All those familiar with mobile market surely noticed that this week undoubtedly belonged to affordable phones. Few days ago US Cellular expanded its lineup by ZTE Blade 3 Max and the LG K3. Today another two carriers – T-Mobile and Metro PCS – added new affordable smartphone to their portfolio – the Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime. Debuting without much fanfare the new entry-level smartphone from the South Korean tech giant is already available for purchase having the nation’s third largest carrier for its distributor.
The Galaxy J3 Prime joined T-Mobile and Metro PCS. The phone runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box and is on sale with 50% discount.
Both T-Mobile and its prepaid subsidiary – Metro PCS, are now selling the Galaxy J3 Prime for the cheap. Within its special launch promo T-Mobile is cutting the phone’s price by 50 percent, reducing it to $75. The carrier’s prepaid branch has a similar discount on the device as all Metro PCS subscribers may now purchase the Galaxy J3 Prime for $69.99. In addition, if you happen to be a T-Mobile’s postpaid customers, then you may also grab the phone for $150 upfront or when signing up for a traditional 2-year contract. If you choose the service provider agreement route, the handset will be yours for as little as $6 per month and $6 upfront.
For this price you will get a re-branded Galaxy J3 Emerge that was released earlier this year via Sprint and its prepaid subsidiary. But it is not a carbon copy of the phone. The handset sold by T-Mobile and Metro PCS offers several advantages over the Sprint-branded model. The phone isn’t only cheaper, but also works on the latest Android 7 Nougat instead of the aging Marshmallow.
Specs-wise, the phone is a decent entry-level smartphone. Except for the latest Android, which is surely the handset’s biggest selling point, the Galaxy J3 Prime houses a 5-inch screen panel with 720 x 120 p of resolution, 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing snapper. Driven by the Qualcomm-made quad-core processor (most probably the Snapdragon 425, though some voices suggest Samsung Exynos 7570) the device features 4G LTE connectivity, 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage that supports microSD expansion. As for battery, the whole thing is kept ticking by a 2,600 mAh cell.
Although the phone’s specs aren’t particularly impressive, the specs are sufficient to make the Galaxy J3 Prime be a reliable tool of communication. When it comes to the T-Mobile’s promo availability, the carrier hasn’t shared the info how long they will offer a 50 percent discount on the phone so you may have to hurry. Any takers?