Although Samsung Galaxy J3 made its debut this year, it seems that the company is already working on its successor. According to the GFX benchmark website, the Samsung Galaxy J3 (the 2018 version) is on its way and will be made public during early 2018. The model number of the device will be MS-J337 and it is targeted towards the entry level segment. Samsung's J series of smartphones have been quite popular this year around, so it is no surprise that the company is willing to make another such series, with better specifications of course. No matter how good the J3 (2017) was, it had its limitations. The device got laggy and frequently ran out of internal storage. We are hoping the new and improved J3 surpasses its predecessor and deliver better results overall. Note that since it is still under development, some of specs are subject to change at the time of launch.
A picture of the grey version of the device was leaked on GFX and at first glance, it doesn’t appear to be much different from its previous version. There are still significant bezels at the top and bottom of the screen. The new J3 also has the basic touch pads at the bottom along with a home button and no fingerprint sensor, yet. The device sports a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. The display technology hasn't been revealed, but since it is Samsung, we are expecting an AMOLED one. The 5-inch display may be appropriate for some users, but others may consider it to be too small of a deal. The pixel density hasn’t been revealed yet, but we are assuming it to be somewhere around the 350-400ppi mark. It will also have the custom Samsung UI and up to 5 fingers support.
The 2018 version of the J3 will be powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU and Cortex A53 - ARMv8 cores. It will also have 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, out of which only 1.6 GB AND 9 GB will be available for use respectively. In terms of the GPU it will most probably have the ARM- Mali G71 processor. Recalling the previous version of the J3, it had the Exynos 7570 processor. The performance was pretty decent but was mixed with a lot stutters. Samsung seems to have cranked up the power on the new J3 and we will have to wait until the official release before we verify any of this.
The overall rating for this specification list will be around 5 to 6. This is because of the competition. What Samsung is offering isn't better in any sense from what the market has to offer. A simple 0.01 buff to the clock speed won't see that much of a difference. This is just a prediction and we will verify it once we get our hands on that device. Samsung is not the most feature rich phone in the entry level segment. For it to compete, it has to do a lot better.
In terms of camera, the J3 is tipped to have a 8MP rear and a 5 MP front camera. Both the rear and front camera are supposed to have FHD recording capabilities, which is a good thing since it doesn't have dual rear sensors. Samsung's low end cameras are a tad bit over average, so, pictures taken may appeared a bit washed out. On top of that the rear camera also has flash, face detection, auto focus, touch focus and panorama. There is no mention of an HDR mode.
For video and audio codec supports we have MP3, MP4, WAV, FLV, H.264, M4A and eAAC+. Additional support can obtained by installing a third party software such as the MX or VLC player.
The J3(2018) will be running on Android 7.1.1 and although the battery capacity hasn't been revealed, we are assuming it to be around the 3k mark, since Samsung rarely goes beyond that in their entry level devices.
Also, like its predecessor, the new J3 should have dual micro sim support along with 4G LTE capabilities.