Samsung has recently launched the Galaxy J3 Emerge low-end smartphone that runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The phone has just received the WiFi certification, and soon it will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Another smartphone with slightly better specs, Galaxy J3 (2017), was also WiFi certified, but Samsung hasn’t announced it yet.
Low-end smartphones are very popular in third world countries, where the minimum wage is very low and only a few people afford to buy flagships. The Galaxy J3 Emerge that was recently leaked on GFXBench was officially released on January 6 and it comes with a 5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset that’s powered by an octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and which is backed by an Adreno 505 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. Also, it has an internal memory of 16GB, which supports expansion, and the cameras have resolutions of 5MP and 2MP, respectively. As for the battery, it has a capacity of 2,600mAh and it’s removable.
As for the Galaxy J3 (2017), it bears the model number SM-J327 and it has almost the same specs as the Galaxy J3 Emerge, only that it supports 2GB of RAM. The device hasn’t been announced yet, but rumors suggest that it will be available in three variants of colors: White, Black and Gold and it will come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The device is expected to be updated to Nougat shortly after it will be released.
Nougat is heading to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 as well, as Samsung has started soak testing the update and a small number of units have received the firmware. However, the official rollout of the Nougat update will begin next week, on January 17, and this date was leaked in a screenshot taken by a user who speaks Spanish.