Samsung Galaxy A3 Philippines Price Php 16,990, Specs, Antutu Benchmark Score, Release Date

With official suggested retail price of Php 16,990, Samsung Galaxy A3 is poised to go head to head with affordable yet stellar flagship handsets by Chinese electronics companies like the Xiaomi Mi4 and Mi5, and Meizu MX4 Pro as well as great mid-level to high-end releases by other international players like the O+ Fab Elite 2.0, LG G3 Stylus, and Sony Xperia C3 among others.

And we're not even talking about powerhouse top-of-the-line smartphones by local players including Cherry Mobile Selfie, MyPhone Infinity, and Starmobile Knight X - which all cost less than this model but have similar if not better technical specifications.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Philippines

Still, I'm sure the Korean Giant is confident that the freshly-released Samsung Galaxy A3 has enough drawing power and great selling points to give all of its terrifying competitors a big run for the buck.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Philippines

As I've shared in my SGA5 post, there are three things that make Samsung new Galaxy A-Series really special compared to previous midrange releases by the company. First, they are clad in real metal and are very slim. Second, they have an improved 5 MegaPixel front facing camera for better looking selfies. And finally, they now feature Samsung's SuperAMOLED display, which was previously exclusive to the brand's flagship level handsets and very, very few mid-level models.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Philippines

Of the three A-Series models launched in the Philippines by Samsung Mobile earlier this week, A3 is the smallest and is the most affordable -- and yet, apart from its display and battery size, its specs and features are largely similar to that of the A5. Samsung Galaxy A3 is equipped with a 4.5-inch 540 x 960 pixels qHD SuperAMOLED display, a 13 MegaPixel autofocus main camera with LED flash, Full HD video recorder, Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system with TouchWiz user interface, LTE connectivity support, and a non-removable 1,900 mAh battery pack.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Philippines
Like the more expensive Samsung Galaxy A5, A3 is powered by a Quad Core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset incorporating four ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.2 GHz and an Adreno 306 GPU. This SoC is complemented by 1.5GB of RAM plus 16GB of expandable storage and together, they give this phone an Antutu Benchmark Score in the area of 21,484. (Photos by Mobile Reviews)

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So am I recommending this phone? Well, specs-wise, there obviously many other smartphones that are better than this one that you can purchase for less. (Some are already out in the market and some are just about to be released.) But I guess if you're a big Samsung fan and you're looking for a 'fairly affordable' LTE handset that's not too big and has the three key features I noted about, then by all means, get Samsung Galaxy A3.

Personally, I like that it's LTE enabled, has a CNC-processed aluminum frame, and has a 5 MegaPixel front cam since I love to take selfies. I wish it's a bit more affordable, though -- like, maybe around Php 3,000 cheaper. At Php 13,990, I think Samsung Galaxy A3 could be a hit. But that's just me. Let me know your thoughts about this interesting release, TP Friends.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy A3 Philippines
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm
Weight 110.3 grams
Available Colors Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue, Pearl White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI
Display 4.5 inches (~245 ppi pixel density), 540 x 960 pixels, qHD, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A53 CPU, Adreno 306 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB
Camera Main: 8 MegaPixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera (TBC), HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, WMV, H.264, MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 4G LTE Cat4 (150/50Mbps), 3G HSPA+ 42.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, NFC
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE (TBD)
SIM Card Type Single nanoSIM
Battery Non-removable 1,900 mAh Li-Ion battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Ultra Power Saving Mode, Changeable Theme (Natural, Classic, Casual, Romantic), Ultra-Thin Design, Metal Frame, TouchWiz Interface
Announcement Global: October 2014
Availability January 8, 2015
Price Official: Php 16,990