Samsung A3 (SM-A300F) review

In 2014, the decline in sales of Samsung smartphones in the middle segment became noticeable, one of the main reasons was the very average characteristics compared to Chinese manufacturers, which made Samsung devices not very attractive with the same case materials and comparable chipsets. The company's strategy for 2015 has been completely revised, in particular, a large number of models will be abandoned, each price segment will present its own "heroes", devices with an optimal price / quality ratio. It would be a mistake to assume that the A-series was the result of a change in course, these are one of the last devices that were developed within the framework of the old strategy. The fact that today they are trying to squeeze them into a new positioning and show a change in course is quite logical and understandable, but this should not confuse us - the A series models appeared as a response to inexpensive iPhones, those models that came out a couple of years ago, but are sold as the most available iPhones. No other competitors were considered for this line, and therefore no emphasis was placed on performance across the entire market. Also, a very accurate characteristic of all devices created to fight Apple is the use of nanoSIM cards, they are not used in mass devices, but are used only in those devices that must compete directly with the iPhone. Recently, Samsung has released one such device - Samsung Alpha, it was the first device with a metal frame around the body. It was not intended for the mass segment and was considered quite niche in the company.

Unexpectedly, it turned out that this device has become massive and in demand on the market. I will specifically make a reservation that within the framework of my niche. It remains a mystery to me why many people saw in it a design that differs from other Samsung devices, although of all the differences, only the metal frame around the case can be mentioned - outwardly it is a typical Samsung, it is extremely difficult to find differences.

In the A-series, the company will present three devices, two of them have already been announced, these are A3 and A5, A7 remained outside the first announcement. The difference between these models is that inside the filling is somewhat different, but the main difference is the screen size, in A3 it is 4.5 inches, in A5 it is 5 inches, in A7 it will be 5.5 inches. At the same time, the case design of all devices is absolutely the same, as is the design, due to this they are combined into a series.

It seems very far-fetched to me that such products can pull iPhone buyers or do it in bulk, after all, Apple managed to create a separate piece of the market that does not accept substitute products, this is not a story about the same or better characteristics, similar design etc. The choice of iPhone is often irrational, it is the choice of the brand. And the creation of direct competitors for this product, as a rule, does not lead to sensible results. Another thing is that the A-series turned out to be quite interesting in terms of design, materials, but by no means cost and characteristics - this is a sort of iPhone for the Android market. And here many questions arise, since the cost of such solutions is quite high.

The positioning of the A-series can be described as simple smartphones with the latest version of Android for those who are looking for good case materials, but not maximum performance. Devices for one-handed operation, in many ways similar in positioning to conventional iPhones. Let's figure out together what is sensible in them, as well as what disadvantages are present.

Design, dimensions, controls

For a long time, buyers have assumed that a metal case is a premium material and they are willing to pay extra money for it. In many respects, the fashion for metal cases was introduced by the iPhone, but the same Samsung already had experience in the production of such devices, and real sales showed that the metal in the design is not decisive when choosing a phone. Moreover, in the presence of the same models with comparable characteristics, the one with a metal case was bought much worse. All this forced not to go on experiments and not to produce such devices. However, in 2014, an increasing number of companies began to use metal in the construction of their devices, in particular, the frames around the case became metal (aluminum or stainless steel), and at that moment Samsung's lag became critical, since it was no longer one model, but many of those that are present in the Android smartphone market.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Samsung believes, and quite rightly, that the presence of a collapsible case is an advantage for the consumer - he can independently change the battery, comfortably install a SIM card. At the same time, a certain part of buyers is ready to sacrifice these advantages in order to get an all-metal case, and it is for such people that the A-series was released.

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Compared to Samsung A5

The metal frame goes around the body, everything here is similar to Samsung Alpha or Note 4, the edges are exactly the same, they play in the light the same way. But the entire back panel is also made of metal, although it is painted over in the color of the case. It has several recesses for antennas, but they are not visible due to uniform shading. This is a conscious decision, since the same iPhone uses either a plastic insert (as on the iPhone 6) or an insert on the back panel, as in the iPhone 5/5s, which is knocked out of the design of the device. Samsung considered that the appearance of the device should be unified, and achieved this with this approach.

Color schemes for A3 are quite diverse - initially the devices appear in white, black, blue, golden and pink colors, later other options may appear. The white color has a pearly tint, it is not matte, it plays well in the light. Attempting to intentionally scratch it shows that scratches appear, but they are not visible unless you look closely.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

The fact that Samsung decided to paint the sides of the device in the color of the body, not leave them entirely metal, has already caused idle fiction for Note 4, some people “saw” that it was plastic covered with foil, considered a 3.5 mm jack, in which also saw plastic. As in Note 4, and in the entire A-series, this is an all-metal frame a few millimeters thick. There is no plastic here, the A3 also has a metal back, and it is quite durable and massive. The device will easily survive the fall, but I have not tried it for such a fashionable bend - with effort, any metal device can be bent, the only question is what kind of effort it will be. In A3, you have to try very hard to bend the device.

What is the point of making the phone case in the color of metal and showing it, I do not understand. On the streets, I have never met cars with metal bodies that were not covered with paint. Why this is required from the phone remains a mystery to me, especially since all metal phone cases are painted in one way or another, usually it is metal-like painting. It sounds funny, but the metal is painted to look like metal so that you have the appropriate impression. Samsung's approach to the A-series is quite understandable, the phones look very nice on the outside, and feel the same in the hands.

I'll start with a simple one - by squeezing the phone in your hands, you will not be able to achieve any crunch or any backlash. Nothing. The assembly, as usual, is on top, and there is nothing to complain about. The dimensions of the phone are 130.1x65.5x6.9 mm, and the weight is 110 grams. Very compact, fits well in the hand.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

The controls are traditionally located, the volume rocker is on the left side, and the on/off button is on the right side. There are also two slots for nanoSIM cards, in one slot there is also a combined holder for a microSD card. The device has two microphones, they are located at the ends. At the bottom there is a regular microUSB connector, as well as a 3.5 mm jack for a headset or headphones.

