Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro was released in June 2016, however, the phone has only been available in China.
Given that it’s a budget phone, it is strange that Sammy has taken quite some time before making the Galaxy J3 Pro available in markets where budget devices are usually in high demand. This is true because it’s only now that this handset can be purchased in India, close to a year since it was made official.
One possible reasoning behind this huge delay in making Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro available outside China could be because the phone is also known as Samsung Galaxy J3 2017. Well, this makes some sense out of the latest release date of the phone in India, but it’ll still be known by its original name in this Indian market. Here, the phone will be valued at Rs 8490, which is about ksh 13,500.
Even though the two Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro variants in the market right now share the same name, they have one major difference – the Indian model is powered by a Spreadtrum quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz while the Chinese variant has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core clocked at 1.2GHz. As for the rest of the specs, they remain the same.
These include a 5-inch Super AMOLED display screen with an HD resolution, 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, an 8MP back camera with autofocus, HDR and LED flash as well as a 5MP shooter. Both versions of Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro also ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is quite disappointing from Samsung since it’s same as the Galaxy J3 2016, but Sammy adds more to the Indian version, including S Bike Mode and Ultra Data Saving mode (UDS). To keep the Galaxy J3 Pro alive is a 2600mAh battery unit, which is charged via a microUSB 2.0 port.
At the moment, you can grab the Galaxy J3 2016 from Jumia for ksh 12,500. But if the Galaxy J3 Pro or rather Galaxy J3 2017 (looking at the few upgrades) hits local stores at below ksh 14,000, the slight improvements it comes with are worth the wait, if you are a fan of the J3 series.