Back in March, Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy J3 in India. This smartphone is in the Galaxy J family and this means that it is targeting the lower market segment. The phone was launched in Kenya about two weeks ago and is retailing for Ksh 18,299.
The Galaxy J3 is not a true mid-range smartphones and even though it has a high price tag, its specs are not that mind blowing. Samsung has now added another device that it refers to as the Galaxy J3 Pro. The J3 Pro has been announced today by Samsung China and this might mean that the phone will be available in that market first. Samsung has really been focusing on China of late and even the recently launched Galaxy C Series is available exclusively in China only.
Back to the Galaxy J3 Pro, Samsung is keeping things simple with it and has upgraded just a handful of the specs to make it more appealing compared to the original J3. It comes with a 5 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This is the same display size and resolution the company used on the original Galaxy J3.
Powering the J3 Pro is a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. The processor is the same one on the J3 but the RAM has been bumped up slightly on J3 Pro from 1.5GB to 2GB. The storage space can be expanded up to 128GB. The one disappointing thing about the J3 pro is that it comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
At the back, the Galaxy J3 Pro has an 8MP camera with LED flash, the front facing camera is a 5MP one. The 8MP at the back and 5MP at the front is the same combination Samsung has used on the original J3 so you do not get any big change here.
Just like the original J3, the Galaxy J3 Pro comes with a 2,600 mAh battery and supports 4G LTE.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro will be available for $150 (approximately Ksh 15,000).Samsung hasn’t said when we should expect it in retail stores.
This device doesn’t offer that much more when you compared it to the J3 that is already available on the market so am not that impressed with it so far. Samsung should have tried and upgrade most of the specs and even pre-install Android Marshmallow, Android Lollipop is way too old right now.