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The front camera is located above the screen, there is also a light sensor, as well as proximity. Under the screen there are two touch and one mechanical button.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Display

The A3's weakest point is its 4.5-inch screen with qHD resolution, that is, 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Just because it's SuperAMOLED, which supports the maximum power saving mode, doesn't eliminate the issue of such a small display resolution. The only explanation I see is that the resolution of the 3.5-inch iPhone 4/4s screen is 640x960 pixels, and this model is tipped to compete with this device, with a number of reservations. https://cars45.com/listing/kia/carens/2009 is still present and actively sold on the market iPhone 4S 8 GB, and the device from Samsung is its competitor.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Of course, in a modern phone of this price level, I would like to see at least an HD screen. The fact that the A3 uses a qHD-matrix, albeit SuperAMOLED, seems to me a mistake. On the other hand, for an ordinary consumer who uses the phone to make calls, the Internet from time to time, and this permission is quite enough, the example of the iPhone proves this well. For more advanced users, this will obviously not be enough.

In terms of color reproduction, the quality of the picture, the screen in A3 is good, but not the best. Comparing it with the current generation of Samsung devices, you can see the difference, in many ways it is described by the difference in resolution. There are no complaints about the brightness, the picture is clear. When automatically adjusting the brightness of the backlight, you can see that it is not always the maximum, it can often seem dim. On the other hand, this level is optimal and provides a fairly long battery life.

Battery

The built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 1900 mAh, which is quite a bit by modern standards. For example, the Galaxy Alpha has a 1860 mAh battery, but the chipset is made using 20 nm technology, although it is more powerful, eight-core. Here the chipset is based on 28 nm technology, but from Qualcomm, and it has less power. As a result, it turns out that it can provide more run time.

Video playback time is about 10.5 hours, which is typical for all devices from Samsung. With real use of the phone, you can achieve two days of confident work with an hour of calls, two dozen messages, a couple of hours of listening to music. With a very heavy load, the device will work for only one day, but for example, with the same load, the S5 will sit down at about one in the afternoon. The use of an optimized chipset makes itself felt, this is a new generation device in terms of improved runtime. Although it all depends on what and how you use it, how you set up all the parameters.

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Full charge time for the battery is just under two hours. Fast charging technology, as in Note 4, is not supported here.

Memory, RAM, chipset and performance

Most markets will have a model with LTE support, it is the highest in price and is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset - MSM8916, four A53 64-bit cores, frequency up to 1.2 GHz. This chipset is one of the best in the middle price segment, it is quite productive, while offering good performance for a reasonable price. The amount of RAM is 1 GB, built-in - 16 GB, of which about 12 GB is available to the user. Memory cards are supported up to 64 GB, which will be enough for most.

In A-series devices, there is an unusual thing in that the simultaneous use of two SIM-cards and a memory card is impossible. In the second slot, either a memory card or a SIM card can be installed, but not both at the same time. Therefore, you will have to choose what is more important for you - you should keep this in mind when you choose a device.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

In synthetic tests, this chipset does not show maximum results, but this does not affect performance in any way, everything works quite well and quickly.

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Of the pluses, I note that the chipset allows you to achieve a long operating time from a single charge, unlike the previous generation models.

Communications

Everything is quite typical, USB version 2, there is support for NFC, Ant +, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the built-in LTE modem supports LTE Advanced Cat.4.

Camera

The front camera does not have autofocus, but it has a resolution of 5 megapixels, which is not bad.

The main camera is 8-megapixel, it is similar in characteristics to the cameras that were in the flagships a couple of years ago, it gives a good picture quality, as you can see for yourself.

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Software

The device has the latest version of Android 4.4.4 with TouchWiz shell, it is also the latest version, as on the company's flagships. There are almost no differences from the same S5, so I refer you to the relevant part of the review.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

В отличие от топовых моделей, здесь есть встроенное FM-радио, что выглядит приятным бонусом.

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Но в телефоне отсутствуют ставшие привычными по старшим моделям приложения, например, нет S Health, которое учитывает ваши шаги, а также физическую активность. В комплекте почти нет приложений, которые компания дарит со старшими аппаратами, или подписок на сервисы (тот же Dropbox в комплекте отсутствует). Достаточно скромный набор приложений, что на фоне флагманов объяснимо, но непонятно, почему нет, например, детского режима или тому подобных вещей. Выглядит так, словно А-серия существует как-то отдельно от основного костяка моделей Samsung. Для кого-то это может стать серьезным ограничением, поэтому о нем лучше знать заранее. В остальном это типичный аппарат от Samsung, в котором немного переработан TouchWiz, так как экран не позволяет реализовать все фишки – из неприятного отмечу отсутствие иконок быстрого запуска в шторке, к которым многие привыкли.

Темы оформления меняют не только обои, но и иконки в меню.

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Можете посмотреть оставшиеся скриншоты из различных меню.

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Впечатления

Громкий и чистый звонок, все довольно типично для аппаратов от Samsung. Качество передачи речи отличное, нет никаких проблем, громкости динамика во время разговора хватает, расположение микрофонов гарантирует, что вас услышат даже на шумной улице.

Модель А3 появится в России по 16 990 рублей (цена предварительная, но вряд ли она будет выше) в конце ноября.Given that the cost of the Galaxy Alpha, which has a similar size, is about 25 thousand rubles, a significant difference in cost is obtained. Another thing is that the A3 has a worse screen, its resolution is lower, the main camera is also inferior - but the device wins both in terms of operating time, the presence of two SIM cards, and the presence of a completely metal case. Probably, it is worth starting from how you plan to use the phone. If you need a smartphone for calls that is not cheap, made of quality materials, then this device should be considered as an alternative to the iPhone 4s 8 GB, iPhone 5c/s. With comparable screens, the A3 has a better case, it is thinner and feels noticeably better in the hand. The price of 17 thousand rubles favorably distinguishes it from the same iPhone 5 of all options, there is a clear benefit with similar characteristics.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Given that the A5 will cost about 23,000 rubles, the older model plays in a completely different class. The same chipset, but 2 GB of RAM, exactly the same chassis, 5-inch HD screen - but most importantly, still a one-handed model, but with completely different impressions of using it. This is not an iPhone form factor at all, but rather the familiar Galaxy S5 / S4. Therefore, I would not consider this device as a replacement for the iPhone.

There are many Android smartphones on the market that can be considered cheaper versions of the Samsung A3 and often more functional. But they are in plastic cases, they lack the very premium that many have asked for. Did you ask? Receive and sign - the difference in price is easily described by the quality of the case and its execution. Something tells me that now the same people who complained about plastic will start a mournful song that metal is expensive and better cheaper, but in plastic cases. Mourners are an inescapable part of the market, they mourn every product regardless of its actual characteristics.

