A new Samsung device bearing a model number SM-J727 has recently been certified by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While the listing on the website of the communications regulator doesn't really reveal a whole lot about the upcoming smartphone, some media outlets seem to believe that it will be marketed as the Galaxy J7 (2017). A Samsung device boasting a model number SM-J727P was also spotted on Geekbench earlier this month, possibly revealing some key specifications of the upcoming Android phone. That wasn't the only time this Samsung-made device made an appearance on the World Wide Web in recent times. According to a listing on India's import and export tracking website Zauba, the Galaxy J7 (2017) was imported into the country in late 2016 for testing purposes.
The same device also received its Wi-Fi certification last month, so Samsung's next affordable handset may not be too far away from an official release. If the FCC certification is anything to go by, the upcoming Galaxy J7 (2017) may also be launched in the U.S. at some point in the near future. The aforementioned Geekbench listing from earlier this month suggests that the device will be a mid-range Android smartphone mostly aimed at the pre-paid market. The device is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC that comes with an embedded 64-bit octa-core CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, accompanied by 2GB of RAM.
Imaging options will reportedly include a 13-megapixel primary camera on the back and a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The Galaxy J7 (2017) is also expected to ship with a fingerprint scanner, which is something that's gradually becoming a standard feature for mid-range devices in recent months. The device will allegedly run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and carry a 3,000mAh battery. While most specifications of the Galaxy J7 (2017) probably don't look terribly exciting to smartphone enthusiasts, the device could end up being successful if Samsung launches it with an attractive price tag. However, it's hard to make any specific predictions seeing how there's still no word on how much this device will cost or when it will launch.