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Leading smartphone-maker Samsung is reportedly planning to launch popular budget phone Galaxy J3 (2016) series in Europe.

Samsung has begun listing Galaxy J3 (2016) in the official consumer support pages of Italy and Spain. The company's Netherlands arm has gone a step ahead by revealing the key features of the device, hinting that Galaxy J3 (2016) will finally hit stores in Europe.

In a related development, a Germany-based e-commerce firm Notebooksbilliger has revealed that Galaxy J3 (2016) will cost €189 ($212/Rs 14, 182) and has started taking pre-orders, reported SamMobile.

However, there is no official word from Samsung on when exactly the Galaxy J3 (2016) will be made available in retail stores (both online and brick-and-mortar shops).

For the uninitiated, the Galaxy J3 (2016) series was first unveiled in China in November. It garnered overwhelming response in China and that's probably why Samsung is making arrangements in Europe.

Earlier this week, popular Twitter spy Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) claimed that Galaxy J3 (2016) is on the way to the American market via network carrier AT&T.

Read more: AT&T Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) release date, spec, price: Images leaked ahead of launch

Galaxy J3 (2016) sports a 5.0-inch HD super AMOLED screen and comes packed with 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 128GB), a 2600mAh battery, an 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP snapper on the front.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Key features of Galaxy J3 (2016):

Model Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
Display 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) super AMOLED screen
  • Pixel density: 294 ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Android software
Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU
Storage 8GB, expandable up to 128GB
  • Main: 8MP camera with LED flash, autofocus, full HD video recording
  • Front: 5MP camera
Battery 2600mAh;Standby time: close to 330 hours
Network 4G-LTE
Add-ons Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz), NFC, USB v2.0, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
Dimensions 142.3 x 71.0 x 7.9 mm
Weight 138 g
Price €189 ($212/Rs 14, 182)