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Samsung's Galaxy J smartphones get an S8-style makeover

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy J7, in black. (Source: Samsung)
The 2017 Samsung Galaxy J7, in black. (Source: Samsung)
All three phones in Samsung's affordable Galaxy J series have been updated with new specs and a refreshed appearance. The J3, J5, and J7 are coming to Europe this summer.

Samsung has announced a refresh of its Galaxy J line of affordable smartphones, which includes the J3, J5, and J7. The three devices feature an updated design and improved specs, and will be available over the next few months.

First up is the Samsung Galaxy J3, which probably sees the biggest changes. It now comes with an Exynos 7570 and 2 GB of memory, as well as 16 GB of storage. Unfortunately, the device suffers a downgrade in one area: its 5-inch screen. While its resolution remains at 720p, the display type has changed from Super AMOLED to LCD.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 both feature a faster Exynos 7870 processor. The J5 comes with 2 GB of memory, while the J7 has 3 GB; both include 16 GB of storage. Unlike the J3, both the J5 and J7 keep their Super AMOLED displays, which measure 5.2 inches and 5.5 inches, and feature 720p and 1080p resolutions, respectively. Both phones include two 13-megapixel cameras—one front- and one rear-facing, as well as a fingerprint reader.

Design-wise, the higher-tier J5 and J7 feature an edge-to-edge display and a curved rectangular body that try to evoke the look of their premium sibling, the Galaxy S8. The lowly J3, while also featuring a similar shape, has a display with visible albeit thin bezels. All three phones come in two colors: black and gold.

Of the three, the J3 is already available, at least in the US. However, it will arrive in Europe until August, at a price of €219. The J5 and J7 have not yet been announced for the US; the former will hit European retailers later this month, with the J7 following in July. The suggested retail prices for those two devices will be €279 and €339, respectively.


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John Garcia, 2017-06- 7 (Update: 2017-06- 7)