Well, this is odd, even considering how hard Samsung has made it of late to separate various non-flagship models in the Galaxy A, E, J, and On families. Yet another J has been unveiled in China with little to no fanfare, and while it technically does squeeze between the previously released J2 and J5 on the performance totem pole, as expected, the Galaxy J3 looks nearly identical to the J5.
It also greatly resembles the Galaxy On5, although the on-board 1.2 GHz quad-core processor is most likely a Snapdragon 410 here, not an Exynos 3475. To further build confusion, the “new” phone’s full market name is apparently Samsung Galaxy J3 (6), where 6 probably stands for 2016, as in an upgraded 2016 version, despite there being no 2014 or 2015 J3 configurations to our knowledge.
Feeling a splitting headache incoming? Luckily, a couple of key specifications should make it a tad easier to tell which is which when faced with a J3 vs J5 buying decision. The latter sports a 13MP rear-facing camera and 5 megapixel selfie shooter, both with LED flash in tow, whereas the former downgrades the main photographic unit’s sensor to 8 MP, and likely ditches the front flash endowment.
Everything else seems to be the same, from the 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display to the 1.5GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 2,600 mAh battery, and pre-loaded Android 5.1 Lollipop software, possibly with 6.0 Marshmallow around the corner.
Somehow, the Galaxy J3 manages to shave 8 grams off the J5’s figure for a grand total of 138, measuring 7.9mm thick. No official words on pricing yet, though if the unlocked J5 costs $210 or so stateside, we’re guessing the J3 will be able to lower the bar under the $200 mark when (if?) it goes global.