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Samsung is tight-lipped on its upcoming devices but it is expected to announce a few mid-range handsets before the end of this year, and one of them is the Galaxy J3 (2017). The company hasn't officially announced the release date of the device but a leaked press render has indicated that it will be launched on December 1.

Samsung's upcoming device with model number SM-J327P, believed to be the Galaxy J3 (2017), has received the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification and been cleared by the Chinese telecom equipment certification authority TENAA, giving a hint that its release date is not far.

[READ: Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) launch imminent as it passes FCC]

The Galaxy J3 (2016) was unveiled in November last year it was released into the market in January this year, so its successor is also expected to be announced at around the same time.

The Galaxy J3 (2017) will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocking 1.4GHz, run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system, and come packed with a 2GB RAM, according to Geekbench benchmarking site. However, TENAA has listed the device with a 5-inch screen, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 16GB internal storage and a 2GB RAM.

It is also reported that the device will feature an 8MP main camera and house a 2,600mAh battery.

The Galaxy J3 (2016) sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 720x1,280 pixels (294 ppi pixel density), is powered by a Spreadtrum SC8830 processor, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. It also features an 8GB/16GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card), a 2GB RAM, an 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash, a 5MP front-snapper, and a 2,600mAh battery.