Samsung has not made the Galaxy J5 2017 official just yet, but it appears that this budget phone won’t take long before hitting the smartphone market.
According to fresh reports emerging from the U.S., the country’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just cleared a trio of devices from the South Korean tech giant. Based on their model numbers, the three devices are believed to be the soon be to announced Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 variants.
The FCC has just confirmed that the Galaxy J5 2017 will carry model numbers SM-J530GM, SM-J530GM/DS and SM-J530YM/DS. When compared to the previous model’s number – SM-J510), there’s no doubt that these are indeed variants of the J5 2017.
As usual with FCC listings, the only concrete details we are getting about the alleged Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 are the model numbers. Despite the fact that there is no mention of when the phone could be released or even the exact specs and features, making an appearance on the FCC is enough to affirm the claim that this device could be unveiled before this month comes to an end. In 2016, the Galaxy J5 was unveiled in April and if anything, the Korean tech giant has already delayed the release of the Galaxy J5 2017.
Previous rumors about the Galaxy J5 2017 have pointed towards some not-so-bad specs for a phone that should be priced at about $250. There will be an Exynos 7870 chipset under the hood, same as what you find in the Galaxy A3 2017, but the U.S. market could get a Snapdragon variant, possibly the SD625, alongside a RAM of 2GB. The internal storage should be 16GB, but there will be room to expand it via a microSD card slot.
The same reports also added that the new Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 will ship with a 13MP shooter on the back alongside a 5MP selfie lens. Software-wise, you can expect Android 7.0 Nougat to power the device out of the box. Even though there’s no mention of the screen size, word on the street says that there could be some improvements compared to the 5.2-inch HD panel that shipped with the J5 2016. You may also get a removable battery unit of about 3000mAh, but this is not certain.