Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition)

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

Overview

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. 

Design

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.

Camera

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.

Quickview

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.

Samsung Pay

If you order an EU Model or Convert then you may find that Samsung Pay is unavailable, even if it is supported in your country.

This is because Samsung restricts the use of Samsung Pay so that it only works with banks registered in the same country as the phone's origin.

The origin country is recorded in the phone's firmware and cannot be adjusted by end users. At this time we are unable to advertise the exact origin country of EU Models prior to sale.

If you require the use of Samsung Pay in the UK, we would recommend avoiding an EU Model or Convert, although if Google Pay is available and acceptable to you, this will be available to download and unaffected.

Samsung Region Lock

Samsung implements a 'region lock' on all new smartphones. This restricts use of SIM cards to the original region their phones are intended to be sold in.

Clove Technology sells Samsung phones intended for the “European” region, which covers the UK, mainland Europe and some other select territories. The full list is below.

If you are ordering for delivery to a destination outside of this list, we will need to activate the phone prior to shipping, so that you can use a local SIM card.

To activate the phone, we must turn it on, complete set-up with a European SIM installed, then make at least 5 minutes of continuous voice call with this SIM.

Without activation, you can only use the device outside of the listed countries if 'roaming' with a SIM card from the intended sales region.

If this activation procedure is not followed then the device will lock if you attempt to use a SIM card from outside of these regions.

COUNTRY LIST: **All member states of the E.E.A and the following additional territories: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.

IF YOUR CHOSEN DELIVERY COUNTY IS NOT LISTED, CLOVE TECHNOLOGY WILL BREAK THE SEAL ON THIS DEVICE AND ACTIVATE IT. YOU MUST AGREE TO THIS PROCEDURE IN THE CHECKOUT BEFORE THE SALE WILL COMPLETE.

Operating System
Android
Version
6.0 (Marshmallow)
Custom Skin
Samsung UI
Processor
Exynos 7870 Octa
Speed
Octa-Core (4 x 1.6GHz & 4 x 1.6 GHz)
GPU
Mali-T830 GPU
Expansion Slot
Yes
Type
Micro SD
Capacity (Up to)
256 GB
Internal Storage
16 GB
RAM
2 GB
Display
4.7"
Type
Super AMOLED
Resolution
720 x 1280 (~312 ppi)
Other
Gorilla Glass, Always-on display
Rear Camera
13 MP
Lens & Sensor Tech
f/1.9
Flash & Focus
Dual-LED flash
Other
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
Front Camera
8 MP
Lens & Sensor Tech
f/1.9
Flash & Focus
Autofocus
Other
Battery
2,450 mAh
Type
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
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth
4.2 with A2DP, LE
NFC
Yes
FM Radio
Yes
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
No
Trackpad
No
Buttons
Power, Volume, Home
Fingerprint Sensor
Front-mounted
Other Controls
Location Technologies
GPS / GLONASS / Beidou
Built-In Maps
Google Maps
Accelerometer
Yes
Digital Compass
Yes
Gyro
Yes
Light Sensor
Yes
Dimensions
134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm
Weight
135g
Software
Google Play, Google Services, Samsung Apps, Samsung Knox, Microsoft Office for Mobile
Other
IP68 dust and water resistant to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes