Ever since the Galaxy J 2016 series came to life, Samsung has released quite a good number of follow-up devices, but the Galaxy J 2017 series has yet to be released.
The South Korean tech giant will be attending the Mobile World Congress 2017 to unveil the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, but it appears that this event will have more than this tablet. Apparently, an alleged Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 handset has just visited the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification. In fact, the WFA has listed up to six different models of the Galaxy J5 2017.
The listed phones have model numbers SM-J530G, SM-J530G/DS, SM-J530GM, SM-J530GM/DS as well as another similar pair of SM-J530F and SM-J530F/DS. This means that the phone will be shipped with either single SIM or dual-SIM support, with the DS denoting the latter. As for now, it seems Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 will remain in Asia as well as go all the way to South America, but there is still no word on the U.S. availability. Nonetheless, the fact that the phone has already appeared at the WFA, it is definite that the launch is happening very soon, probably at the MWC.
As usual with WFA listings, the only major details we get to see are the model number and operating system. Speaking of which, the software of the Galaxy J5 2017 could be one of the reasons why the phone hasn’t been certified for the U.S. – there’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is definitely a major low for the J5 2017, especially since it comes at a time when midrangers are already receiving Android 7.0 Nougat, with others also debuting with the new OS on board. But hopefully, the tech giant will follow up with a Nougat update after releasing it.
Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 is expected to be launched alongside the Galaxy J7 2017, but the date is not yet confirmed for now.