The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro was announced in June 2016 as a budget smartphone exclusively for China. It is a more powerful version of the Galaxy J3. Let’s discuss what makes this such a killer budget device. You get a lot out of it from the $150 price in China.
Body & Display
The Galaxy J3 Pro comes in an all-metal body which gives it a rather premium look and feel. It comes with a 5” HD 720p display which should be good enough for a sharp viewing experience. If Apple can offer a 720p “Retina Display” in a 4.7” phone, you can bet the Galaxy J3 Pro’s display will be good enough, too!
While megapixels have generally gone up, general image quality isn’t improving as fast. The Galaxy J3 Pro offers a 8MP rear camera with flash and a 5MP front camera but, again, expect middling image quality as this is a low-cost device.
The Snapdragon 410 is a quad-core 1.2GHz chip which when combined with a 2GB RAM (compared to 1.5GB in Galaxy J3) will get you through basic tasks with a couple of apps running in the background, but that’s about it. Android also tends to get slower with time, and the effect is worse on low-end chips like the 410. But again, you understand this since this is a low-budget smartphone, right? 16GB of internal storage is expandable to 128GB so that’s nice, at least.
It comes with a competitive, removable 2600mAh battery, as well.
It’s a little outdated, but at least it performs well. Android 5.1 Lollipop isn’t the bleeding edge of Android, but it’s a solid, stable operating system. You won’t really be missing any of the big new features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow here. Don’t expect an upgrade either, as low-end phones in specific markets often don’t make the cut.