Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime is slated for launch in Canada on October 18 for $240 outright, with the smartphone expected to be available via almost every carrier in the country such as Virgin, Bell, Rogers, Koodo, Bell MTS, Eastlink, Fido, Videotron and Ice Wireless, according to a new report by MobileSyrup. However, the handset has yet to be listed on the website of any of the carriers. It remains unclear whether Telus would also offer the phone to its subscribers. On top of its outright pricing scheme, the handset will also be offered on a two-year plan with no down payment.
The Galaxy J3 Prime was initially rolled out in September of last year and succeeds the Galaxy J3 (2016) phone. It ships with almost all of the specifications as its predecessor, except for its larger bezel that makes the Galaxy J3 Prime a bit bigger, among other specs. As a recap, the Galaxy J3 Prime features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. Under the hood, it is powered by Samsung's proprietary 64-bit quad-core Exynos 7570 system-on-chip (SoC) clocked at 1.4Ghz. The handset also packs 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. On the optics side of things, the Galaxy J3 Prime boasts a 5-megapixel rear camera equipped with a conventional LED flash and a 2-megapixel front shooter. The phone is also juiced up by a 2,600mAh non-removable battery. The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and includes other key features such as a proximity sensor, accelerometer and ambient light sensor. On the connectivity aspect, the handset comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G.
It remains unclear in what other territories the Galaxy J3 Prime will be made available. In April of this year, T-Mobile and MetroPCS began offering the entry-level Android smartphone at low prices that top out at $150. More updates and details about its upcoming Canada launch are expected in the next few days, such as the various subscription plans with which different carriers will be offering the handset and the varying price points that come with those plans.