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Samsung announces Galaxy J in Taiwan

Samsung officially announced the Galaxy J in Taiwan, bringing the high-end phone to a second country outside of Japan for the first time. Read on for more!
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December 10, 2013
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Samsung officially announced the Galaxy J in Taiwan, bringing the high-end phone to a second country outside of Japan for the first time.

The Samsung Galaxy J first came out in Japan a few months ago, but is now coming to Taiwan later this month. The phone will land on all of the three major carriers in the country, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, and FarEasTon, and will cost about $740 (21,900 TWD) unlocked.

With it’s 5-inch 1080p display and rounded rectangular shape the Galaxy J looks like a somewhat smaller Galaxy Note 3 at first. But the white or pink plastic back and lack of a stylus prove the Galaxy J is more of an upgraded Galaxy S4 than a smaller Note 3. The Galaxy J sits somewhere between the two flagship phones.

Notably, the design of Galaxy J is closer to the Galaxy Note 3 than the Galaxy S4. While the phone still appears to be made out of plastic, it seems Samsung is committed to the rounded rectangle design of the Note 3. This could signal a new design trend from Samsung that will help distinguish the Galaxy line from other smartphones. Although Samsung did knock Apple in its ads for using the same designs for the iPhone 4 and 4S, so this could just be a design trend for the current generation of phones until the Galaxy S5 comes out.

Inside the Samsung Galaxy J is a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM like the Galaxy Note 3. The phone has a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera, the same as both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. Because the Galaxy J is closer in size to the Galaxy S4 it has a 2600 mAh battery as opposed to the massive 3200 mAh battery in the Galaxy Note 3. Check out the hands on video below, courtesy Engadget. Yes, it’s in Chinese.

Hands on Video

Of course, the Galaxy J supports LTE and NFC. It’s hard to say what storage capacity the phone has, but there is a microSD card slot for those who prefer expandable storage options.

While the Samsung Galaxy J is now available in a second country, it’s doubtful that we’ll ever see the phone in the U.S. Samsung produces myriad devices that never make it to the U.S. for a variety of reasons. This one could potentially cause some confusion with other high-end Galaxy devices, and would be hard for carriers to price with both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 already on the market.

Would you consider buying the Galaxy J if it did come to the U.S.?