We can expect the A3 to sell noticeably better than the Galaxy Alpha, primarily due to its lower price. It is unlikely that this device will become a bestseller, this is a fashion device, in which technical characteristics play a secondary role. It is unlikely that the A3 will be a real competitor to the iPhone 5, but it is quite possible that it will bite off some piece of the market. Nice model that has the right to exist. If it cost about 15,000 rubles, and then it would become a bestseller, at the current price it will be noticeable, but not a key device.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F) review

In 2014, the decline in sales of Samsung smartphones in the middle segment became noticeable, one of the main reasons was the very average characteristics compared to Chinese manufacturers, which made Samsung devices not very attractive with the same case materials and comparable chipsets. The company's strategy for 2015 has been completely revised, in particular, a large number of models will be abandoned, each price segment will present its own "heroes", devices with an optimal price / quality ratio. It would be a mistake to assume that the A-series was the result of a change in course, these are one of the last devices that were developed within the framework of the old strategy. The fact that today they are trying to squeeze them into a new positioning and show a change in course is quite logical and understandable, but this should not confuse us - the A series models appeared as a response to inexpensive iPhones, those models that came out a couple of years ago, but are sold as the most available iPhones.No other competitors were considered for this line, and therefore no emphasis was placed on performance across the entire market. Also, a very accurate characteristic of all devices created to fight Apple is the use of nanoSIM cards, they are not used in mass devices, but are used only in those devices that must compete directly with the iPhone. Recently, Samsung has released one such device - Samsung Alpha, it was the first device with a metal frame around the body. It was not intended for the mass segment and was considered quite niche in the company.

Unexpectedly, it turned out that this device has become massive and in demand on the market. I will specifically make a reservation that within the framework of my niche. It remains a mystery to me why many people saw in it a design that differs from other Samsung devices, although of all the differences, only the metal frame around the case can be mentioned - outwardly it is a typical Samsung, it is extremely difficult to find differences.

In the A-series, the company will present three devices, two of them have already been announced, these are A3 and A5, A7 remained outside the first announcement. The difference between these models is that inside the filling is somewhat different, but the main difference is the screen size, in A3 it is 4.5 inches, in A5 it is 5 inches, in A7 it will be 5.5 inches. At the same time, the case design of all devices is absolutely the same, as is the design, due to this they are combined into a series.

It seems very far-fetched to me that such products can pull iPhone buyers or do it in bulk, after all, Apple managed to create a separate piece of the market that does not accept substitute products, this is not a story about the same or better characteristics, similar design etc. The choice of iPhone is often irrational, it is the choice of the brand. And the creation of direct competitors for this product, as a rule, does not lead to sensible results. Another thing is that the A-series turned out to be quite interesting in terms of design, materials, but by no means cost and characteristics - this is a sort of iPhone for the Android market. And here many questions arise, since the cost of such solutions is quite high.

The positioning of the A-series can be described as simple smartphones with the latest version of Android for those who are looking for good case materials, but not maximum performance. Devices for one-handed operation, in many ways similar in positioning to conventional iPhones. Let's figure out together what is sensible in them, as well as what disadvantages are present.

Design, dimensions, controls

For a long time, buyers have assumed that a metal case is a premium material and they are willing to pay extra money for it. In many respects, the fashion for metal cases was introduced by the iPhone, but the same Samsung already had experience in the production of such devices, and real sales showed that the metal in the design is not decisive when choosing a phone. Moreover, in the presence of the same models with comparable characteristics, the one with a metal case was bought much worse. All this forced not to go on experiments and not to produce such devices. However, in 2014, an increasing number of companies began to use metal in the construction of their devices, in particular, the frames around the case became metal (aluminum or stainless steel), and at that moment Samsung's lag became critical, since it was no longer one model, but many of those that are present in the Android smartphone market.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Samsung believes, and quite rightly, that the presence of a collapsible case is an advantage for the consumer - he can independently change the battery, comfortably install a SIM card. At the same time, a certain part of buyers is ready to sacrifice these advantages in order to get an all-metal case, and it is for such people that the A-series was released.

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Compared to Samsung A5

The metal frame goes around the body, everything here is similar to Samsung Alpha or Note 4, the edges are exactly the same, they play in the light the same way. But the entire back panel is also made of metal, although it is painted over in the color of the case. It has several recesses for antennas, but they are not visible due to uniform shading. This is a conscious decision, since the same iPhone uses either a plastic insert (as on the iPhone 6) or an insert on the back panel, as in the iPhone 5/5s, which is knocked out of the design of the device. Samsung considered that the appearance of the device should be unified, and achieved this with this approach.

Color schemes for A3 are quite diverse - initially the devices appear in white, black, blue, golden and pink colors, later other options may appear. The white color has a pearly tint, it is not matte, it plays well in the light. Attempting to intentionally scratch it shows that scratches appear, but they are not visible unless you look closely.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

The fact that Samsung decided to paint the sides of the device in the color of the body, not leave them entirely metal, has already caused idle fiction for Note 4, some people “saw” that it was plastic covered with foil, considered a 3.5 mm jack, in which also saw plastic. As in Note 4, and in the entire A-series, this is an all-metal frame a few millimeters thick. There is no plastic here, the A3 also has a metal back, and it is quite durable and massive. The device will easily survive the fall, but I have not tried it for such a fashionable bend - with effort, any metal device can be bent, the only question is what kind of effort it will be. In A3, you have to try very hard to bend the device.

What is the point of making the phone case in the color of metal and showing it, I do not understand. On the streets, I have never met cars with metal bodies that were not covered with paint. Why this is required from the phone remains a mystery to me, especially since all metal phone cases are painted in one way or another, usually it is metal-like painting. It sounds funny, but the metal is painted to look like metal so that you have the appropriate impression. Samsung's approach to the A-series is quite understandable, the phones look very nice on the outside, and feel the same in the hands.

I'll start with a simple one - by squeezing the phone in your hands, you will not be able to achieve any crunch or any backlash. Nothing. The assembly, as usual, is on top, and there is nothing to complain about. The dimensions of the phone are 130.1x65.5x6.9 mm, and the weight is 110 grams. Very compact, fits well in the hand.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

The controls are traditionally located, the volume rocker is on the left side, and the on/off button is on the right side. There are also two slots for nanoSIM cards, in one slot there is also a combined holder for a microSD card. The device has two microphones, they are located at the ends. At the bottom there is a regular microUSB connector, as well as a 3.5 mm jack for a headset or headphones.

