The trio was unveiled earlier this week, bringing to an end months of rumors about the new Galaxy J 2017 series. Just like it happened last year, the new Galaxy J3 2017, Galaxy J5 2017 and Galaxy J7 2017 have kept up with the history that has seen the J series see such huge success. They are powerful, stylish and most importantly, affordable.
Just like the rumors had put it, the Galaxy J 2017 series dons a stylish metallic body and hardware specs that promise enhanced performance, improved photography and a bunch of other upgrades. So far, Samsung has confirmed that the J series is one of its leading products in Europe and with the new Galaxy J3 2017, Galaxy J5 2017 and Galaxy J7 2017, the tech giant is hopeful that not only will the European market be captured, but also other markets across the globe.
At the bottom end of things is the Galaxy J3 2017. This phone has a 5-inch TFT display with a 720p (HD) resolution. Under the hood, the handset packs a company-made Exynos 7570 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz and this is paired with a RAM of 2GB alongside expandable 16GB of internal storage. The back camera has a 13MP shooter with a large f/1.9 aperture, AF, LED flash and ability to record up to 1080p videos. For selfies, there’s a 5MP lens that is accompanied by a LED flash.
To keep the lights on is a 2400mAh battery unit and for the software, you get the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. For the Galaxy J5 2017, the screen size shifts to 5.2 inches (Super AMOLED) but the resolution remains at 720p. The specs under the hood include an in-house Exynos 7870 octa-core clocked at 1.6GHz and paired with a RAM of 2GB. The storage is the same as the Galaxy J3 2017 (although there’s a high-end 3GB RAM and 32GB storage option) and so is the software, but the cameras get a major bump, with a 13MP lens, f/1.7 aperture, LED flash and 1080p video recording on the back alongside a 13MP lens with f/1.9 aperture, fixed-focus and LED flash on the front. But being slightly bigger in size and features, the phone also gets a better 3000mAh battery unit as well as a fingerprint scanner.
The high-end Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 packs an even bigger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display screen with a better 1080p (Full HD) resolution. Under the hood, there are some similarities to the Galaxy J5 2017, including the same Exynos 7870 octa-core SoC at the same clock speed and 16GB/32GB of expandable storage, but the RAM has been upped to 3GB.
The main camera has a 13MP lens with an f/1.7 aperture, AF and LED flash, but you’ll love the front camera, which carries the same 13MP lens with fixed focus, but the aperture is slightly smaller at f/1.9. You also don’t need to worry about capturing those selfies at night because the Galaxy J7 2017 also features a LED flash on the selfie camera.
It gets even better when it comes to the battery, where you get a massive 3600mAh unit and like the J5 2017, you also get a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. The J7 2017 runs on the latest Nougat OS out of the box and like the other J 2017 series handsets; you get the same microUSB port for connectivity.
In terms of pricing and availability, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy J5 2017 will be the first to be released later this month before the J7 2017 comes in later in July. As for the Galaxy J3 2017, it won’t hit European stores before August. As you can see, these availability details are for the European market, where the J3 2017 will be priced at €219 (Ksh 25,500), the J5 2017 at €279 (Ksh 32,500) and the J7 2017 at €339 (Ksh 39,500).
The phones will be sold in black and gold color variants. Keep following and we’ll let you know when they are available in other markets, including here in Kenya.