China’s Samsung Galaxy J3 2017 Cleared by Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 7.1 Nougat

Samsung Galaxy J3 2017

Samsung Galaxy J3 2017 has already been launched in the U.S. via AT&T and Sprint, with those on Sprint getting it as the Galaxy J3 Emerge.

While the entire U.S. market will be treated to the same Galaxy J3 2017 – despite the name change on Sprint – it appears that other markets will not be getting the same treat, at least in terms of software. Apparently, the J3 2017 that is being sold in the U.S. has Android 7.0 Nougat at the heart of the show. However, it appears that those in China will be getting a Galaxy J3 2017 handset that is powered by Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

Even though the Galaxy J3 2017 has been launched in the U.S., the story is not the same as far as other markets are concerned. As a result, it’s possible that this could indeed be the case for the rest of the markets where the phone has yet to be released. So far, the variant certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance has model number SM-J3308, which confirms that it’ll be heading to China.

Samsung has had this little thing of releasing Galaxy J handsets with different specs configuration in China. We’ve seen Chinese variants featuring more RAM and 1080p display screens while other regions get 720p resolutions. With this in mind, it won’t be anything strange to see the Galaxy J3 2017 head to this region with a new version of the installed Nougat OS.

Samsung Galaxy J3 2016

As for the specs, we expect Samsung to stick with most of what has featured on the U.S. variants. By most, it means that some like the RAM may differ, where the U.S. variants have a 1.5GB module while this variant will carry 2GB RAM. In terms of storage, it should remain at 16GB with room for a microSD card. The processor on board – an Exynos 7570 – shouldn’t change as well as the 5-inch 720p display screen.

Benchmarks have suggested that the Galaxy J3 2017 will ship with a 12MP sensor on the back and a 5MP shooter for selfies. We don’t know much about the release date, but the phone should be announced alongside the Galaxy J5 2017 and J7 2017 in the coming days.