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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition)

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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) SIM Free/UK

If purchasing for use outside of the EU, you may wish to read the information regarding the international region lock on new Samsung stock - please refer to the end of this description.

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.

SIM Free / Unlocked UK stock

Clove Technology deliver genuine UK specification Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition) handsets from official supply chains. These are provided factory unlocked and ready for use on any European network.

For LTE compatibility outside of Europe, please check the specifications and your local operator.

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

Colour and memory variants

Clove will be providing UK specification Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition).

This is available with 16GB of storage, micro SD support and 3 colour options: Black, Gold and Blue.

Different colour, storage and SIM variants may be available in other global regions.

Box contents

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017 Edition) UK / SIM Free
  • UK 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 have a serious pedigree in manufacturing smartphones. The Galaxy S and Note series have been highly praised for a number of years.

This is 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 makes sure the phone is both fully 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 desite 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 worklflow 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 managament suites.

Finally, KNOX has a number of secure boot and lockdown options. These ensure the integrity of the Android kernel and boot loaders. 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.

*Since September 2013, Samsung have implemented a 'region lock' on all new stock. Clove Technology only have access to models designed for the “European” region, which covers both UK and mainland Europe. The compatible countries are listed below**.

For correct operation, this handset should be activated inside one of these countries with a SIM card issued for use there. The device will then be able to accept SIM cards from outside of these countries.

Activation requires turning the device on for the first time & completing set-up with the SIM installed, then completing at least 5 minutes of voice call(s) with this SIM.

Without activation you may still use the device outside of these countries when 'roaming' - using a SIM card from the listed countries.

If this activation procedure is not followed then the device will lock when first attempted to be used with a SIM card from outside of these regions. Local Samsung support may provide a code to unlock such handsets.

**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.



SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Custom SkinSamsung TouchWiz
  • Speed1.6GHz
  • Dual Core
  • Quad Core
  • Make/ModelSamsung Exynos 7870 Octa Core
  • OtherMali-T830 GPU
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDXC
  • Capacity (Up to)256 GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity16 GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size4.7
  • TypeSuper AMOLED
  • Resolution 720 x 1280 (~312 ppi)
  • OtherGorilla Glass, Always-on display
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps
  • FrequenciesLTE bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 40(2300)
  • SpeedLTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
  • Version4.2
  • FunctionsLE, A2DP
  • Version802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
  • Version
  • DataUSB Type-C
  • PowerUSB Type-C
  • Audio3.5mm jack
  • Video OutYes, wireless via Miracast / Google Home / Samsung Smart View
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware ButtonsPower / Volume / Home Key
  • OtherFingerprint Sensor (integrated in home key)
  • Antenna TypeGPS / GLONASS / Beidou
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels13MP
  • FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
  • Camera Lensf/1.9
  • OtherGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type8 MP, f/1.9
  • G-SensorYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass and GyroYes
  • Light SensorYes
  • FormatsMP3 / WAV / WMA / eAAC / FLAC player
  • Recording
  • FormatsMP4 / WMV / H.265 player
  • Recording
Near Field CommunicationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity2,450 mAh
  • TypeNon-removable Li-Ion
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Dimensions134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm
Weight 135 grams
SoftwareGoogle Play, Google Services, Samsung Apps, Samsung Knox, Microsoft Office for Mobile
OtherIP68 dust and water resistant to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes
Warranty24 months



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