T-Mobile and MetroPCS are now selling the Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime, an entry-level Android smartphone that the South Korean tech giant launched in the United States without much fanfare. As expected, the third largest wireless carrier in the country and its prepaid mobile service provider are both offering the Galaxy J3 Prime at affordable prices that top out at $150. T-Mobile’s postpaid subscribers are able to purchase Samsung’s entry-level smartphone on a 24-month contract for $6 per month with a $6 downpayment. While prepaid customers can also buy the Galaxy J3 Prime for $150, T-Mobile is currently running a launch promotion of sorts that brings the phone’s price tag down by 50 percent to $75. The company’s prepaid wireless service provider is also offering a similar discount on the device as all MetroPCS customers can currently purchase the Galaxy J3 Prime for $69 once all of the current promotions are accounted for.
Regarding the device itself, the Galaxy J3 Prime features a 5-inch display panel with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels and is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7570 system-on-chip (SoC), a 64-bit quad-core chipset clocked at 1.35Ghz that’s also Samsung’s first piece of silicon boasting full integration of the Cat.4 LTE 2CA modem. In addition to the entry-level Exynos SoC, the smartphone boasts 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded by up to 128GB via a microSD card slot, a listing on T-Mobile’s online store reveals. Furthermore, the Galaxy J3 Prime features a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front sensor, the former of which also sports a conventional LED flash. All of that hardware is powered by a 2,600mAh battery that doesn’t seem to be removable, though that capacity should still be able to get you through the day given the relatively modest screen real estate of the Galaxy J3 Prime, not to mention its conservative SoC.
Finally, the device that T-Mobile and MetroPCS are now offering ships with Android 7.0 Nougat running out of the box, enhanced with Samsung’s proprietary user interface. It’s currently unclear for how long will the Galaxy J3 Prime be available at 50-percent off from T-Mobile and MetroPCS, but more details on the matter should be available shortly.