It’s still 2016, but as per usual, and despite unforeseen trouble with Galaxy Note 7 production, Samsung is already cooking up the next generation of both flagship and non-flagship Android smartphones.
Now, the Korean tech giant isn’t exactly famous for ultra-low-cost handhelds, or above-average diminutive models, but if priced correctly, the upcoming Galaxy A3 (2017) could well give Sony’s Xperia X Compact a proverbial run for the money.
Believed to integrate fingerprint recognition, just like the 2017 editions of the larger, higher-end A7 and A5, the 4.7-incher is also practically guaranteed to offer 720p screen resolution and 2GB RAM, following a pre-release GFXBench visit in no doubt advanced prototype form.
That’s the exact same pixel count as the 2016 variant, and an extra half a gig of random-access memory, with internal storage bizarrely downgraded from 16 to a measly 8GB. Maybe the benchmarking authority is wrong there though, since everything else is either up slightly from last year (as it should), or the same.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow “Samsung Edition” apparently runs the software show, a familiar 13MP camera adorns the mid-ranger’s rear, possibly with OIS on deck this time around, you get a souped-up 8MP selfie shooter, and a mysterious 1.5GHz octa-core CPU likely joining an ARM Mali-T830 GPU in an Exynos 7870 SoC setup. Not too shabby for, say, $250.
Source: GFX Bench