Samsung has released 2016 version of budget and mid-range smartphones like the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy J1, Galaxy A9, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, and the latest to join the long list is the Galaxy J3 (2016). The new entry-level smartphone has been released in India, but it will face stiff competition from other budget handsets currently available in the market.
The Galaxy J3 (2016) is exclusively available on Snapdeal for Rs. 8,990, and it comes in gold, white and black colours. The 2015 version of the device did well in the market, which is why Samsung has come up with another version, but it won't be easy for the newly-launched handset to beat the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Lenovo K4 Note, LeEco Le 1s, Asus Zenfone Max and others.
Samsung has introduced a new feature called S bike mode in the Galaxy J3 (2016). It tracks the movement of the device and doesn't allow callers to disturb the user while riding. Callers will get automatic reply that the device user is on the road and ask them to call later. There is also an option to leave a message or override the S bike mode in case of an emergency.
Everything about the Galaxy J3 (2016) sounds impressive, but it won't be easy to compete with devices like the Lenovo K4 Note, LeEco Le 1s, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Asus Zenfone Max and a few others, as these devices though cost a little more (priced between Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 11,999), are superior (from screen size to specifications).
But in an emerging and price-conscious market like India, even a few hundred rupees' difference can be reflected in sales. With decent specifications and S bike mode features, the Galaxy J3 (2016) may find buyers, especially two-wheeler owner.
The device sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 720x1,280 pixels (294 ppi pixel density), measures 142.3x71x7.9 mm in dimension, and weighs 138 g. Under the hood, it has a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, an 8GB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 128GB), a 1.5GB RAM, an 8MP main camera, a 5MP front-snapper and a 2,600mAh battery.
In terms of connectivity, it supports 4G-LTE network, Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz), NFC, USB v2.0, and GPS/GLONASS.