Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) 8GB Black

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The Samsung Galaxy J3 is an affordable entry-level phone with a surprisingly good screen, decent cameras and solid performance.

  • Compact design with 5"" HD Display.
  • 8GB on-board memory
  • 8MP Front camera with quick launch
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The Samsung Galaxy J3 is an affordable entry-level phone with a surprisingly good screen, decent cameras and solid performance.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 is one of Samsung’s more budget-friendly handsets, but that doesn’t mean it lacks specs and features.

Take its large and sharp 5.0-inch 720 x 1280 screen, or its quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Those aren’t high-end specs but they’re more than enough for it to comfortably run most apps and games and as the screen is Super AMOLED it’s bright and vibrant.

The camera is worth highlighting too, as with an 8MP snapper on the back and a 5MP one on the front it’s accomplished at both selfies and more general photography.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 also has a microSD card slot, so you can beef up the 8 or 16GB of included storage, a sizeable 2600 mAh battery and a slim 7.9mm thick build. Not bad for a budget phone.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 is out now and can be found from roughly £150 SIM-free. Alternatively, you can pick it up on a contract from around £13 per month with no upfront cost. That’s a truly entry-level price, which puts it up against the likes of the LG G4c and the Motorola Moto G 3rd gen.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions (mm): 142.3 x 71 x 7.9
  • Weight (g): 138
  • Battery capacity (mAh): 2600
  • Colours: White, Black, Gold
  • Screen size (inches): 5.0
  • Resolution: 720x1280 pixels
  • Pixels per inch (PPI): 294
  • Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core
  • Processor make: Spreadtrum SC8830
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Internal storage: 8GB
  • Expandable storage up to (GB): 128GB
  • Camera: 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel
  • Operating System: Android Lollipop

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