Samsung's flagship line, the Galaxy S Series and the Note Series, often take the headlines and the lion's share of media attention. Yet, there is no doubt that Samsung wouldn't be as successful in the mobile arena if it weren't for their entry-level Galaxy J Series, which has always posted strong sales. Now, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy J3 (2018) has found its way to GFXBench, and you know what that means.
The listing on GFXBench shows a new smartphone with the model number SM-J337. The specifications look familiar; it will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and sport a 5-inch HD 720p display. The processor is quad-core with four Cortex-A53 cores and a Mali-G71 GPU. These match neither the Exynos 7885 or the Exynos 8895 used in the Galaxy A Series and the Galaxy S Series, and it's clear we're getting a new entry-level chipset here. The listing also shows the phone will have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an 8-megapixel main camera with a 5-megapixel camera at the front.
It's unusual that the phone sports an 8-megapixel camera for its main camera, when the Galaxy J3 (2017) came with a 13-megapixel camera. Then again, megapixels aren't everything and the new Galaxy J3 (2018) might have an optimized camera with better software to provide more impressive images. Or, it might simply be a case of the prototype used for the GFXBench benchmark having a different camera from the final product.
The Galaxy J3 sits near the bottom of the Samsung phone line up, just one step above the Galaxy J2. That said, the previous iterations of the phone have always provided great value, and Samsung makes a good point about providing a good AMOLED HD display in this market segment at this price point. The Galaxy J3 (2018) will likely have improvements over its predecessor, and we can look forward to an even better Galaxy J3 this year.
At this moment, we don't have much more information on the upcoming budget phone, but it's very likely that the Galaxy J3 will still sell very well in 2018. Are you looking forward to the new Galaxy J3 (2018)? Stay tuned for more news here.