The unannounced smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy J3 (2017), has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission.
The T-Mobile variant of the handset has received green signal from the FCC, suggesting that the successor of the Galaxy J3 (2016) is poised for a U.S. release.
The impending Samsung smartphone will likely not be a feature-rich device and will possibly be targeted at the budget-conscious buyer.
Samsung Galaxy J3: FCC Certification
The Galaxy J3 (2017) which was spotted at the FCC is listed under the codename Samsung SM-J327T. This gives a clear indication that the smartphone will land on U.S. carrier T-Mobile.
Two previous model numbers that have leaked earlier are the SM-J327P and SM-J327V and are believed to be the Verizon and Sprint variants of the handset, respectively.
For pre-paid customers, Samsung is expected to launch another Galaxy J3 (2017) variant, which will be tied to Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. AT&T-owned Cricket Wireless is also rumored to get a variant of the device, which will be called Galaxy Express Prime 2 according to noted tipster Evan Blass.
Galaxy J3 (2017) Specs
The Galaxy J3 (2017) is expected to boast a 5-inch Super AMOLED display that will support a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Under the hood, the smartphone may house a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, clocked at 1.4 GHz. The device is likely to have a paltry 1.5 GB of RAM. The handset may also support Adreno 308 GPU.
However, some reports point to an octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor and 2 GB of RAM. They also hint at Adreno 505 GPU.
It will house 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage on board, which will be expandable further via a microSD card.
If rumors are to be believed, then the smartphone will also support a 5MP rear-facing camera, with LED flash. Selfie lovers will have to contend with a 2MP camera. The primary camera is expected to offer Full HD video recording support. However, the camera specs are also contradictory as some leaks hint at an 8MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary snapper.
Consumers will hope that the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) smartphone comes with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat at launch. However, a possibility exists that the device comes pre-loaded with Android Marshmallow instead, and Samsung updates the handset to Android 7.0 Nougat later.
The Galaxy J3 (2017) may be available in three color options based on leaks, namely black, gold and silver.