while you open it a second time.

Vellamo Metal 3.2.3Vellamo multicore 3.2.3AnTuTu 6.0.1Geekbench 3.3.2 single coreGeekbench 3.3.2 multicoreBase Mark X mediumBase Mark X High Samsung Galaxy A3OnePlus X

Neither player nor impatient people will have a real joy to the Galaxy A3. In the price range you prefer picks up the OnePlus X. While this has older components, but works much faster.

Samsung has been designed specifically to quad-core Exynos equipped the Galaxy A3 (2016) 7578th He clocked at a maximum of 1.5 GHz and draws on regular 1.5 GB of memory. When multi Tasken between Chrome, Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter loading times already noticeable.

The internal memory of 16 GB is filled after installing the most necessary Apps very rapidly to nine gigabytes. That leaves room for 3,000 photos with the built-in camera. Does your more space, you can use microSD cards up to 128 GB (specified by the manufacturer).

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Audio

The sound of the internal speaker is good and solid, blended in clear mids for clear voice output. The supplied headset has a button for answer / end call or play / pause and a volume rocker. The in-ear speakers come with just one set of essays and dense well off if they fit.

AndroidPIT Galaxy A3 2016 7Microphones are the Galaxy A3 (2016) at the upper and lower ends. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung also provides the Galaxy A3 (2016) with a software equalizer. The Sound Alive equalizer are placed in the audio options additional optimizations called SoundAlive + and Röhrendverstärker aside, if you connect the headset.

5 note sound equalizerRecommendation: To compensate for the equalizer the Mittenlastigkeit the integrated speakers. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Camera

Unfortunately, a disappointment is the camera. Quick snapshots only succeed in very strong light and quiet hands. Pulls at the camera indoors, the focus rarely works fast enough and there is shaky results. But if you have plenty of light and an armrest, succeed few nice shots.

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samsung galaxy a3 2016 camera testColor rendering and details succeed in strong light. / © AndroidPIT

The main camera triggers 13 megapixels in 4: 9 format and has an aperture F1.9: 3 or 10 megapixels in the sixteenth The front camera reaches 5 megapixels with a F1.9 aperture. A double tap the physical Home button triggers the camera quick launch.

samsung galaxy a3 2016 camera test darkSnapshots in the fast-darkness just will not succeed. / © AndroidPIT

Good alternatives in this price region would Moto G (2015) or the LG G3. The latter is a leaking high-end device and also provides a replaceable battery.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Battery

The Akkulufzeit is a superior strength of the Galaxy A3 (2016). It amounts to about two days and also holds strong utilization stood. Integrated Enegiesparmechanismen fall gently and let you control over which apps are disabled in standby.

samsung galaxy a3 2016 power usage deThe battery life of the Galaxy A3 2016 remarkable. / © AndroidPIT

At thirteen hours Display-on-time (at low, adaptive brightness), the Galaxy A3 is a true endurance runner. Unfortunately, a quick charge or wireless charging does not offer the A3, but the battery is still fully fully charged in just 90 minutes.

The battery holds 2,300 mAh and can not be easily replaced. He is charged via a micro-USB port. A suitable USB cable and a power supply with 1.55 amps are in the pack.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016): Technical Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm
132 g
2300 mAh
4.71 inches
1280 x 720 pixels (312 ppi)
5 megapixels
13 megapixels
5.1 - Lollipop
1.5 GB
16 GB
1.5 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1

final verdict

I was the new Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) not as disappointed as the old A3 (2015) and not so impressed mini as the Galaxy S5. The performance is not outstanding, but adequate for the price. However, it is offset by a more than acceptable battery life. The space could be quickly short of many. Samsung has installed a microSD slot, fortunately, so you do not have to hoard scarce on the internal memory your photos.

The camera has not so convinced mini as in the (actual) predecessor Galaxy S5. Since the camera next to the strong (then replaceable) battery, the selling point for the S5 was mini, can not be described at this point as a worthy successor to the A3 (2016) due to the early mistake.

So it is time for an alternative. Place your emphasis on good shots with a cheap smartphone, you should pick up the Moto G (2015). For the supplies in this price range superior camera performance, and also comes up with good battery life on.

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