- Analysis by KJ David
Like a ton of other entry-level 2018 smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy J3 2018 is powered by a rudimentary engine, particularly, an Exynos 7570 quad-core processor running at 1.4GHz , which undoubtedly shudders in comparison to the low-cost eight-core engines used by some of its competitors. By the way, don't forget to check out this Phonerated list of the best octa-core smartphones. At the very least, its forenamed engine is accompanied by a decent (by low-end standards) 2GB RAM.
The entry-level J3 2018 sports a run-of-the-mill 8-megapixel camera equipped with just the essentials, including autofocus and an LED flash. Sitting on the opposite side is an old-fashioned 5-megapixel selfie camera whose lack of autofocus and a frontal flash function throws it among the miserable selfie cams of several other introductory-class prepaid smartphones -- explore some popular AT&T-carried phones here.
In spite of those cons, this 2018 edition of the Galaxy J3 also managed to squeeze some pros into its list of specs, the biggest of them being its 16GB storage expandable by a maximum of 256GB , which, as of this technical review, was rarely-seen on the entry-level scene.
It also comes with a bunch of inbuilt applications that try to counteract its setbacks on the hardware front. These include Samsung's trademark Bixby personal assistant , pre-integrated with Bixby Vision, a visual search engine enabling users to pull up information about items by snapping a quick photo of them, and Bixby Home. Also, the Samsung KNOX is at the helm of its security features, working in conjunction with its Secure Folder app.
This 2018 edition of the Galaxy J3 feeds off an unimpressive (in terms of raw capacity) 2600mAh battery that somehow promises above average stress test scores, such as an 18.7-hour talk time (1122 minutes) and a 63-hour music playback time , the former being over 30 percent higher than the average value as we were sifting through its pros and cons. Keep in mind, though, that these figures hardly pose a threat to those of the best big-battery phones.
Keeping with its budget-tier profile, the Galaxy J3 2018 sports a modest 5-inch TFT display, but at least its HD-720p definition is not as paltry as the 480p (WVGA) or 540p (qHD) offered by a lot of tantamount models.
With the Android 8.0 Oreo rounding out its pros and cons, Samsung's Galaxy J3 2018 is a relatively well-rounded starter-class smartphone for those who are only just learning the ropes of the Android world.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung J3 2018, Samsung SM-J337A
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