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Samsung Galaxy A03s comes to Nepal: A fair bargain yet not the best choice in the budget range

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Samsung Galaxy A03s is the latest release of Samsung in Nepal as the company has been launching varieties of smartphones in different categories. It recently launched its premium smartphones, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. Samsung really has been targeting every segment as much as possible as not long ago, it also launched Galaxy A22 and Galaxy M32 as its mid-range smartphones. This shows how ambitious the company is.

Now, it has launched a budget phone Samsung A03s in the market. The phone might look lacking for many users, but given the price it comes at, it seems a fair deal. Nonetheless, there are a few better competitors in the market, keeping Samsung in a challenging position.

Let’s get into to see what Samsung A03s is offering to the people.

Specifications

DimensionsHeight: 164.20mm
Width: 75.90mm
Thickness: 9.10mm
Weight: 196 grams
RAM3/4GB
Storage32/64GB
Display6.5 inches
Resolution720*1600 pixels
CameraFront: 5MP,f/2.2
Rear: 13MP, f/2.20 (wide)             
2MP, f/2.240 (macro)             
2MP, f/2.240 (depth)
Operating systemAndroid 11, One UI 3.1
ChipsetMediatek Helio P35
GPUPowerVR GE8320
ConnectivityWifi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type C 2.0
BatteryLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable 15W fast charging
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity
ColoursBlack, blue, white

Design and display

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Samsung A03s is a regular-sized smartphone that weighs around 196 grams and is 9.1 mm thick. The design of the phone is not something you can brag about, but it is good enough for the price range it comes in.

On the back, the phone has a rectangular camera module that contains three cameras and an LED flash. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.

This phone comes with a 6.5-inch PLS LCD display with a resolution of 720*1,600 pixels which is fine for its price. There is a waterdrop notch at the top that encloses a front-facing camera.

Camera

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Samsung A03s packs a triple camera setup on the rear. The primary is a 13MP wide-angle camera which is accompanied by a 2MP macro and another 2MP depth sensor. These cameras are housed together with an LED flash. The camera can record videos in 1080p.

The front-facing is a 5MP camera. The cameras do not have an image stabilisation feature, but there is an autofocus mode.

Performance and battery life

Samsung A03s runs on Android 11 with Samsung’s own One UI 3.1 core on top and is powered by MediaTek Helio P35 chipset. The graphics of the phone are handled by PowerVR GE8320.

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Giving the power to this phone is a 5000mAh non-removable Li-Po battery that supports a 15W fast charging. Since very high performance cannot be expected from a budget range phone, the battery backup should be very handy if you are attending an online class or binge-watching.

Storage and connectivity

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Samsung A03s comes in two variants. You can choose between 3GB of RAM memory with 32GB of internal memory and 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. The user has the option to extend the memory with a microSDXC card and there is a dedicated slot for the card.

For connectivity, the phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB Type-C 2.0. The phone also has a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone also has a dual-sim slot and can support a 4G network.

The price of Samsung A03s in Nepal is Rs 15,499 for the 3/32GB variant and Rs 16,999 for the 4/64GB variant.

Verdict

You cannot expect high-end performance or gaming on this phone. There are phones like Redmi 9 Power, Redmi 9, and Samsung’s own Galaxy M12 which provide better specifications at a little bit higher price.

The design remains almost the same in all budget Samsung smartphones and this is no exception. The camera quality is subpar, but given the price of the phone, it is a fair deal. Since there is a budget-ranged processor on the phone, you cannot expect good gaming.

Similarly, there is also no FHD display on the phone and the users have to be limited to HD+ only. This is where Samsung falls behind Mi. Most of the Mi budget smartphones supports an FHD display and also provide better performance.

Meanwhile, check the updated price of Samsung and Mi smartphones in Nepal.

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