Three new variants of a device that's likely the upcoming Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) have been certified by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late April, according to a set of documents published by the federal agency on Tuesday. The newly approved devices include the SM-J530GM, SM-530YM/DS, and the SM-J530GM/DS, though the documents published by the FCC don't provide many details on the handsets, save for the fact that they'll ship with a conventional volume rocker and not two separate volume buttons on the left side of the case, as suggested by a product sketch attached to the filing.
Regardless, the recently certified smartphones are almost certainly members of the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) family that passed through the FCC shortly after their sibling bearing the model number SM-J530FM/DS did the same. According to previous reports, the Galaxy J5 (2017) will ship with relatively modest specs, though the South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer is unlikely to attach a high price tag to its upcoming handset. The smartphone is expected to boast a smaller screen than its 5.2-inch predecessor that shipped last year, though some conflicting reports on its actual size have emerged in recent weeks, with some industry sources claiming that the phone will boast a 5-inch display panel, while others were citing a 4.8-inch screen. Regardless, most insiders agree that the Galaxy J5 (2017) will likely be powered by the Samsung-made Exynos 7870 system-on-chip (SoC) and 2GB of RAM, meaning the device will likely be competing in the lower mid-range segment of the market.
Samsung's upcoming Android smartphone is said to ship with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front sensor. Finally, the device will almost certainly launch with Android 7.0 Nougat running out of the box, likely enhanced with Samsung's proprietary user interface. The Seoul-based tech giant has yet to officially announce the Galaxy J5 (2017), but seeing how several variants of the handset have already received numerous certificates from various government and independent agencies, it seems likely that the phone will be introduced in the United States in the near future, though it remains to be seen whether it also debuts in other markets.