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The front camera is located above the screen, there is also a light sensor, as well as proximity. Under the screen - two touch and one mechanical button.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Display

The weakest point of the A3 is the screen - 4.5 inches with qHD resolution, that is, 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Just because it's SuperAMOLED, which supports the maximum power saving mode, doesn't eliminate the issue of such a small display resolution. The only explanation I see is that the resolution of the 3.5-inch iPhone 4/4s screen is 640x960 pixels, and this model is tipped to compete with this device, with a number of reservations. https://cars45.com/listing/kia/carens/2009 is still present and actively sold on the market iPhone 4S 8 GB, and the device from Samsung is its competitor.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Of course, in a modern phone of this price level, I would like to see at least an HD screen. The fact that the A3 uses a qHD-matrix, albeit SuperAMOLED, seems to me a mistake. On the other hand, for an ordinary consumer who uses the phone to make calls, the Internet from time to time, and this permission is quite enough, the example of the iPhone proves this well. For more advanced users, this will obviously not be enough.

In terms of color reproduction, the quality of the picture, the screen in A3 is good, but not the best. Comparing it with the current generation of Samsung devices, you can see the difference, in many ways it is described by the difference in resolution. There are no complaints about the brightness, the picture is clear. When automatically adjusting the brightness of the backlight, you can see that it is not always the maximum, it can often seem dim. On the other hand, this level is optimal and provides a fairly long battery life.

Battery

The built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 1900 mAh, which is quite a bit by modern standards. For example, the Galaxy Alpha has a 1860 mAh battery, but the chipset is made using 20 nm technology, although it is more powerful, eight-core. Here the chipset is based on 28 nm technology, but from Qualcomm, and it has less power. As a result, it turns out that it can provide more run time.

Video playback time is about 10.5 hours, which is typical for all devices from Samsung. With real use of the phone, you can achieve two days of confident work with an hour of calls, two dozen messages, a couple of hours of listening to music. With a very heavy load, the device will work for only one day, but for example, with the same load, the S5 will sit down at about one in the afternoon. The use of an optimized chipset makes itself felt, this is a new generation device in terms of improved runtime. Although it all depends on what and how you use it, how you set up all the parameters.

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Full battery charging time is just under two hours. Fast charging technology, as in Note 4, is not supported here.

Memory, RAM, chipset and performance

Most markets will have a model with LTE support, it is the highest in price and is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset - MSM8916, four A53 64-bit cores, frequency up to 1.2 GHz. This chipset is one of the best in the middle price segment, it is quite productive, while offering good performance for a reasonable price. The amount of RAM is 1 GB, the built-in memory is 16 GB, of which about 12 GB is available to the user. Memory cards are supported up to 64 GB, which will be enough for most.

In A-series devices, there is an unusual thing in that the simultaneous use of two SIM-cards and a memory card is impossible. In the second slot, either a memory card or a SIM card can be installed, but not both at the same time. Therefore, you will have to choose what is more important for you - you should keep this in mind when you choose a device.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

In synthetic tests, this chipset does not show maximum results, but this does not affect performance in any way, everything works quite well and quickly.

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Of the pluses, I note that the chipset allows you to achieve a long operating time from a single charge, unlike the previous generation models.

Communications

Everything is quite typical, USB version 2, there is support for NFC, Ant +, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the built-in LTE modem supports LTE Advanced Cat.4.

Camera

The front camera does not have autofocus, but it has a resolution of 5 megapixels, which is not bad.

The main camera is 8-megapixel, it is similar in characteristics to the cameras that were in the flagships a couple of years ago, it produces good picture quality, as you can see for yourself.

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Software

The device has the latest version of Android 4.4.4 with TouchWiz shell, it is also the latest version, as on the company's flagships. There are almost no differences from the same S5, so I refer you to the relevant part of the review.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

В отличие от топовых моделей, здесь есть встроенное FM-радио, что выглядит приятным бонусом.

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Но в телефоне отсутствуют ставшие привычными по старшим моделям приложения, например, нет S Health, которое учитывает ваши шаги, а также физическую активность. В комплекте почти нет приложений, которые компания дарит со старшими аппаратами, или подписок на сервисы (тот же Dropbox в комплекте отсутствует). Достаточно скромный набор приложений, что на фоне флагманов объяснимо, но непонятно, почему нет, например, детского режима или тому подобных вещей. Выглядит так, словно А-серия существует как-то отдельно от основного костяка моделей Samsung. Для кого-то это может стать серьезным ограничением, поэтому о нем лучше знать заранее. В остальном это типичный аппарат от Samsung, в котором немного переработан TouchWiz, так как экран не позволяет реализовать все фишки – из неприятного отмечу отсутствие иконок быстрого запуска в шторке, к которым многие привыкли.

Темы оформления меняют не только обои, но и иконки в меню.

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Впечатления

Громкий и чистый звонок, все довольно типично для аппаратов от Samsung. Качество передачи речи отличное, нет никаких проблем, громкости динамика во время разговора хватает, расположение микрофонов гарантирует, что вас услышат даже на шумной улице.

Модель А3 появится в России по 16 990 рублей (цена предварительная, но вряд ли она будет выше) в конце ноября.Given that the cost of the Galaxy Alpha, which has a similar size, is about 25 thousand rubles, a significant difference in cost is obtained. Another thing is that the A3 has a worse screen, its resolution is lower, the main camera is also inferior - but the device wins both in terms of operating time, the presence of two SIM cards, and the presence of a completely metal case. Probably, it is worth starting from how you plan to use the phone. If you need a smartphone for calls that is not cheap, made of quality materials, then this device should be considered as an alternative to the iPhone 4s 8 GB, iPhone 5c/s. With comparable screens, the A3 has a better case, it is thinner and feels noticeably better in the hand. The price of 17 thousand rubles favorably distinguishes it from the same iPhone 5 of all options, there is a clear benefit with similar characteristics.

