US carriers welcome the affordable Samsung Galaxy J3
Like any good smartphone manufacturer, Samsung’s always looking for ways to keep its product lineup fresh, and last year that meant introducing a number of new J-series models. After the Galaxy J2 and J5 went official, we saw the company introduce the Galaxy J3, a phone with lower-mid-range hardware, sure, but one with an attractive price point. While the Galaxy J3 initially launched in China, it wasn’t long before we were hearing rumors of US carrier interest, both as a traditional post-paid model and on several MVNOs positioned as a pre-paid edition. Today we finally start getting confirmation for some of those plans, with both Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA set to pick up the Samsung Galaxy J3.
Virgin isn’t wasting any time at all, and its users will be able to pick up the Galaxy J3 as of today. On Boost, you’ve got a slightly longer wait – and we mean seriously slight: Boost sales of the Galaxy J3 commence on Monday, January 18, in the carrier’s stores, with online sales following on Tuesday.
No matter which carrier you choose, you’ll pay just about $180 for the handset.
For that money you get a five-inch 720p OLED screen, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (with the option for microSD expansion), and a 2600mAh battery. It arrives running Android 5.1 Lollipop and packs a 5MP/2MP camera pair. Like we said: pretty middle-of-the-road specs, but that OLED panel is a nice touch, it’s good to see 16GB rather than 8GB of storage, and the price is hard to beat.
Then again, the new Moto G comes in right around the same price point, while also offering a 13MP camera, water resistance, and superior customization. Arguably, these phones are going after different users – we’re just happy to have options.