The Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 was announced in November 2015 so it’s not exactly the newest kid on the block. The phone was unveiled in China but it was speculated that it would arrive to the US at some point and indeed it did. In mid-January the device was launched by Sprint and its subsidiaries, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, but its journey to the US market didn’t end there. The Galaxy J3 is now on sale also through AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
Samsung Galaxy J3 finally made it to two of US major carriers, AT&T and Verizon. The 5-inch mid-ranger is available at pretty low prices starting at $109.99 and no contract.
The AT&T model has white back and two-tone front with white bottom and black top bezel which looks pretty unusual but also kind of interesting. The Verizon version, however, is all black. There’s one more difference which is way more important than appearance, at least for budget-conscious customers, and it’s the price. Verizon is selling the Galaxy J3 as a pre-paid without any long-term contracts and is asking for the device $109.99. AT&T, on the other hand, offers its customers two choices. You can either buy the handset outright for $169.99 or opt for monthly installments in which case it will set you back $5.67 per month for 30 months.
The Galaxy J3 is not even close to a flagship phone, but it does have a few quite decent features. For starters, it sports a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip. The device also has 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB (AT&T) or 8GB (Verizon) of built-in memory, which is not too much but luckily there’s a microSD slot that lets you add up to 128GB of storage space for your content. On camera front the Galaxy J3 offers a not very impressive 5-megapixel rear sensor and even less exciting 2-megapixel selfie shooter but both cameras should still do fine if you need to snap a quick photo.
Other key features include 4G LTE support, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and a 2,600 mAh removable battery which should be good for up to 22 hours of talk time. Another feature worth mentioning is that both AT&T and Verizon variants will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, while other carriers are sill selling the phone with Android 5.1 Lollipop on board.
The Galaxy J3 may not be the most high-end phone on the market but it’s not the most modest offering in its class either. It follows Samsung’s familiar design language so it also looks pretty attractive. Moreover, it has awesome specs-to-price ratio – what other device offers a quad-core processor, HD screen and large battery for less than $110?