We can expect the A3 to sell noticeably better than the Galaxy Alpha, primarily due to its lower price. It is unlikely that this device will become a bestseller, this is a fashion device, in which technical characteristics play a secondary role. It is unlikely that the A3 will be a real competitor to the iPhone 5, but it is quite possible that it will bite off some piece of the market. Nice model that has the right to exist. If it cost about 15,000 rubles, and then it would become a bestseller, at the current price it will be noticeable, but not a key device.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F) review

In 2014, the decline in sales of Samsung smartphones in the middle segment became noticeable, one of the main reasons was the very average characteristics compared to Chinese manufacturers, which made Samsung devices not very attractive with the same case materials and comparable chipsets. The company's strategy for 2015 has been completely revised, in particular, a large number of models will be abandoned, each price segment will present its own "heroes", devices with an optimal price / quality ratio. It would be a mistake to assume that the A-series was the result of a change in course, these are one of the last devices that were developed within the framework of the old strategy. The fact that today they are trying to squeeze them into a new positioning and show a change in course is quite logical and understandable, but this should not confuse us - the A series models appeared as a response to inexpensive iPhones, those models that came out a couple of years ago, but are sold as the most available iPhones.No other competitors were considered for this line, and therefore no emphasis was placed on performance across the entire market. Also, a very accurate characteristic of all devices created to fight Apple is the use of nanoSIM cards, they are not used in mass devices, but are used only in those devices that must compete directly with the iPhone. Recently, Samsung has released one such device - Samsung Alpha, it was the first device with a metal frame around the body. It was not intended for the mass segment and was considered quite niche in the company.

Unexpectedly, it turned out that this device has become massive and in demand on the market. I will specifically make a reservation that within the framework of my niche. It remains a mystery to me why many people saw in it a design that differs from other Samsung devices, although of all the differences, only the metal frame around the case can be mentioned - outwardly it is a typical Samsung, it is extremely difficult to find differences.

In the A-series, the company will present three devices, two of them have already been announced, these are A3 and A5, A7 remained outside the first announcement. The difference between these models is that inside the filling is somewhat different, but the main difference is the screen size, in A3 it is 4.5 inches, in A5 it is 5 inches, in A7 it will be 5.5 inches. At the same time, the case design of all devices is absolutely the same, as is the design, due to this they are combined into a series.

It seems very far-fetched to me that such products can pull iPhone buyers or do it in bulk, after all, Apple managed to create a separate piece of the market that does not accept substitute products, this is not a story about the same or better characteristics, similar design etc. The choice of iPhone is often irrational, it is the choice of the brand. And the creation of direct competitors for this product, as a rule, does not lead to sensible results. Another thing is that the A-series turned out to be quite interesting in terms of design, materials, but by no means cost and characteristics - this is a sort of iPhone for the Android market. And here many questions arise, since the cost of such solutions is quite high.

The positioning of the A-series can be described as simple smartphones with the latest version of Android for those who are looking for good case materials, but not maximum performance. Devices for one-handed operation, in many ways similar in positioning to conventional iPhones. Let's figure out together what is sensible in them, as well as what disadvantages are present.

Design, dimensions, controls

For a long time, buyers have assumed that a metal case is a premium material and they are willing to pay extra money for it. In many respects, the fashion for metal cases was introduced by the iPhone, but the same Samsung already had experience in the production of such devices, and real sales showed that the metal in the design is not decisive when choosing a phone. Moreover, in the presence of the same models with comparable characteristics, the one with a metal case was bought much worse. All this forced not to go on experiments and not to produce such devices. However, in 2014, an increasing number of companies began to use metal in the construction of their devices, in particular, the frames around the case became metal (aluminum or stainless steel), and at that moment Samsung's lag became critical, since it was no longer one model, but many of those that are present in the Android smartphone market.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Samsung believes, and quite rightly, that the presence of a collapsible case is an advantage for the consumer - he can independently change the battery, comfortably install a SIM card. At the same time, a certain part of buyers is ready to sacrifice these advantages in order to get an all-metal case, and it is for such people that the A-series was released.

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Compared to Samsung A5

The metal frame goes around the body, everything here is similar to Samsung Alpha or Note 4, the edges are exactly the same, they play in the light the same way. But the entire back panel is also made of metal, although it is painted over in the color of the case. It has several recesses for antennas, but they are not visible due to uniform shading. This is a conscious decision, since the same iPhone uses either a plastic insert (as on the iPhone 6) or an insert on the back panel, as in the iPhone 5/5s, which is knocked out of the design of the device. Samsung considered that the appearance of the device should be unified, and achieved this with this approach.

Color schemes for A3 are quite diverse - initially the devices appear in white, black, blue, golden and pink colors, later other options may appear. The white color has a pearly tint, it is not matte, it plays well in the light. Attempting to intentionally scratch it shows that scratches appear, but they are not visible unless you look closely.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

The fact that Samsung decided to paint the sides of the device in the color of the body, not leave them entirely metal, has already caused idle fiction for Note 4, some people “saw” that it was plastic covered with foil, considered a 3.5 mm jack, in which also saw plastic. As in Note 4, and in the entire A-series, this is an all-metal frame a few millimeters thick. There is no plastic here, the A3 also has a metal back, and it is quite durable and massive. The device will easily survive the fall, but I have not tried it for such a fashionable bend - with effort, any metal device can be bent, the only question is what kind of effort it will be. In A3, you have to try very hard to bend the device.

What is the point of making the phone case in the color of metal and showing it, I do not understand. On the streets, I have never met cars with metal bodies that were not covered with paint. Why this is required from the phone remains a mystery to me, especially since all metal phone cases are painted in one way or another, usually it is metal-like painting. It sounds funny, but the metal is painted to look like metal so that you have the appropriate impression. Samsung's approach to the A-series is quite understandable, the phones look very nice on the outside, and feel the same in the hands.

I'll start with a simple one - by squeezing the phone in your hands, you will not be able to achieve any crunch or any backlash. Nothing. The assembly, as usual, is on top, and there is nothing to complain about. The dimensions of the phone are 130.1x65.5x6.9 mm, and the weight is 110 grams. Very compact, fits well in the hand.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

The controls are traditionally located, the volume rocker is on the left side, and the on/off button is on the right side. There are also two slots for nanoSIM cards, in one slot there is also a combined holder for a microSD card. The device has two microphones, they are located at the ends. At the bottom there is a regular microUSB connector, as well as a 3.5 mm jack for a headset or headphones.

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The front camera is located above the screen, there is also a light sensor, as well as proximity. Under the screen there are two touch and one mechanical button.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Display

The A3's weakest point is its 4.5-inch screen with qHD resolution, that is, 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Just because it's SuperAMOLED, which supports the maximum power saving mode, doesn't eliminate the issue of such a small display resolution. The only explanation I see is that the resolution of the 3.5-inch iPhone 4/4s screen is 640x960 pixels, and this model is tipped to compete with this device, with a number of reservations. https://cars45.com/listing/kia/carens/2009 is still present and actively sold on the market iPhone 4S 8 GB, and the device from Samsung is its competitor.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Of course, in a modern phone of this price level, I would like to see at least an HD screen. The fact that the A3 uses a qHD-matrix, albeit SuperAMOLED, seems to me a mistake. On the other hand, for an ordinary consumer who uses the phone to make calls, the Internet from time to time, and this permission is quite enough, the example of the iPhone proves this well. For more advanced users, this will obviously not be enough.

