Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) in the test: A bestseller that deserves more attention – Hardware Tests

The Samsung Galaxy J3 is one of the most popular smartphones of the manufacturer, mainly because of the very low price. Many potential buyers have therefore been waiting for the 2017er edition of the smartphone and the South Korean manufacturer has the device now been given a little more technology than in recent years. But what can the Galaxy J3 (2017)? We give you in our test answers to this question.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
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Cheapest offer: Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)

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Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Price and Availability

The Galaxy J3 (2017) was introduced in June this year from Samsung at a price of 219 euros. It is now well under 200 euros to have. In Germany, only the so-called DUOS variant is sold, which can handle two SIM cards. The smartphone are available in this version 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of main memory available, the latter can be expanded via microSD card. The Galaxy J3 (2017) is available in three colors: black, light blue and gold. Even the smallest smartphone in the J family supports the LTE network in Germany.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Design and workmanship

In this price range it is always difficult a particularly stunning design has to offer. Even the Galaxy J3 (2017) is no exception. Really original it is not, but rather classic, the rather focuses on good ergonomics. That works, not least because of the compact size, but also because of the rounded edges, making it fits comfortably in the hand.

Personally, I have mostly kept it with one hand and never had problems to reach all the buttons. The volume buttons on the left side are located at the right height, as is the power button on the left.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy j3 0795The Galaxy J3 (2017) can be very pleasant with one hand. / © AndroidPIT

Compared to the model from last year, it is x 8.2 mm become slightly larger with 143.2 x 70.3. The 2016er model had just 142.3 x 71 x 7.9 mm. Also the weight has increased slightly and now stands at 142 grams instead of 138 grams.

Unfortunately, this smartphone is not like its big brothers Galaxy J5 (2017) and J7 (2017) made entirely of metal. Only the central part on the back is made of the material, the rest is made of plastic. Up and down on the back there are still strips of plastic, also the antennas are accommodated.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy j3 0790Unfortunately, there is the Galaxy J3 (2017) only in part of metal. / © AndroidPIT

The rest is typical of the Galaxy J-series of Samsung. On the front we find the central Home button, which unfortunately does not serve as a fingerprint sensor. Competitors like Honor and Alcatel, however, provide those same even in this price range.

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AndroidPIT samsung galaxy j3 0807The smart phone can use two SIM cards and a microSD card simultaneously. / © AndroidPIT

Overall, the Galaxy J3 (2017) is a smartphone that brings few surprises in terms of design, but like for this price. The processing is not upset and the smartphone can even use two SIM cards and a microSD card, which many competitors in turn can not.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Display

The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) has a 5-inch HD display (720p, 279 ppi). Samsung makes here no experiments, and that should not surprise you. A full HD resolution would have surprised us in this price range, because a smartphone in this price range brings the often more harm than good.

Unfortunately, it is not a question here, however, as with the other J-models to an AMOLED panel, but a PLS TFT LCD panel (a cousin of IPS displays). This loses clear contrast and brightness. The color reproduction is worse than last year. The disappointed certainly, especially because the J3 of 2016 makes a better impression here.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy j3 0798No, this Samsung smartphone, unfortunately, has no AMOLED display. / © AndroidPIT

but the touch screen still works properly and the display is still clear and precise. Whether in the sun or shade, the Galaxy J3 (2017) has always responds accurately to the different lighting conditions and was easy to read.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Software

Of course, no Android comes on the Galaxy J3 (2017) 8.0 Oreo used because it has been published before the release of the latest version of Android. Chances are not all bad that the update makes its way next year on this smartphone. The Galaxy J3 (2016) was also supplied with Android 7.0 nougat.

By then, nougat runs at this year's model in the version 7.0 incl. Samsung Experience in version 8.1. The security patch level is dated August 2017th

The interface is typical Samsung without any special features. Either you like it or not. By default, shows the blue surface of the manufacturer and we find all the Samsung apps like music, videos, news front, and the Microsoft apps, social networks (eg Facebook) and Google Apps. Unfortunately, most of the preinstalled apps can only be disabled but not uninstalled.

AndroidPIT software galaxy j3 2017On the Galaxy J3 (2017) runs Android 7.0 nougat Samsung robe. / © AndroidPIT

The 16 GB of internal storage, 10 GB are actually only free will, most probably not last long. Therefore, we recommend investing in a microSD card. As long as the memory is not fully running, the Galaxy J3 (2017) works smoothly and apps open relatively quickly. I noticed no specific bugs during my tests. Of course, comes the Galaxy J3 (2017) sometimes its limits if your presents him too many tasks simultaneously. Below 200 euros purchase price would have anything to us but also a little surprised.

