No we haven’t made a typo, Chinese telecommunications regulatory authority TENAA has indeed certified the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017). We can’t help but wonder why Samsung has sent the device to TENAA as going by its name, the handset isn’t likely to go on sale until early next year.
Two versions of the Galaxy J3 (2017) have received TENAA certification – the SM-J3110 and the SM-J3119. The former is expected to be the international version while the latter is likely to be a version meant for the Chinese market.
The smartphone will include a 5.1” Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 HD resolution on the international variant and 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution on the China specific variant, which will be sold by China Telecom. Under the hood, the handset is expected to be powered by a quad-core chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM. It will also include 16GB of internal storage, which will be further expandable via a microSD card slot. At the back, the smartphone is equipped with an 8MP camera at the back which is capable of recording videos at up to 1080p resolution. For taking selfies, the Galaxy J3 (2017) will have a 5MP front-facing camera. The battery inside is going to be a 2600mAh battery, which is pretty decent.
Overall, the above specs do not seem very impressive to us, especially considering the fact that the handset is expected to go on sale only by early next year. Connectivity features haven’t been detailed in the TENAA listing, except confirming that the handset is 4G LTE compatible. No info on the release date either, but going by its name, we think the smartphone could be launched next year. However, the handset being certified by TENAA so early does make us wonder if Samsung plans to launch it by the end of this year.