Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

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Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)'s screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat) operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 14.5 days standby time, 1320 minutes (2G), 660 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Reviews (5.3/10 Avg. rating)


Value driven

from GSMArena
Even though the J3 (2016) is a basic package, there is still a lot to like about the value-conscious handset, even though it reminds us how little has changed in Samsung's strategy in the low-end in past couple of years. Actually, the latter point will be illustrated even better by some of the J3's competitors and how far they've come. But even with its basic hardware, the phone still has one undisputed draw - the colorful Super AMOLED display, which not too long ago was actually out of reach for even midrangers... Full review

This is how Samsung challenges other affordable models

from LaptopMedia
The Samsung Galaxy J lineup cannot boast with the same premium looks of the Galaxy S or Galaxy A models, but compensates this with a price that’s easy on your budget. This is exactly the case with the Galaxy J3 (2016) which comes at a reasonable price and, at the same time, provides all necessary features for a mid-range smartphone. Such components are the 5″ Super AMOLED HD display with high contrast and detailed image. Also impressing is the battery which performed more than well in our tests, despite its not so great capacity... Full review

Genuinely affordable

from TechRadar
The Samsung Galaxy J3 is an 'almost-there' budget phone which looks and feels right, but makes a few sacrifices in the wrong places. And the one that crops up the most is something that sounds almost trifling: the lack of an auto brightness setting. This means you have to change the screen intensity manually every time you go out, and may set the screen too bright a lot of the time, reducing stamina... Full review
PC Magazine

Affordable, long battery life, latest Android software

from PC Magazine
For the price, the Samsung Galaxy J3 offers fantastic battery life, solid build quality, and a crisp display. The camera isn't so great and all that bloatware is a bummer, but you can't ask for much more from a $170 carrier phone... Full review

Another great budget phone from Samsung

from Alphr
The Samsung Galaxy J3 is a great budget smartphone. It’s reasonably well made and has a great screen that leaves me wondering why more manufacturers don’t specify AMOLED panels on their cheap handsets... Full review
Expert Reviews

Still can't beat the Moto G

from Expert Reviews
The Samsung Galaxy J3 is certainly a respectable budget smartphone for £150, but with very little difference compared to the Galaxy J5 in terms of price - just £10 at the time of writing - I can't think of any reason why you'd pick this instead. Both have an excellent display, but the Galaxy J5 is faster, longer lasting and has a far superior camera, making it much better value overall... Full review
Fone Arena

Good display, decent battery life, average performance

from Fone Arena
The Galaxy J3 (2016) is just an average budget 4G smartphone from Samsung. It comes with a good Super AMOLED display for the price, has 4G support and has unique S bike mode along with NFC, but Samsung has missed out the ambient light sensor for auto brightness adjustment, yet again and the performance is also not the best. Even though these is an 8-megapixel camera, the quality could have been better and just 4GB of usable storage is definitely not enough... Full review
Phone Scoop

Simple phone that doesn't necessarily aim high

from Phone Scoop
The J3 has a conservative design and average build, but it is easy to hold and use. The removable battery and memory card will be a benefit to many. The screen is above par for this class of device, as is battery life. I found call quality so-so and saw less-than-stellar performance from the Bluetooth and GPS radios. The Android user interface is functional and feature-rich, though some may dislike Samsung's customizations... Full review


After many years using a Samsung Galaxy "S3"and having nothing but trouble with them. I had REPLACED 4 in 3 years time and finally they AT&T told me about the J3. I've only had it for one month it is already proving to be 100% better than the Galaxy "S3" could ever be. And for just under $8.00+tax per month it's a guaranteed hit so far. I'd like to be able to type as fast as I can but with the S3 that was not possible because each on e had the same problem, the keys would stick.

I have had mine for about 6 months and the screen has already gone out.  I have resisted getting a touch phone for a long time after the last one I had went out in three months.  As I need this phone for work this is a big disappointment.
I have had mine for about 6 months and the screen has already gone out.  I have resisted getting a touch phone for a long time after the last one I had went out in three months.  As I need this phone for work this is a big disappointment. Less


***Is Samsung Bankrupt?*** After the Note 7 disaster and replacement phones, customers are left on the hook for any future issues. Warranties do not transfer over to replacement phones... After speaking with a high-level Samsung Executive the only solution is to take your phone for a 10-day diagnostic, leaving you with nothing. When asked about a loaner phone for the customers that have been through all the headaches of Note 7 Samsung Executive hides behind policies saying "It is Samsungs policy not to give loaner phones" when asked to see the policy on exploding cell phones there was no comment. Which leads me to ask did the flagship Note 7 sink Samsung???


Mad as hell

I got this phone less then six months ago. And I literally dropped once. And the Damon screen broke. And that was with a protective case on it not impressed
I got this phone less then six months ago. And I literally dropped once. And the Damon screen broke. And that was with a protective case on it not impressed Less

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Full Specs

Release date January 15, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8916 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.22 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 840 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 660 minutes
3G Surfing Time 540 minutes
4G Surfing Time 660 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1320 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 14.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm
(5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 136 grams
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Sound & Shot
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook Messenger, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft PowerPoint, OneDrive, Uber)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime, SM-J320, Galaxy Express Prime

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