Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 3 Technical Specifications

Body

  • Size: 5.62 x 2.76 x 0.35 inches
  • Screen: 5.0 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (~68.9% screen-to-body ratio display), 16:9 ratio (720 x 1280 resolution ~294 ppi density)
  • Build: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame

The Galaxy Express Prime 3 doesn’t outshine in terms of design or specs, but it’s not an ugly smartphone either. With a matte body and a bright display, you’d think this smartphone is a mid-tier device. However, the thick bezels on the top and bottom are a clear sign the Galaxy Express Prime 3 is outdated.

Nonetheless, the display offers clear and vivid colors. The positioning of the speaker is also perfect to hold the smartphone in landscape mode and still have a clear sound.

A couple of downsides we’ve noticed in our Galaxy Express Prime 3 review is the lack of ambient light sensor and those thick bezels.

Platform & Memory

  • Processor: Exynos 7570 Quad (14 nm), 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo

Onto the performance specifications, we look at the aged Quad-core Exynos 7570 (1.4 GHz), the underwhelming 2 RAM, and the tiny 16 GB internal storage. It’s clear the Galaxy Express Prime 3 is a basic budget smartphone that can run apps and some casual games.

However, expect to see longer loading times when opening apps or games, and do not even think of having more than an app opened in the background. The lag is real on this smartphone, but for a casual user, it won’t be too annoying.

The OS is also a bit updated, considering this is a 2020 review of a 2018 smartphone. Back then, an Android 8.0.0 Oreo would have been a great feature, but now a budget smartphone should come with at least Android 9, and probably Android 10 in the coming months. Nonetheless, this means a higher price as well.

Cameras

In terms of camera, the Galaxy Express Prime 3 is again disappointing. The primary 8 MP camera doesn’t come with optical image stabilization, HDR mode means you need to keep the phone still for a longer time, and the results are not as good as we’d want them to be. In daylight, the photos are much better compared to low light conditions, but the lack of dynamic range is noticeable.

Most of the photos you take with the Galaxy Express Prime 3 will be filled with noise, and the selfie camera is even worse.

The bright side of the cameras on the Galaxy Express Prime 3 is that you get the shooting modes HDR, pro, panorama, night, and sports, and for the selfie camera, you get beauty filters and a wide mode.

Other Features

  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
  • Network and communications: GSM/HSPA/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2,
  • Other features: FM radio, micro USB 2.0, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Here are two features that would certainly convince you to give the Galaxy Express Prime 3 a chance. The battery life is great on this smartphone – if you use it casually, it can last up to two full days after only one charge. You get 5 hours of screen time with one charge and probably a lot longer if you adjust the brightness to the minimum and set the phone on airplane mode.

We also like the 3.5mm Headphone Jack, which has already been discontinued by many phone makers in the past few years.

Like most budget phones from 2018, the Galaxy Express Prime 3 doesn’t come with a fingerprint and it comes with the outdated micro USB instead of the USB-C.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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