samsung galaxy j3 6

Remember that time when Samsung said it would cut down on the number of models it released? Well, a year later, it didn’t quite happen. Especially in the entry-level market, where Samsung is happily churning out new models, dumping old naming conventions for new and increasingly fanciful monikers.

Case in point, the Samsung Galaxy J3⑥, which just made its debut in China. Yes, the circled 6 is part of the actual name of the device. Our best guess is it has something to do with the auspicious nature the number 6 has in the Chinese culture. If we’re wrong – and we may very well be – we welcome an explanation.

The Galaxy J3⑥ comes with a 5-inch HD AMOLED display, a technology that so far, has been confined to the upper echelons of Samsung’s product line. The fact that AMOLED is making its way downrange could be a sign that Samsung is pulling all stops in its fight with the Chinese companies that have taken the entry-level market by storm. Two other premium features are rumored to be coming to cheap Samsung devices soon: Samsung Pay and fingerprint sensors.

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Other specs of the Galaxy J3⑥ include an unspecified quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, just 8GB of expandable storage, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and a generous 2,600 mAh battery.

The design of the Galaxy J3 ⑥ includes sculpted sides evoking the Galaxy S6, though this is a plastic construction, despite of the metallic appearance. Available in black, white, and the obligatory gold, the J3⑥ features a plastic rear cover. The device is 7.9 mm in thickness, which is quite good for a budget device.

The Galaxy J3⑥ runs TouchWiz, with a slew of additional apps available on demand.

For now, it appears that the Galaxy J3⑥ is exclusive to China Telecom, though we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung brought it elsewhere, perhaps with some minor modifications. No info on the official price just yet.

The Galaxy J3⑥ will go against phones from Motorola, Huawei, or Xiaomi, plus the OnePlus X (which we just reviewed), and a legion of other Chinese competitors.

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