Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) vs. Galaxy J3 (2016)

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Last updated: June 7th, 2017 at 10:00 UTC+01:00

Samsung refreshed its Galaxy J series of smartphones yesterday. The new lineup consists of three phones (for now) – Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017), and Galaxy J7 (2017) – which bring in improved physical design and better specifications.

The Galaxy J3 (2017), which succeeds last year’s Galaxy J3 (2016), drops the Super AMOLED display in favor of a TFT display, but comes with a vastly improved processor as well as increased RAM and storage. It also features higher resolution front- and rear-facing cameras, and a newer version of Android. There’s still no fingerprint reader, though.

If you are in the market for a new entry-level Android smartphone, you can compare the specifications of the Galaxy J3 (2017) with those of the Galaxy J3 (2016) in the table below. If you want even more in-depth specifications of the Galaxy J3 (2017), you can do so by visiting this page.

Galaxy J3 (2017)Galaxy J3 (2016)
Display5-inch TFT, HD5-inch Super AMOLED, HD, Asahi Dragontrail Glass
Processor1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 7570 Quad, 64-bit1.5GHz 32-bit quad-core Spreadtrum SC9830 or 1.3GHz 32-bit quad-core Exynos 3475 Quad
RAM2GB/3GB1.5GB
Rear camera13-megapixel, autofocus, F1.7, LED Flash,1080p video recording8-megapixel, autofocus, F2.2, LED flash, 720p video recording
Front camera5-megapixel, fixed-focus, F2.2, 720p video recording8-megapixel/2-megapixel, fixed-focus, F2.2, 720p video recording
Storage16GB internal, expandable (up to 256GB)8GB internal, expandable (up to 128GB)
SoftwareAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop (upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
Battery2,400 mAh2,600 mAh
ConnectivityLTE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1/4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0 port, headphone jackLTE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1/4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0 port, headphone jack
Dimensions152.4 x 74.7 x 7.9 mm, 153 g142.3 x 71 x 7.9 mm, 173g
Color OptionsBlue, Black, Gold, PinkBlack, Gold, White
Phone Galaxy J3 (2016)Galaxy J3 (2017)
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