Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition)

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition)

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition)
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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition)

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Samsung Galaxy A3 SIM Free & Unlocked (2017 Model) Prices 

The new 2017 Galaxy A series is designed for the smart business user. Stylish, affordable and secure, Galaxy A handsets are powerful tools that also offer modern consumer features.

Samsung Knox, fingerprint sensors and Android Pay enabled NFC chips round off a comfortable, utilitarian design with long-lasting battery life and IP68 water-resistance.

Reasons to buy the Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition)

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 4.7" 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED screen
  • 13 MP camera with f/1.9 aperture & 8 MP Selfie camera
  • 1.6 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB RAM
  • Fingerprint Sensor & NFC
  • Samsung Knox security
  • USB Type-C data & charging connector
  • IP68 water resistance
  • 16 GB storage/micro SD support

Box contents

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition) UK / SIM Free
  • Samsung mains charger 
  • USB Type-C cable


Following several years of strong sales, Samsung can arguably be regarded as the most successful manufacturer of Android phones.

They have devices at every price point with myriad options and features. The new Galaxy A series for 2017 is an excellent mid-range handset that combines modern design and security with an affordable price tag. 

With Samsung Knox security, NFC for contactless payments and a fingerprint sensor for locking down access and apps, the Galaxy A3 is a versatile and capable tool for business users and consumers alike. 


Samsung now has a serious pedigree in manufacturing smartphones. The Galaxy S and Note series have been highly praised for a number of years.

This, of course, filters down over time and the Galaxy A (2017) models look just as stylish as any iPhone or other top-tier handsets. 

The edges of the phone are developed from a milled metallic material which remains lightweight and curves in the hand.

Both front and rear panels utilise Samsung's 3D curved glass. This means that both the inner and outer layers of glass feature a curve, rather than just the external layer in other 2.5D glass phones. 

3D curved glass creates an almost seamless finish where you'll be hard pressed to find any edges. 

Galaxy A3's screen is a very pocketable 4.7 inches; considered by many to be a sweet spot between physical size and comfort. The phone is also available in a range of soft colour finishes. 

On the base of the phone is the new reversible USB Type-C connector - a cable is included!

Finally, the IP68 rating ensures the phone is both dust and water resistant to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes.


High-end cameras are no longer the reserve of the most expensive cameras. 

The Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition) features a powerful 13-megapixel main camera with a huge variety of shooting modes and built-in filters. The front selfie camera also has a fairly high 8-megapixel resolution with face detection options.


Samsung's Super AMOLED screen technology has incredible power efficiency. When the screen goes dark, zero power is drawn despite still being on. This allows for wonderful 'always-on' technology. 

Just lift the phone or glance at it and your choice of notification screen will briefly appear. This can include time and date information, as well as important notifications and calendar events.  

Fingerprint Sensor

Built right into Samsung's easily accessible home button is a high-grade fingerprint sensor. This can register a print and unlock your phone in well under half a second. 

Useful for securing the phone's lock screen, the sensor can also be used to verify access to folders and individual apps, as well as authorising contactless and online payments with Android Pay and Samsung Pay. 

Samsung KNOX

KNOX is an optional element of many new Samsung phones. It offers a highly secure partition on your device with modern encryption. 

If you choose to use KNOX, then any apps, folders, files and other data included in the KNOX partition is completely secure and requires additional measures to access. Samsung's own workflow applications are available, plus a selection of highly tested and curated third-party options. 

The KNOX partition can also be set up and managed through a company MDM system, VPNs and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. This allows companies to lock down the phone quickly and easily without having to pay for expensive management suites.  

Finally, KNOX has a number of secure boot and lockdown options. These ensure the integrity of the Android kernel and bootloaders. Images of these are taken and encrypted. Should they be tampered with, the KNOX system will refuse to boot the phone. 

The leading manufacturer-produced security suite for Android, KNOX is used by businesses and individuals around the world. 

Stock Origin & Compatibility

All our phones are SIM Free & Factory Unlocked, compatible with UK, EU & most global SIM cards, with support for global GSM & 3G networks. For 4G/LTE & 5G support outside of Europe, please check the specifications.

Clove Technology primarily obtains stock from a manufacturer's official UK supply chains. These products will be displayed as a 'UK Model'.

Occasionally Clove source products from the European mainland. These will be marked as an 'EU Model', supplied factory sealed with a 2pin EU mains charger or 'EU Convert', opened to swap to a UK charger and resealed.

EU sourced phones will have a full warranty and are compatible with all UK networks. We do not source any products from Hong Kong or other Asian markets.

Operating System
6.0 (Marshmallow)
Custom Skin
Samsung UI
Exynos 7870 Octa
Octa-Core (4 x 1.6GHz & 4 x 1.6 GHz)
Mali-T830 GPU
Expansion Slot
Micro SD
Capacity (Up to)
256 GB
Internal Storage
16 GB
2 GB
720 x 1280 (~312 ppi)
Gorilla Glass, Always-on display
Rear Camera
13 MP
Lens & Sensor Tech
Flash & Focus
Dual-LED flash
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
Front Camera
8 MP
Lens & Sensor Tech
Flash & Focus
2,450 mAh
Non-removable Li-ion
2G/GSM Bands
850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G/HSPA Bands
850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G/LTE Bands
1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 40(2300)
5G Bands
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
4.2 with A2DP, LE
FM Radio
Power Port
USB Type-C
Data Port
USB Type-C
Audio Port
3.5mm audio jack
Video Out
Yes, wireless via Miracast, Google Home, Samsung Connect
Physical Keyboard
Power, Volume, Home
Fingerprint Sensor
Other Controls
Location Technologies
GPS / GLONASS / Beidou
Built-In Maps
Google Maps
Digital Compass
Light Sensor
134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm
Google Play, Google Services, Samsung Apps, Samsung Knox, Microsoft Office for Mobile
IP68 dust and water resistant to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes