In November 2016, details of an alleged Samsung Galaxy J3 2017 started emerging through leaks on benchmarking websites Geekbench and GFXBench. However, it turned out this was the Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime.
The Galaxy J3 Prime is not a universal name, but it’s specific to T-Mobile. The same phone is also sold via a number of other networks in the country under different names, including Verizon Wireless (Samsung Galaxy J3 Eclipse), Sprint (Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge), AT&T (Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2) and Cricket (Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2).
A year down the line, the story is once again the same, which makes us assume that the company is getting ready to refresh the Galaxy J3 Prime and probably the entire family on other carriers. This follows the emergence of details thought to be associated with the successor to the J3 Prime thanks to benchmarking platform GFXBench.
The current Galaxy J3 Prime has model number SM-J327, but there’s a new variant with model number SM-J337. Looking at how Samsung gives its devices model numbers, it’s obvious that we are looking at the new Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime 2018.
From the benchmarks, the phone will ship with a 5-inch HD display screen, same as the current version and running the show out of the box will be Android 7.1.1 Nougat. As noted, there are several variants of the 2017 model. While the Cricket variant came preinstalled with Android 7.0 Nougat, other variants had Android Marshmallow. For now, we don’t know if the Galaxy J3 Prime 2018 will ship in multiple variants, but it’s very likely.
For the processing unit, the phone will ship with an unknown quad-core processor with Cortex-A53 CPUs clocked at 1.5GHz and mated with a Mali-G71 GPU and 2GB RAM. The storage on board will be 16GB, which should be expandable. For the optics, the main shooter has been stepped up to 8MP and so is the selfie camera, which has a 5MP sensor with support for 1080p video recording.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime (2017) was unveiled in January. We have less than two months to January 2018, which makes perfect sense that details of the Galaxy J3 Prime 2018 are beginning to show up.