The Samsung Galaxy J3 2018 is a slightly advanced version of the 2017 J3 model. The main differences between the two devices are their cameras, display, and price. Apart from these aspects and maybe a few more, these two devices are pretty much similar. Interesting to note, the 2018 model has an 8 MP rear camera, while its predecessor features a 13MP of the same.
Budget phones are expected to have a couple of drawbacks that make up for their relatively lower prices. Therefore, you need to accept that you will not be getting a high-quality device with the best features in the market. Samsung Galaxy J3 price in Nigeria starts at around 49,000 Naira, which is a pretty good deal.
Here is a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of this device.
- Nice and clean display for a low price.
- Good speaker.
- Average performing cameras.
- Lacks a fingerprint sensor.
Samsung Galaxy J3 specs
- Release date: June 2018
- Size: 5.0 inches
- Dimensions: 142.7 x 70.1 x 8.9 mm
- Weight: 152 g
- Colors: Blue, Gold, and Black
- Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Display resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
- Display resolution density: 294 PPI
- SIM card: Dual SIM
- SIM type: Nano-SIM
- Chipset: Exynos 7570 Quad (14 nm)
- GPU: Mali-T720
- CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
- Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo
- Internal storage: 16GB 2GB RAM
- Expandable storage: MicroSD, up to 400GB
- Rear camera: 8 MP, f/1.9
- Selfie camera: 5 MP, f/2.2
- Battery: Removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
- USB: micro-USB 2.0
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE
- Sensors: Proximity, accelerometer, gyro, and compass
- Price: Around 49,000 Naira
Samsung Galaxy J3 details on hardware are as stated below.
The J3 comes in a plastic body that has been carefully designed for a matte finish. It feels good in the hand, regardless of being a little slippery. Users can grip the device without straining, which is as a result of its curved edges, as well as small size. It comes in three colors; Blue, Black, and Gold.
It is packed with a 5.0-inch IPS LCD capacitive screen with 720 x 1280 pixels in resolution, which is pretty great considering its price point. The 720 x 1280p may sound like a low resolution, but since it is a small-sized phone, there is hardly anything to complain about.
It stretches up to 68.9% screen-to-body ratio, and its 294 pixel per inch density facilitates the provision of good visuals. The LCD panel is sharp and detailed, ensuring that color accuracy is on point.
On the right side, you find the power button and speaker, while the left side has the volume rocker. At the top front bezel are a selfie camera and earpiece, while the bottom bezel has the home button, as well as the multitasking buttons. It is important to note that the multitasking buttons do not light up; therefore, it is somewhat challenging to use the phone in the dark.
At the bottom part of the device is a 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as a micro-USB port. At the back, you get a primary camera, LED flash, and the Samsung logo.
Processor, storage, and performance
The phone is powered by the Exynos 7570 (14 nm) chipset with a quad-core processor clocking at a speed of 1.4GHz. It is built and designed on a 64-bit CPU, and 14nm FinFET process technology. Using Mali-T720, the graphics are properly taken care of.
It comes with a standard 2GB RAM to facilitate light multitasking and 16GB of ROM. Luckily, users can expand storage space using a microSD card of up to400GB.
When it comes to executing basic tasks, this handset performs well. Apps open within a second or even less. In terms of gaming, users obtain a great gaming experience. However, it is not the most suitable phone for heavy gamers as it may lag from time to time, depending on the intensity of the game.
A removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery powers this handset. It is one of the few smartphones that still come with a removable battery, giving users the option to replace it with another once it starts malfunctioning. As much as this may sound old fashioned, this is a pretty great option as when there is a problem with the battery alone, you can simply get another, rather than buying another phone.
The Samsung Galaxy J3 battery life is average, as it will not get you through a whole day of heavy use. If you intend to play games and watch videos throughout the day, it is advisable to have your charger with you. However, moderate phone users do not have to recharge it before the depletion of 24 hours.
Speaker and call quality
The sound emitted from the J3 is loud enough to be heard across a medium-sized room. When listening to an audio or watching a video alone, using headphones is a better option as the sound comes out louder and clearer. The same applies for calls.
Samsung Galaxy J3 features the following software properties.
Operating system and features
The OS run by this device is the Android 8.0 Oreo. It is disappointing that the Samsung Galaxy J3 fingerprint sensor does not exist, considering that numerous budget phones today have this feature.
Samsung Galaxy J3 camera specs, video, and image quality
When considering to buy an entry-level smartphone, you should not expect spectacular camera quality. In this case, the J3 has an 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing camera.
The rear camera captures sharp and good enough photos. However, you will notice over-saturation in some shots. When capturing objects, people, or sceneries at a distant, it fails to give clear visibility. However, when there is proper lighting, and objects are at a reasonable distance, the pictures come out decent and clear.
Videos are recorded in 1080p at 30 frames per second. You will need steady hands or a tripod to facilitate image stabilization.
Following purchase, this handset comes with a guide book, battery, micro-USB cable, and a charger.
Samsung Galaxy J3 reviews
Below are some of the comments on Tech Titan's YouTube channel regarding this phone.
- Ryan Ross: The phone is dope , battery life is good speaker is loud enough doesn't lagg in apps or browser , don't know about games but overall it's probably the best cheap phone Samsung has on the market.
- Alicea cruz Vlogs: I have this phone . I love it . The camera isn't that bad , it works pretty fast , the speaker is pretty good.
- King Proto: It has nice battery and nice quality and camera.
Considering its low price point, the J3 is an excellent option for users looking for something simple, yet performing considerably well. Compared to its predecessor, this is a better off option.
The Samsung Galaxy J3 is a great entry-level smartphone packed with useful features and specs for the average phone user. If you consider yourself a moderate phone user, this device will not disappoint you.