Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016): Plans | Pricing | Specs

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
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Samsung Galaxy J3 at a glance
When did the Samsung Galaxy J3 come out? The original Samsung Galaxy J3 launched in January 2016.
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy J3? Super AMOLED display, 8MP rear-facing camera, Ultra Power Saving mode.
How much does the Samsung Galaxy J3 cost? The 2016 model of the Galaxy J3 is available directly from Samsung for $299, but many other retailers sell it for significantly cheaper.

The Galaxy J3 brings a 5-inch super AMOLED display, a quad-core processor and an 8MP camera to Samsung's line of budget smartphones.

Launched in early 2016, the original Galaxy J3 joined Samsung's growing catalogue of J series smartphones aimed at those looking for an affordable alternative to the company's flagship Galaxy S handsets. Like other J series phones, the Galaxy J3 pares down many of the features common to Samsung's premium handsets in order to keep costs low. This limits the Galaxy J3's suitability to those who use their phone primarily for calls, texts and light web browsing. Those looking for a powerhouse device to play games or multi-task on will probably want to consider something with a bit more grunt.

Design

  • Stays true to Samsung's solid if unspectacular budget design
  • Plenty of connectivity options for expanding the Galaxy J3's functionality

Camera

  • Features a decent yet unremarkable combination of an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera
  • Won't compare to a decent dedicated camera, but serviceable enough for basic photography

Performance

  • Suitable for general web browsing and other light tasks
  • Will likely struggle with multi-tasking and mobile gaming

Battery

  • Capable of up to 14 hours of continuous video playback according to Samsung
  • Removable battery means you don't need to send the whole handset away when your battery bites the dust

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy J3

An affordable everyday smartphone

The Galaxy J3 is a reasonably priced smartphone for those who don't need all the bells and whistles.

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  • Samsung sells the Galaxy J3 on its retail site for $299.
  • Alternatively, you can find the Galaxy J3 selling for around $200 from retailers like Catch, DWI and Kogan.
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OS Android 6
Display size (inches) 5
Display resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Processor Spreadtrum SC8830
Height (mm) 142.3
Width (mm) 71
Depth (mm) 7.9
Weight (g) 138
Battery size (mAh) 2,600
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 8GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 1.5
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 8
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
NFC support Yes
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Updated February 17th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.4
2960 x 1440
128GB
512GB
4,000
5.6
2220 x 1080
32GB
3,000
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
3,500
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
3,000
5
960 x 540
16GB
2,600
6.3
2960 x 1440
64GB
3,300
5.2
1280 × 720
32GB
3,000
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
3,600
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
3,000
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
3,500
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
3,000
5.7
1920 x 1080
32GB
3,600
5.1
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
3,000
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
3,600
5
1280 x 720
8GB
2,600
4.5
800 x 480
8GB
2,050

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Matt Sayer

Matt is a writer covering the latest tech, telco and video game news at finder.com.au. In his downtime from helping Aussies make informed decisions on their broadband, mobile phone, and streaming video plans, he likes exploring rich video game worlds and kicking back with a good book.

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    KathleenJanuary 17, 2019

    I purchased a Samsung J3 in the USA. Do I need a step down transformer to charge it in Australia?

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnJanuary 18, 2019Staff

      Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      So Adapters can only be used for US appliances that accept BOTH 240V and 110V (normally those appliances will have a “switch”). 2) For those US appliances that do not accept both 240V and 110V, then a Transformer must be use to convert the current – otherwise the appliance may be seriously damaged. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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