Samsung's upcoming new entry-level smartphone, the Galaxy J3, has reportedly got its certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), paving the way for the device's release in the US sooner rather than later. The Galaxy J3, which comes with model number SM-J3109, recently underwent connectivity tests for 2G, 3G and 4G bands according to the posting on the official FCC website. No image of the smartphone however, has been published on the regulator's website and neither have any been leaked so far on the net. However, the device was listed on the Geekbench database last month, giving us a look at some of the hardware specs on Samsung's latest entry-level smartphone meant for the global market. The J3 is widely expected to be a follow-up to the Galaxy J2 smartphone, which was released back in September by the South Korea-based consumer electronics company.
Coming to the rumored hardware specs of the Galaxy J3, the device will come with a larger display than the Galaxy J2, which has a 4.7-inch screen. The upcoming J3 meanwhile, is expected to be launched with a 5-inch 720p display panel, which has basically become the standard for entry-level 5-inch displays these days. As for the chipset powering the device, rumor has it that the Snapdragon 410 SoC from Qualcomm will be doing the duty under the hood, meaning 64-bit, quad-core Cortex-A53 processing power for the newest addition to the Galaxy J family from Samsung. The entry-level nature of the upcoming smartphone is probably best illustrated by the RAM and storage info, which will be barely 1 GB and 8 GB respectively. Thankfully though, there is believed to be an expansion slot, meaning users will be able to expand the storage on the device by way of a microSD card.
Coming to the imaging options on the Galaxy J3, the upcoming device is expected to have an 8-megapixel rear-facing primary camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing secondary camera. As for connectivity options, the device will of course come with support for LTE as evident from the FCC documents. The device is also expected to be launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop, with Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz interface running on top.