Specs comparison: Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) vs. Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

Earlier today, Samsung took the wraps off three new handsets as part of its Galaxy A series — the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017). They’re all essentially revamped versions of last year’s models and will go on sale next month. But how to they compare to their predecessors? We’ve already pitted the Galaxy A5 (2016) against the Galaxy A5 (2017), and now we’re doing the same for the Galaxy A3 (2016) and Galaxy A3 (2017).

The Galaxy A3 (2017) sports a slew of upgraded internals, including an Exynos 7870 Octa CPU with a 1.6GHz clock speed, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for 256GB memory cards, an 8MP front-facing camera, IP68 dust/water resistance and a 2,350mAh battery. It also ships running Android 6.0.1 (upgradable to Android 7.0 upon release) as opposed to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and has compatibility for Samsung Pay.

A detailed comparison of the Galaxy A3 (2016) and Galaxy A3 (2017) can be seen in the table below. For more specifics on the handset’s internals, click here.

Galaxy A3 (2016)Galaxy A3 (2016)
Display4.7-inch Super AMOLED (720 x 1280 pixels), 312 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 44.7-inch Super AMOLED (720 x 1280 pixels), 312 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Always On Display
ProcessorExynos 7578, 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, and MaliT720MP2 GPUExynos 7870 Octa, 1.6GHz octa-core CPU, and Mali-T830MP3 GPU
Rear Camera13-megapixel CMOS, f/1.9, autofocus, OIS, 1080p video recording13-megapixel CMOS, f/1.9, autofocus, OIS, 1080p video recording
Front Camera5-megapixel, f/1.9, 1090p video recording8-megapixel, f/1.9, 1090p video recording
Storage16GB internal, microSD card slot (up to 128GB)16GB internal, microSD card slot (up to 256GB)
SoftwareAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradable to Android 7.0Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, upgradable to Android 7.0
ConnectivityDual-SIM, LTE, FM Radio, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, microUSB v2.0 with OTGDual-SIM, LTE, FM Radio, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, USB Type-C with OTG
Battery2,300mAh, regular charging2,350mAh, fast wired charging
Other FeaturesS-VoiceSamsung Pay (NFC and MST), KNOX, fingerprint sensor, IP68 dust and water resistance


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Please Samsung… Bring at least one 4″ phone in A series. Currently I’m owning a Galaxy S7 edge and undoubtebly its the best phone I’ve ever used… bt i wish Samsung could bring something small with the premium built… May be it won’t be a huge hit bt guys like me would always be just more than happy to own one as iphone se is loved for it’s compct size with top notch performance… i think Samsung too has a great scope.. Specialy with it’s sleek design and super amoled display and the latest addition ip 68 ratings… Hope you… Read more »


There should be A3 2017 on heading of third column


Battery is shit

Chinese brands give 4k mah battery at half price

Also at this price one can get mi5 or mi5s which has sd 820 with 3 gb ram

Another Waste mid range by samsung

Even my redmi 2 prime has 2200 mah battery for 6500 rs while this costs 23000 rs

Also in miui they give updates unlimited times while samsung will fool all by releasing with older software and upgrading only 2 times .. ( no need to say they wont upgrade Ui Anytime like MIUI for any phone except in s7 they did for n7 compansation )