As an electronics giant, Samsung has separated its markets, catering to every possible niche in hopes of continuing to cash in on its offerings.
Among the latest it has introduced in the Philippine market is the Samsung Galaxy AOS3s, considered an entry level among its offerings in the highly saturated mobile phone market.
Screen: 6.5-inch HD+ PLS LCD (720 x 1600 pixels, 270 ppi) with 20:9 aspect ratio and notch
Operating system: Android 11 with One UI 3.1 core; chipset: MediaTek Helio P35
central processing unit: Octa Core processor/4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.35 GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8 GHz
graphics processing unit: PowerVR GE8320
Front camera: 5 megapixels (f/2.2 aperture)
Rear (main): 13MP main camera (f/2.2 aperture, autofocus)
` (Other): 2MP Macro (f/2.4 aperture) 2MP Depth Sensor
Video recording up to 1080p
Storage: 64 GB (expandable up to 1000 GB via MicroSD)
SIM: Dual (nano); Networks: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G Edge, GPRS; Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: 5.0; Positioning: GPS with A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou
USB-OTG: Yes; USB port:C-type; audio jack: 3.5mm; FM radio:Yes
Biometric sensor: Fingerprint (side); Sensors: Compass, ambient light, proximity, accelerometer
Drums: 5000mAh Li-Po (10W charge rate, non-removable); Equipment: Glass front with plastic back
Dimensions: 164.2 x 75.9 x 9.1 (in mm); Weight: 196g; Colors: Black, White, Blue
To throw: September 1, 2021; Official price: P5,900
After using the device for a month, what immediately stood out was its battery and even for a heavy user, it can last longer than those of high end phones. For a moderate user, it can even last two days. The downside is that because it has a larger capacity, the charging time is longer which reaches around two hours. It is also a bit heavier than other older models due to its wider body.
Display and add-on: Its color saturation and touch response are not comparable to other high-end devices for obvious reasons. Another strange thing is that his fingerprint reader is located on the right edge of his body, which makes it less easy than when under or on the body. For someone who is used to unlocking the device with a fingerprint, it’s still not a walk in the park because after five tries the phone has to be unlocked using other means like number keys .
Camera: For an affordable device like the A03s, while it doesn’t compare to photos taken with its high-end siblings, it does have an average performance based on metrics like lighting and even flash as well as the photos taken, although, perhaps because of the lens, there are unwanted colors on the edges. Video capture, however, is poor due to the lack of both 4K mode and stabilizer.
Connectivity: Its connectivity is understandably weaker as it only has basic Bluetooth and basic wireless fidelity, not the faster fifth-gen wireless connectivity. Its mobile data is, at least, fourth generation in terms of connectivity.
Sound: A basic sound component that is missing in AO3s is the base, while other sounds, especially those in the middle of the spectrum, are not of good quality. One thing that works in its favor is the high tone which is even comparable to the older S-series version.
Overall performance: A disclosure. Only the basic apps are downloaded, but even then opening those apps is just average. It also doesn’t allow the always-on status because it “falls asleep” as quickly as five seconds after the last keystroke. However, just like the other versions, it is also powered by Knox technology for security.
Conclusion: Considering all the pros and cons and the price, it’s still a good buy for those who want an affordable device.
Editor at Mindanao Times