Images and specifications of the soon to be launched Samsung Galaxy J3 2017 have leaked thanks to hardworking tipsters.
If the leaked image and specs of the handset are correct, then Galaxy J3 2017 promises to be an okay entry handset.
The handset will sport a 5.0-inch HD display and 720×1280 pixels (294ppi).
These are the exact same display specs as those of the Galaxy 2016 variant.
It would have been nice if Samsung considered an upgrade, perhaps to 1080p, but oh well.
There is a 2.5D curved glass on the front.
It is rumored that the handset will come in two variants: one with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage while the other will sport 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.
The camera has become a major point of consideration when buying a smartphone.
Galaxy J3 will sport a 5MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 2MP selfie snapper.
Again, this is a downgrade (or at least on paper) since the 2016 model came with an 8MP main camera and a 5mp secondary camera.
The good news is that when it comes to cameras, the specs sheet is a major factor of consideration.
A Galaxy Grand Prime (which is many smartphones ago) takes gorgeous selfies yet it sports an 8MP main and 5MP secondary camera.
It is, thus, too early to disregard the J3’s 2017 version. A little patience did not hurt anybody.
Galaxy J3 2017 will run on Quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and Exynos 7570 Quad chipset.
The handset will be powered by 2,600mAh battery capacity which is okay for regular use.
Heavy users especially gamers and those who browse for the better part of the day not so much.
The leaked images suggest that the handset will come in four color variants namely black, blue, gold, and pink.
Other features worth mentioning are the dual-SIM setup, expandable memory, and Android Nougat. Nougat 7.0, not the newer 7.1.
Still, not bad considering Android 7.0 Nougat is still a thing in 2017. In the smartphone world that is.
The handset comes with entry-level specs and this can only mean that it should not cost you a fortune. And it won’t.
The latest member of the J series is expected to retail at about Ksh. 19,000. That’s still a lot though, Ksh. 15,000 sounds more reasonable.
Judging from the specs, Samsung Galaxy J3 2017 does not fall in the premium handsets category.
It is in no way in the same league with the recently launched Galaxy S8 or even A7 which falls in the category of mid-range handsets.
We should not frown upon the downgrades (I choose to use the term ‘downgrades on paper’).
J3 2017 may surprise us with its performance and camera prowess.
It is not clear when Samsung plans to reveal the handset officially, but it is prudent to predict that this will happen in coming weeks.
Maybe sooner that we think.