Samsung’s upcoming entry-level handset, the Galaxy J3, has now popped up on the website of China’s telecom equipment certification center TENAA, giving us our very first look at the images of the device. While some of the hardware specs of the upcoming smartphone were leaked already, what with the device being listed on the GFXBench database last month, images of the Galaxy J3 were hard to come by thus far. Some of those specs were further confirmed earlier this month, when the phone got listed on the website of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), having undergone tests for 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity at the US telecom regulator. With both the US and Chinese telecom regulators now certifying the Galaxy J3, it might be only a matter of time before the device is made official by the South Korean tech giant.
Coming to the images as they appear on the website of the Chinese regulator, the photos reveal a device along expected lines with the standard Samsung design, which probably was to be expected. The front-on image shows the earpiece on the top bezel alongside the selfie-cam and the proximity sensor, along with the Samsung branding. As for the bottom bezel, the trademark oval physical home button is of course ever-present, along with two capacitive buttons either side of it. As is the norm with Samsung’s smartphones, the physical hardware buttons are placed the other way round, when compared to how most other manufacturers design their handsets, including Google’s own Nexus devices. The rear panel shows the primary camera ensconced within a square cut-out, which is also a long-time Samsung tradition. There’s also the flash and the speaker grill on the back of the device, along with a ‘4G’ signage at the bottom to indicate the phone supports LTE connectivity.
Taking a quick look at some of the rumored hardware specs of the Galaxy J3, the device is believed to have a 5-inch 720p display panel, which would be par for the course for a budget device these days. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 SoC, and will come with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage according to both the GFXBench listing as well as the FCC website. The device will come with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera, and have Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-loaded, in all probability with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface laid on top.