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Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro goes official in China with more of the same low-end specs

By Adrian Diaconescu June 6, 2016, 5:42 am

Remember the “good old times” when Samsung’s mid-range smartphone lineup included confusingly named models like Galaxy Grand Prime Duos, Galaxy Ace Style, Star 2 Plus, Core Lite, S3 Neo, S3 mini VE, Core Advance, and Galaxy Super Star Grand Extra?

Granted, I just made up that last one, but you probably didn’t even notice, which thoroughly proves my point. Unfortunately, the new single-letter/single-digit branding scheme is threatening to get as bad and convoluted as the old one, with a few “Pro” configurations now added in the mix.

Exactly like the Galaxy A9 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro seems China-bound, while Western availability is a long shot. Priced at the equivalent of $150 (CNY 990), the “new” 5-incher looks considerably sleeker than the non-pro J3 unveiled last fall, with a metal or metal-resembling construction.

Probably metal-resembling, given the low price, which is still a nice little step forward. We obviously can’t say the same about the pre-loaded Android 5.1 Lollipop (2015 called…), with the rest of the specifications perfectly matching those of the J320F (EMEA) and J3109 (China) versions of the original J3.

You have your 720p screen, quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 2,600 mAh battery, 8 and 5MP cameras, as well as 16GB expandable storage. The RAM count is ever so slightly enhanced, from 1.5 to 2GB, but otherwise, you’re dealing with identical phones, as Samsung ultimately favored affordability over 1080p display resolution.

Source: Samsung China

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