In terms of color reproduction, the quality of the picture, the screen in A3 is good, but not the best. Comparing it with the current generation of Samsung devices, you can see the difference, in many ways it is described by the difference in resolution. There are no complaints about the brightness, the picture is clear. When automatically adjusting the brightness of the backlight, you can see that it is not always the maximum, it can often seem dim. On the other hand, this level is optimal and provides a fairly long battery life.

Battery

The built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 1900 mAh, which is quite a bit by modern standards. For example, the Galaxy Alpha has a 1860 mAh battery, but the chipset is made using 20 nm technology, although it is more powerful, eight-core. Here the chipset is based on 28 nm technology, but from Qualcomm, and it has less power. As a result, it turns out that it can provide more run time.

Video playback time is about 10.5 hours, which is typical for all devices from Samsung. With real use of the phone, you can achieve two days of confident work with an hour of calls, two dozen messages, a couple of hours of listening to music. With a very heavy load, the device will work for only one day, but for example, with the same load, the S5 will sit down at about one in the afternoon. The use of an optimized chipset makes itself felt, this is a new generation device in terms of improved runtime. Although it all depends on what and how you use it, how you set up all the parameters.

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Full charge time for the battery is just under two hours. Fast charging technology, as in Note 4, is not supported here.

Memory, RAM, chipset and performance

Most markets will have a model with LTE support, it is the highest in price and is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset - MSM8916, four A53 64-bit cores, frequency up to 1.2 GHz. This chipset is one of the best in the middle price segment, it is quite productive, while offering good performance for a reasonable price. The amount of RAM is 1 GB, built-in - 16 GB, of which about 12 GB is available to the user. Memory cards are supported up to 64 GB, which will be enough for most.

In A-series devices, there is an unusual thing in that the simultaneous use of two SIM-cards and a memory card is impossible. In the second slot, either a memory card or a SIM card can be installed, but not both at the same time. Therefore, you will have to choose what is more important for you - you should keep this in mind when you choose a device.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

In synthetic tests, this chipset does not show maximum results, but this does not affect performance in any way, everything works quite well and quickly.

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Of the pluses, I note that the chipset allows you to achieve a long operating time from a single charge, unlike the previous generation models.

Communications

Everything is quite typical, USB version 2, there is support for NFC, Ant +, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the built-in LTE modem supports LTE Advanced Cat.4.

Camera

The front camera does not have autofocus, but it has a resolution of 5 megapixels, which is not bad.

The main camera is 8-megapixel, it is similar in characteristics to the cameras that were in the flagships a couple of years ago, it gives a good picture quality, as you can see for yourself.

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Software

The device has the latest version of Android 4.4.4 with TouchWiz shell, it is also the latest version, as on the company's flagships. There are almost no differences from the same S5, so I refer you to the relevant part of the review.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

В отличие от топовых моделей, здесь есть встроенное FM-радио, что выглядит приятным бонусом.

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Но в телефоне отсутствуют ставшие привычными по старшим моделям приложения, например, нет S Health, которое учитывает ваши шаги, а также физическую активность. В комплекте почти нет приложений, которые компания дарит со старшими аппаратами, или подписок на сервисы (тот же Dropbox в комплекте отсутствует). Достаточно скромный набор приложений, что на фоне флагманов объяснимо, но непонятно, почему нет, например, детского режима или тому подобных вещей. Выглядит так, словно А-серия существует как-то отдельно от основного костяка моделей Samsung. Для кого-то это может стать серьезным ограничением, поэтому о нем лучше знать заранее. В остальном это типичный аппарат от Samsung, в котором немного переработан TouchWiz, так как экран не позволяет реализовать все фишки – из неприятного отмечу отсутствие иконок быстрого запуска в шторке, к которым многие привыкли.

Темы оформления меняют не только обои, но и иконки в меню.

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Впечатления

Громкий и чистый звонок, все довольно типично для аппаратов от Samsung. Качество передачи речи отличное, нет никаких проблем, громкости динамика во время разговора хватает, расположение микрофонов гарантирует, что вас услышат даже на шумной улице.

Модель А3 появится в России по 16 990 рублей (цена предварительная, но вряд ли она будет выше) в конце ноября.Given that the cost of the Galaxy Alpha, which has a similar size, is about 25 thousand rubles, a significant difference in cost is obtained. Another thing is that the A3 has a worse screen, its resolution is lower, the main camera is also inferior - but the device wins both in terms of operating time, the presence of two SIM cards, and the presence of a completely metal case. Probably, it is worth starting from how you plan to use the phone. If you need a smartphone for calls that is not cheap, made of quality materials, then this device should be considered as an alternative to the iPhone 4s 8 GB, iPhone 5c/s. With comparable screens, the A3 has a better case, it is thinner and feels noticeably better in the hand. The price of 17 thousand rubles favorably distinguishes it from the same iPhone 5 of all options, there is a clear benefit with similar characteristics.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F)

Given that the A5 will cost about 23,000 rubles, the older model plays in a completely different class. The same chipset, but 2 GB of RAM, exactly the same chassis, 5-inch HD screen - but most importantly, still a one-handed model, but with completely different impressions of using it. This is not an iPhone form factor at all, but rather the familiar Galaxy S5 / S4. Therefore, I would not consider this device as a replacement for the iPhone.

There are many Android smartphones on the market that can be considered cheaper versions of the Samsung A3 and often more functional. But they are in plastic cases, they lack the very premium that many have asked for. Did you ask? Receive and sign - the difference in price is easily described by the quality of the case and its execution. Something tells me that now the same people who complained about plastic will start a mournful song that metal is expensive and better cheaper, but in plastic cases. Mourners are an inescapable part of the market, they mourn every product regardless of its actual characteristics.

We can expect the A3 to sell noticeably better than the Galaxy Alpha, primarily due to its lower price. It is unlikely that this device will become a bestseller, this is a fashion device, in which technical characteristics play a secondary role. It is unlikely that the A3 will be a real competitor to the iPhone 5, but it is quite possible that it will bite off some piece of the market. Nice model that has the right to exist. If it cost about 15,000 rubles, and then it would become a bestseller, at the current price it will be noticeable, but not a key device.

