Review: XTOUCH A3

[wpsm_highlight color=”blue”]Price: AED 399[/wpsm_highlight]

XTOUCH is probably not the first brand that comes to mind when you think of a smartphone. But the company has been bringing out quality smartphones at affordable price tags for quite sometime now, though they may not be performance powershouses. One such smartphone is the company’s A3 smartphone, which though is individually priced at AED 399, the company is offering a special bundle for AED 599 which also comes with the XTOUCH VFit smartband.

The XTOUCH A3 smartphone is a 4G LTE smartphone that features a fingerprint sensor technology. The phone is available in three colour options – champagne gold, rose gold and space grey. The phone comes packed in a neat box – upon opening it up, you will fine the phone, a cover-case, a screen protector and a pair of earphones. You also get a SIM removal tool, wall adapter, microUSB cable and a few instruction booklets.

Looking at the XTOUCH A3 you cannot believe that this lightweight and slim smartphone is available for a price tag of AED 599 along with the VFit smartband. The overall construction of the device is quite good and so is the design and finish. While many vendors offer entry-level priced smartphones, the overall build quality might take a hit, with majority coming in plastic housings. The XTOUCH A3’s body however features a metallic construction.

The XTOUCH A3 also comes with a 5-inch HD display and support for dual SIM slots, which have now become a sort of norm. On the front, on top of the display, you will find a 5-megapixel front snapper for your selfies. Just under the display at the bottom, you also get three capacitive touch buttons – for back, home and options – instead of the onscreen buttons you see on most devices on the market.

Turn the phone around and you come face to face with a 13-megapixel camera and the LED flash module placed next to it. Immediately online antibiotics below, you will also find a fingerprint sensor – which is certainly not heard of, in the price band this phone is available at. The fingerprint sensor not only allows you to unlock the device bit to also capture selfies by using it as a shutter button.

The fingerprint sensor also supports Quick Start Apps – this means, you can use it to open applications of your choice with each finger, once you program it to do so. The XTOUCH A3 also comes with Smart Gesture Control feature, which lets you open up apps such as gallery, clock, music, and so on, by sliding left, right, up or down on the screen. What’s more, you can also draw different letters on the lock screen in order to open up specific applications.

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Under the hood, the XTOUCH A3 is powered by a MediaTek quad-core MT6735P processor. The phone also comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB built-in storage. The built-in space can be further extended to up to 128GB using a microSD card. In terms of camera quality, the 13-megapixel back camera took some really good pictures under good lighting conditions, especially outdoors.

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While the phone does offer boatloads of features at a very affordable price tag, it all boils down to the performance. We ran the AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks on the device and as expected we came away with average scores. The XTOUCH A3 screams entry-level, when it comes with performance. But that is not to say that the A3 isn’t worth it.

The XTOUCH A3 may appeal to those who are on the lookout for a good second phone, without having to spend an arm and a leg for it. With a big 2800mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, good camera, good overall build quality and design, and good featuresets, the XTOUCH A3 might very well give a good amount of competition to other mid-level smartphones on the market.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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