The month of April is already over, but it is not over yet for Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8 users. Those using these mid-range smartphones from Samsung can now have something to smile about as the company has begun pushing this month’s Android security updates.
This news follows the recent revelation that some units of the Galaxy A series were actually spotted running on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Even though this is great news for those using these two units, the patch will only come to those using Samsung Galaxy A8 with model number SM-A800F. Once this update has been installed, the device’s firmware version will be bumped to A800FXXU1APD1.
As far as those using the 2016 Samsung Galaxy A3 are concerned, they will be glad to know that the phone’s firmware will be bumped to XXU1BPC2, bringing along the Android security patch for March. As expected, these updates will also come with some fixes to bugs and errors as well as improvements related to stability.
The unfortunate thing about the current updates to Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8 is that it is only available to those using the phones on Vodafone (Europe). Furthermore, this new update has nothing to do with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow, so don’t get your hopes high.
More about Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8
Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A8 are new phones introduced in 2015. While the former was announced in December, the latter made its appearance earlier in August. Also known as Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos, the phone comes with a huge screen size of 5.7 inches. The technology behind it is Super AMOLED, but the resolution stays at 1080p since the device is a mid-tier phone.
Offering two SIM card slots, the phone is very slim at just 5.9mm and weighs only 151g. Under the hood, it has decent offerings in the shape of an Exynos 5430 for the International version and a Snapdragon 615 for the Asian variant. Both units are powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop and have a decent RAM of 2GB.
You will get 32GB of expandable storage on the Galaxy A8 Duos, together with a 16MP rear sensor with f/1.9 aperture, LED flash, panorama, HDR, autofocus and face detection. The selfie camera has a 5MP sensor with the same aperture. To keep the device going is a decent 3050mAh battery unit.
Samsung Galaxy A3, on the other hand, is a lower-end version of the A8, coming in with a smaller 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 720p resolution. Just like its counterpart, the Galaxy A3 also comes with dual-SIM variant hence the Duos tag in some cases. The phone is thicker than the larger A8 with its 7.3mm, but it’s way lighter thanks to a weight of just 132g.
There are three variants of Samsung Galaxy A3 – one meant for Europe (A310F), another meant for Taiwan (A310Y) and another meant for Latin America (A310M). Samsung made use of two different chipsets for these three models, with some shipping with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 while others pack the company’s Exynos 7578. However, the trio has 16GB of onboard storage as well as 1.5GB of RAM.
On photography, Samsung Galaxy A3 features a 13MP sensor on the rear with an aperture of f/1.9. While features such as autofocus, panorama, LED flash and face detection are present, there is no room for HDR. The front-facing snapper is similar to what you get with the phablet Galaxy A8. To keep the phone in use is a 2300mAh battery unit, which should be enough for non-demanding users.