Also this smartphone is equipped with the Game Launcher which provides a few features in games like the A, S and Note series.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Performance

In Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) puts expected, a more restrained processor with Exynos 7570th This is a quad-core processor with a clock frequency of 1.4 GHz and 2 GB of RAM. Even if I'm repeating myself, the 16 GB of internal memory are sized rather scarce in this day and age, but can fortunately be expanded with a MicroSD card of up to 256 GB. Normally, the power of the Galaxy J3 (2017) is sufficient in everyday life. Much more one should not expect such a model as well.

In the table below you can watch get a picture of the benchmark results. As you will probably notice quickly, they are not necessarily the strength of the Galaxy J3 (2017).

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Benchmark Results

3D Mark Slingshot ES 3.13D Mark Slingshot ES 3.03DMark Ice Storm Unlimited ES 2.0Geekbench CPU - single coreGeekbench CPU - Multi-CorePC Mark Work PerformancePC Mark StorageGoogle Octane 2.0
Galaxy J3 (2017)781144360626185834453738


Moto G529857094586172507



Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Audio

Here, too, you should not expect miracles. The Galaxy J3 (2017) nor does his job, but more. It is equipped with a single speaker. This is unusual in the right margin just above the power button. This is not always pleasant, especially if you watch a video or want to play a game. but calls it enough anyway.

The same applies to the normal audio playback. The supplied headphones in the box can help out in an emergency, but do not provide for the best audio quality by far.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy j3 0814The J3 of the Galaxy (2017) speaker is located on an unfamiliar place. / © AndroidPIT

Calls went always smoothly. Even in more noisy environments the voice was always good to understand.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Camera

First, the facts: The Galaxy J3 (2017) is equipped with a 13 megapixel camera with a f / 1.9 aperture, auto focus and LED flash. On the front, the manufacturer uses a 5-megapixel sensor with f / 2.2 aperture and LED flash. At this price level quite normal equipment.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy j3 0821The camera as the camera of J7 (2017) 13 megapixels, but not is the same sensor. / © AndroidPIT

In practice, the J3 (2017) sees an average of good pictures. It's not the worst smartphone in this area, but of course not the best. Should you high value on good pictures put, this device is not suitable for you. A Moto G4 plus or a Huawei P8 Lite 2017 doing a better figure.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy j3 0802The front camera a bit disappointed. / © AndroidPIT

As long as the lighting is good, the camera of the Galaxy J3 (2017) has yet to produce any major difficulties decent pictures. but often there are missing details and the backgrounds are a bit bland. Very quickly, unfortunately the camera is not, but reacts quickly enough on the trigger and you can directly shoot several successive images. As soon as the lighting conditions worsen, however, pushes the Galaxy J3 (2017) to its limits, since the sensor can not capture enough light. The result: The images often are blurred and it turns out a lot of noise.

The front camera is not very good. Selfies could tolerate a little more sharpness. The flash should only be used deliberately because it causes often do more harm than anything else. Videos can be recorded in full HD. The quality of these is actually better than the photos.

AndroidPIT software camera galaxy j7 2017The camera app is good to use. / © AndroidPIT

Overall, however, disappointed the camera performance of the Galaxy J3 (2017) something cuts off better than the 2016er model.

In the gallery you can watch your own opinion of the quality:

  • Test shots of the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Battery

The battery life is one of the clear strengths of the Galaxy J3 (2017), if not the strength at all. The smartphone is powered by a 2400 mAh powerful battery permanently installed sufficient for a 5-inch screen with HD resolution. In the battery test, the Galaxy J3 (2017) held very good 12 hours by long.

The running time is a little worse than last year, but enough remains for a day of active use. Do you accept your smartphone does not permanently in hand, you can reach even without recharging a battery life of 2 days. The Samsung smartphone brings the same with two Akkusparmodi to improve the running time on.

Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy J3 (2017) does not support fast charging technology and has no USB Type-C connector. Unfortunately, the battery can, as mentioned above, can not be replaced. Since the predecessor was still at an advantage.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy j3 0810Although the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) has no USB Type-C, but at least one jack. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017): Technical Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
143.2 x 70.3 x 8.2 mm
142 g
2400 mAh
5 inches
1280 x 720 pixels (294 ppi)
5 megapixels
13 megapixels
7.0 - Nougat
2 GB
16 GB
Exynos 7570
HSPA, LTE, NFC, dual SIM, Bluetooth 4.2

final verdict

The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) is a good Android smartphone that is aimed at customers who are looking for a versatile, reliable and affordable smartphone. Even if it really stands out in any area except on the battery life, but fulfills its promise. The classic design, the reputation of the manufacturer and the round-running software are reasons for the continued success of the smartphone. We could have liked a few more changes to last year's model, such as the use of a fingerprint sensor.

The classic design, the reputation of the manufacturer and the round-running software are reasons for the continued success of the smartphone.

Should you be looking for a smartphone for under 200 euros, the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) could be the right one. but you should you even with the competition around, because the alternatives are numerous in this area (Moto G4, Honor 6X, Wiko View, etc.). These offer some more technique for the price, but not the brand name.

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