Samsung seems to be working on a new high-end smartphone, called Galaxy J, that's rumored to be launched in the next few weeks on DoCoMo, and going by the name, it's going to be for Japan only. The phone looks to be as feature-packed as you can expect from a smartphone launching this fall:
- 5-inch FHD 1080p display (1020—1080)
- 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage
- microSD card slot
- 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera
- 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 3,000mAh battery
- Dust- and water-resistant
- Android 4.2.2
It doesn't look like it will have a Super AMOLED display, but it does come with a seemingly much higher resolution camera at 20.7 MP, which may exist in order to compete with the Sony Xperia Z1, since Japan is Sony's homeland, and anything less than Sony's specs there probably won't work very well. In fact, the phone seems virtually identical to an Xperia Z1, including the water-resistant and dust-proof features.
The main difference seems to be that it has a design that's reminiscent of Samsung's other smartphones, and it will also be available in at least 3 different colors: red, white and blue, or as Samsung calls them: Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue.
At the very least this means one extra option for the Japanese customers, who may consider it over Sony's offering, if they like the colors, or they find something else to like about the Galaxy J compared to the Xperia Z1, although that's probably going to be pretty hard, seeing how similar they are in terms of features.
It does seem like Samsung is starting to spread their Galaxy brand a little too thin, by catering to every country or carrier's needs, while still putting the Galaxy brand name on top of all of these devices. I fear that in the end customers will start getting confused on the differences between an S or a J, or an R, and so on. But Samsung has been doing this for a while, and if they haven't felt the negative impact from it already, then perhaps it's working well enough for them as it is.