Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Review: Bite-sized: Game Launcher, Performance

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Game launcher

This is your go-to place for play time, you can even cover game shortcuts from the regular app drawer and have them only in the Game launcher. A floating button offers essential features - you can lock the capacitive keys (to prevent accidental presses), mute notifications, start recording a video and there's even an app switcher.





Game launcher • In-game options • The in-game options can be disabled

You can record gameplay and include video of view from the selfie capturing camera if you want to upload to YouTube (you can't livestream, though). You can select lower resolutions and bitrates if you're strapped for storage.






Video recording • Changing video resolution • Camera and mic settings • Recorded videos

The launcher will also haged statistics on what you've played. It clocks individual games as well as genres (e.g. it can disclose if you've played more racing games or more puzzles).



My Diary knows what kind of games you like

This app usually has an option to assist boost the performance of a game by limiting the resolution or save battery by capping the frame rate. These are not available on the Galaxy A3 (2017) - to be fair, the classy screen is already 720p (the lowest resolution option), but we still would have liked the 30fps option.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is powered by an Exynos 7870 Octa chipset. Built on a 14nm process, this chip puts efficiency first and uses eight Cortex-A53 cores (clocked at 1.6GHz) and a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU (that's a dual-core). The chipset is paired with a conservative 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) (hey, it's enough for the iPhone, right?).


The overall performance is nothing stellar, though to be honest there are few phones in this category. The iPhone 7 has one of the fastest mobile chipsets and this mid-range Exynos is no match for it. The Huawei nova and Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime represent an alternative - the Snapdragon 625 (14nm), which is in the same class as the Exynos. The Sony Xperia X Compact uses the Snapdragon 650 instead - a 28nm chip, but with two powerful Cortex-A57 cores and a better GPU.

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AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    76731

  • Huawei nova

    65021

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    62316

  • Sony Xperia XA

    47170

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    45742

  • Oppo F1

    35353

Like AnTuTu, Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 gives the edge to the Huawei nova even though all the tested phones ran Android 6.0 Marshmallow (except for the Oppo F1, which was on 5.1 Lollipop).

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    1738

  • Huawei nova

    1218

  • Sony Xperia XA

    1013

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    999

  • Oppo F1

    961

For multicore performance, the Samsung-made chip impresses as it matches the X Compact. Single core performance is not that great, however, as the Snapdragon 625 has its A53 cores clocked at 2Giga Hertz (GHz) instead.

The non-techy summary is this - well written apps and games have access to plenty of performance (haged in mind the Xperia and nova are priced higher than the Galaxy A3).

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    3363

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    3294

  • Huawei nova

    3105

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    3016

GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    1404

  • Huawei nova

    842

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    819

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    681

The Mali-T830 MP2 is on the low discontinue of GPUs. Here's GFX 3.1 in 1080p offclassy screen mode to show raw performance. Here, the Snapdragon-powered Huawei nova and Redmi 4 Prime show a small advantage, but remember that they have to drive 1080p screens while the A3 has a 720p screen.

GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    5.3

  • Huawei nova

    3.5

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    3.4

  • Sony Xperia XA

    2.5

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    1.9

So let's see at on-classy screen performance instead. The Galaxy A3 (2017) is no champ, but it matches the performance of the Snapdragon 625-based phones. Even the Sony Xperia XA (Helio P10, 720p screen) offers higher frame rates.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    29

  • Sony Xperia XA

    15

  • Oppo F1

    11

  • Huawei nova

    10

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    9.6

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    9.6

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    21

  • Sony Xperia XA

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    7.3

  • Huawei nova

    6.5

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    6.1

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    12

  • Sony Xperia XA

    5.4

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    3.9

  • Huawei nova

    3.7

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    3.4

Baseimprint X confirms that games will have to trim down the graphics quality (even the medium quality test isn't very impressive).

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    15415

  • Huawei nova

    10511

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    10424

  • Sony Xperia XA

    6420

  • Oppo F1

    5314

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    5160

Baseimprint X (medium)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    25970

  • Huawei nova

    21345

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    20921

  • Sony Xperia XA

    14635

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    10792

We have appreciation for 14nm chipsets like the Exynos 7870 Octa and Snapdragon 625. We've reached a point where extra performance is often more of a bragging correct than something you need daily, but they save tons of battery power - and that is something you utilize daily.


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