Recently, Samsung released an entry-level smartphone – the Galaxy A03. This phone is a fairly simple one – as you can see that the box itself is also very simple – but at the price of RM469, what does it have to offer? Let’s find out.
I wanna talk a little about the wonderous naming scheme that Samsung has. This phone is in the Galaxy A series of phones and it is at tier 0, which means it’s an entry-level phone, and it’s the 3rd generation of the tier 0 phone, hence Galaxy A03.
The overall design of this phone is fairly simple, I’ll say. It has something that looks and feels like cloth texture and it’s very nice to touch and hold too, thanks to the curves at the sides from the back.
The Galaxy A03 is also available in 2 more different colors – the classic black color, blue, and this red color.
Personally, I love this red color. It suits the cloth texture very well and it just looks amazing. And that camera cutout also blends in with the whole aesthetic very well, too.
Speaking of the cameras, the Galaxy A03 comes with a total of two cameras but one of them is a depth sensor so I’ll consider that only one camera is usable.
I don’t expect much from that camera on this phone but I’m okay with the pictures it took. To have a look at all the pictures taken with the Galaxy A03, watch our video at the top of this review.
But what about the screen? The Samsung Galaxy A03 comes with a 6.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1600×720. On Samsung’s website, it’s listed to have a “PLS TFT LCD” screen. It’s actually very similar to an IPS LCD screen as it has good viewing angles unlike TN panels.
While PLS LCD screens look okay, the colors aren’t as vivid as some of the other screens I’ve used. Not that I’m complaining because this is indeed an entry-level phone.
As for the performance of this phone… Let’s just be real here – this is an entry-level phone. It uses the Unisoc Tiger T606 chipset which is sufficient for basic day-to-day tasks but definitely not meant for any sort of gaming.
Also, our unit of the Galaxy A03 here has 4GB RAM, which is the higher-end variant.
And that ties in to the battery life of this phone. This phone has a 5,000mAh battery. Combined with the low-powered Unisoc Tiger T606 chipset, we got 21 hours in our battery life test. That’s insane!
And the charging time is even more insane! This phone comes with a 7.8W charger out of the box. I don’t know where this 7.8W came from but here it is. It took us nearly 3 hours to charge this phone all the way up to 100% battery. That’s… insane.
And what’s even more insane is Samsung’s usage of a micro USB port in the year 2022. Seriously, why are we still seeing phones with micro USB ports? It should be USB-C!
Software – Samsung One UI 3.1 Core
Anyway, on the bright side, Samsung included One UI Core version 3.1 in the Galaxy A03. It’s a stripped-down version of the usual One UI since it doesn’t have Samsung Pay (obviously, since it doesn’t have NFC) but it still has Edge Panel, which is one of my favorite features in Samsung’s One UI.
Other than that, the layout and overall user interface remain the same as the usual One UI. That’s great.
Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy A03?
So, for the price of starting price of RM439, this is indeed a very capable phone. However, the RM469 variant only comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage – which I think is just way too little even though this phone has a microSD card slot.
There is another variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage but it is priced at RM549. Still, I think for the price of RM549, it’s a decent price.
To summarize the pricing:
- 3GB RAM + 32GB storage @ RM469
- 4GB RAM + 64GB storage @ RM549