Samsung A3 (SM-A300F) review

In 2014, the decline in sales of Samsung smartphones in the middle segment became noticeable, one of the main reasons was the very average characteristics compared to Chinese manufacturers, which made Samsung devices not very attractive with the same case materials and comparable chipsets. The company's strategy for 2015 has been completely revised, in particular, a large number of models will be abandoned, each price segment will present its own "heroes", devices with an optimal price / quality ratio. It would be a mistake to assume that the A-series was the result of a change in course, these are one of the last devices that were developed within the framework of the old strategy. The fact that today they are trying to squeeze them into a new positioning and show a change in course is quite logical and understandable, but this should not confuse us - the A series models appeared as a response to inexpensive iPhones, those models that came out a couple of years ago, but are sold as the most available iPhones.No other competitors were considered for this line, and therefore no emphasis was placed on performance across the entire market. Also, a very accurate characteristic of all devices created to fight Apple is the use of nanoSIM cards, they are not used in mass devices, but are used only in those devices that must compete directly with the iPhone. Recently, Samsung has released one such device - Samsung Alpha, it was the first device with a metal frame around the body. It was not intended for the mass segment and was considered quite niche in the company.

Unexpectedly, it turned out that this device has become massive and in demand on the market. I will specifically make a reservation that within the framework of my niche. It remains a mystery to me why many people saw in it a design that differs from other Samsung devices, although of all the differences, only the metal frame around the case can be mentioned - outwardly it is a typical Samsung, it is extremely difficult to find differences.

In the A-series, the company will present three devices, two of them have already been announced, these are A3 and A5, A7 remained outside the first announcement. The difference between these models is that inside the filling is somewhat different, but the main difference is the screen size, in A3 it is 4.5 inches, in A5 it is 5 inches, in A7 it will be 5.5 inches. At the same time, the case design of all devices is absolutely the same, as is the design, due to this they are combined into a series.

It seems very far-fetched to me that such products can pull iPhone buyers or do it in bulk, after all, Apple managed to create a separate piece of the market that does not accept substitute products, this is not a story about the same or better characteristics, similar design etc. The choice of iPhone is often irrational, it is the choice of the brand. And the creation of direct competitors for this product, as a rule, does not lead to sensible results. Another thing is that the A-series turned out to be quite interesting in terms of design, materials, but by no means cost and characteristics - this is a sort of iPhone for the Android market. And here many questions arise, since the cost of such solutions is quite high.

The positioning of the A-series can be described as simple smartphones with the latest version of Android for those who are looking for good case materials, but not maximum performance. Devices for one-handed operation, in many ways similar in positioning to conventional iPhones. Let's figure out together what is sensible in them, as well as what disadvantages are present.

Design, dimensions, controls

For a long time, buyers have assumed that a metal case is a premium material and they are willing to pay extra money for it. In many respects, the fashion for metal cases was introduced by the iPhone, but the same Samsung already had experience in the production of such devices, and real sales showed that the metal in the design is not decisive when choosing a phone. Moreover, in the presence of the same models with comparable characteristics, the one with a metal case was bought much worse. All this forced not to go on experiments and not to produce such devices. However, in 2014, an increasing number of companies began to use metal in the construction of their devices, in particular, the frames around the case became metal (aluminum or stainless steel), and at that moment Samsung's lag became critical, since it was no longer one model, but many of those that are present in the Android smartphone market.

Samsung believes, and quite rightly, that the presence of a collapsible case is an advantage for the consumer - he can independently change the battery, comfortably install a SIM card. At the same time, a certain part of buyers is ready to sacrifice these advantages in order to get an all-metal case, and it is for such people that the A-series was released.

Compared to Samsung A5

The metal frame goes around the body, everything here is similar to Samsung Alpha or Note 4, the edges are exactly the same, they play in the light the same way. But the entire back panel is also made of metal, although it is painted over in the color of the case. It has several recesses for antennas, but they are not visible due to uniform shading. This is a conscious decision, since the same iPhone uses either a plastic insert (as on the iPhone 6) or an insert on the back panel, as in the iPhone 5/5s, which is knocked out of the design of the device. Samsung considered that the appearance of the device should be unified, and achieved this with this approach.

Color schemes for A3 are quite diverse - initially the devices appear in white, black, blue, golden and pink colors, later other options may appear. The white color has a pearly tint, it is not matte, it plays well in the light. Attempting to intentionally scratch it shows that scratches appear, but they are not visible unless you look closely.

The fact that Samsung decided to paint the sides of the device in the color of the body, not leave them entirely metal, has already caused idle fiction for Note 4, some people “saw” that it was plastic covered with foil, considered a 3.5 mm jack, in which also saw plastic. As in Note 4, and in the entire A-series, this is an all-metal frame a few millimeters thick. There is no plastic here, the A3 also has a metal back, and it is quite durable and massive. The device will easily survive the fall, but I have not tried it for such a fashionable bend - with effort, any metal device can be bent, the only question is what kind of effort it will be. In A3, you have to try very hard to bend the device.

What is the point of making the phone case in the color of metal and showing it, I do not understand. On the streets, I have never met cars with metal bodies that were not covered with paint. Why this is required from the phone remains a mystery to me, especially since all metal phone cases are painted in one way or another, usually it is metal-like painting. It sounds funny, but the metal is painted to look like metal so that you have the appropriate impression. Samsung's approach to the A-series is quite understandable, the phones look very nice on the outside, and feel the same in the hands.

I'll start with a simple one - by squeezing the phone in your hands, you will not be able to achieve any crunch or any backlash. Nothing. The assembly, as usual, is on top, and there is nothing to complain about. The dimensions of the phone are 130.1x65.5x6.9 mm, and the weight is 110 grams. Very compact, fits well in the hand.

The controls are traditionally located, the volume rocker is on the left side, and the on/off button is on the right side. There are also two slots for nanoSIM cards, in one slot there is also a combined holder for a microSD card. The device has two microphones, they are located at the ends. At the bottom there is a regular microUSB connector, as well as a 3.5 mm jack for a headset or headphones.

The front camera is located above the screen, there is also a light sensor, as well as proximity. Under the screen there are two touch and one mechanical button.

Display

The A3's weakest point is its 4.5-inch screen with qHD resolution, that is, 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Just because it's SuperAMOLED, which supports the maximum power saving mode, doesn't eliminate the issue of such a small display resolution. The only explanation I see is that the resolution of the 3.5-inch iPhone 4/4s screen is 640x960 pixels, and this model is tipped to compete with this device, with a number of reservations. The iPhone 4S 8 GB is still present and actively sold on the market https://cars45.com/listing/kia/carens/2009, and the device from Samsung is its competitor.

The weakest point of the A3 is the screen - 4.5 inches with qHD resolution, that is 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Just because it's SuperAMOLED, which supports the maximum power saving mode, doesn't eliminate the issue of such a small display resolution. The only explanation I see is that the resolution of the 3.5-inch iPhone 4/4s screen is 640x960 pixels, and this model is tipped to compete with this device, with a number of reservations. The market is still present and actively sold https://cars45.com/listing/kia/carens/2009 https://cars45.com/listing/kia/carens/2009 iPhone 4S 8 GB, and the device from Samsung is its competitor.

Of course, in a modern phone of this price level, I would like to see at least an HD screen. The fact that the A3 uses a qHD-matrix, albeit SuperAMOLED, seems to me a mistake. On the other hand, for an ordinary consumer who uses the phone to make calls, the Internet from time to time, and this permission is quite enough, the example of the iPhone proves this well. For more advanced users, this will obviously not be enough.

In terms of color reproduction, the quality of the picture, the screen in A3 is good, but not the best. Comparing it with the current generation of Samsung devices, you can see the difference, in many ways it is described by the difference in resolution. There are no complaints about the brightness, the picture is clear. When automatically adjusting the brightness of the backlight, you can see that it is not always the maximum, it can often seem dim. On the other hand, this level is optimal and provides a fairly long battery life.

Battery

The built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 1900 mAh, which is quite a bit by modern standards. For example, the Galaxy Alpha has a 1860 mAh battery, but the chipset is made using 20 nm technology, although it is more powerful, eight-core. Here the chipset is based on 28 nm technology, but from Qualcomm, and it has less power. As a result, it turns out that it can provide more run time.

Video playback time is about 10.5 hours, which is typical for all devices from Samsung. With real use of the phone, you can achieve two days of confident work with an hour of calls, two dozen messages, a couple of hours of listening to music. With a very heavy load, the device will work for only one day, but for example, with the same load, the S5 will sit down at about one in the afternoon. The use of an optimized chipset makes itself felt, this is a new generation device in terms of improved runtime. Although it all depends on what and how you use it, how you set up all the parameters.

Full battery charging time is just under two hours. Fast charging technology, as in Note 4, is not supported here.

Memory, RAM, chipset and performance

Most markets will have a model with LTE support, it is the highest in price and is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset - MSM8916, four A53 64-bit cores, frequency up to 1.2 GHz. This chipset is one of the best in the middle price segment, it is quite productive, while offering good performance for a reasonable price. The amount of RAM is 1 GB, the built-in memory is 16 GB, of which about 12 GB is available to the user. Memory cards are supported up to 64 GB, which will be enough for most.

In A-series devices, there is an unusual thing in that the simultaneous use of two SIM-cards and a memory card is impossible. In the second slot, either a memory card or a SIM card can be installed, but not both at the same time. Therefore, you will have to choose what is more important for you - you should keep this in mind when you choose a device.

In synthetic tests, this chipset does not show maximum results, but this does not affect performance in any way, everything works quite well and quickly.

Of the pluses, I note that the chipset allows you to achieve a long operating time from a single charge, unlike the previous generation models.

Communications

Everything is quite typical, USB version 2, there is support for NFC, Ant +, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the built-in LTE modem supports LTE Advanced Cat.4.

Camera

The front camera does not have autofocus, but it has a resolution of 5 megapixels, which is not bad.

The main camera is 8-megapixel, it is similar in characteristics to the cameras that were in the flagships a couple of years ago, it produces good picture quality, as you can see for yourself.

Software

The device has the latest version of Android 4.4.4 with TouchWiz shell, it is also the latest version, as on the company's flagships. There are almost no differences from the same S5, so I refer you to the relevant part of the review.

Unlike top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

But the phone lacks the apps that have become familiar to older models, for example, there is no S Health, which takes into account your steps, as well as physical activity. The kit contains almost no applications that the company gives with older devices, or subscriptions to services (the same Dropbox is not included in the kit). A fairly modest set of applications, which is understandable against the background of flagships, but it is not clear why there is, for example, a children's mode or the like. It looks as if the A-series exists somehow separately from the main backbone of Samsung models. For some, this can become a serious limitation, so it is better to know about it in advance. Otherwise, this is a typical device from Samsung, in which TouchWiz is slightly redesigned, since the screen does not allow you to implement all the chips - from the unpleasant, I note the absence of quick launch icons in the curtain, which many are used to.

Design themes change not only the wallpaper, but also the icons in the menu.

You can see the remaining screenshots from the various menus.

Impressions

Loud and clear ringing, everything is quite typical for Samsung devices. The voice quality is excellent, there are no problems, the volume of the speaker during a call is enough, the location of the microphones ensures that you will be heard even on a noisy street.

The A3 model will appear in Russia at 16,990 rubles (the price is preliminary, but it is unlikely to be higher) at the end of November. Given that the cost of the Galaxy Alpha, which has a similar size, is about 25 thousand rubles, a significant difference in cost is obtained. Another thing is that the A3 has a worse screen, its resolution is lower, the main camera is also inferior - but the device wins both in terms of operating time, the presence of two SIM cards, and the presence of a completely metal case. Probably, it is worth starting from how you plan to use the phone. If you need a smartphone for calls that is not cheap, made of quality materials, then this device should be considered as an alternative to the iPhone 4s 8 GB, iPhone 5c/s. With comparable screens, the A3 has a better case, it is thinner and feels noticeably better in the hand. The price of 17 thousand rubles favorably distinguishes it from the same iPhone 5 of all options, there is a clear benefit with similar characteristics.

Given that the A5 will cost about 23,000 rubles, the older model plays in a completely different class. The same chipset, but 2 GB of RAM, exactly the same chassis, 5-inch HD screen - but most importantly, still a one-handed model, but with completely different impressions of using it. This is not an iPhone form factor at all, but rather the familiar Galaxy S5 / S4. Therefore, I would not consider this device as a replacement for the iPhone.

There are many Android smartphones on the market that can be considered cheaper versions of the Samsung A3 and often more functional. But they are in plastic cases, they lack the very premium that many have asked for. Did you ask? Receive and sign - the difference in price is easily described by the quality of the case and its execution. Something tells me that now the same people who complained about plastic will start a mournful song that metal is expensive and better cheaper, but in plastic cases. Mourners are an inescapable part of the market, they mourn every product regardless of its actual characteristics.