Design and build
The Galaxy J3 Pro is a big step forward for the J5 and J3 series this year. Now it is rectangular and flatter, the rear part is rotating. The removable lid is made of plastic and looks like a metal plate in the distance. Behind the flat back there is the removable battery, microSD and two SIM slots.
All pages are round and have a Samsung button design with power on the right and volume controls on the opposite side. The microUSB connector is located on the bottom, while the speaker on the back can be easily cushioned.
No fingerprint reader is installed in the start button and no navigation key lights up. The proximity sensor is located at the top of the 5 megapixel selfie camera. As usual, the Galaxy J3 Pro does not have an auto light sensor or a similar ambience as the J3 and following. But we do not complain here because it’s obviously part of the company’s cost reduction.
If it was not about plastic construction, the Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro is definitely a great budget phone that we dream of. However, design changes are improvements we are looking for.
With a 5-inch Super AMOLED and a relatively low Retina resolution, the overall performance is powerful and saturated, but with lower brightness.
Again, there is no light or surround sensor that allows you to control the brightness manually. It’s a bit disappointing to know the Pro model, but it’s not a big break factor for us as it has an external mode and a good AMOLED.
The 8 megapixel main camera combined with a LED flash on the back ensures beautiful photos with beautiful colors in daylight. It is at night that the camera fights especially in noise control. In general, the camera is pretty decent for its price.
Although the 5 megapixel selfie camera supports ornaments, auto image photos are much softer and less clear. Again, it is expected that there is nothing spectacular in this frugal phone.
Performance and benchmark
The Pro label justifies the equipment under the hood. The Galaxy J3 Pro is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable memory, which is a better overall configuration than the Spreadtrum and 1.5GB of RAM in the 2016 Galaxy J3.
In terms of performance and benchmark, the Galaxy J3 Pro does the job without stuttering. We’ve just noticed that opening applications and multitasking is slower compared to the Galaxy J5, even if you can play NBA 2K16 with a low graphical configuration. The Antutu benchmark is 28,500, which is expected for its chipset.
Battery and charge
The battery capacity for the J3 Pro is 2600mAh and has not increased compared to the 2016 J3, but so far the battery life is stable and can last a moderate day of use.
The charge is a bit slow at 2 hours and 40 minutes with the 1A power supply.
Release date in the Philippines
Display: 5 inches HD 720p Super AMOLED, 293ppi
Design: metal imitation, plastic frame, scratch resistant
Size: 8mm thick, 139g in weight
CPU: Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core 1.2 GHz processor
GPU: Adreno 306 graphics
RAM: 2 GB
Memory: 16 GB of internal memory + 64 GB microSD card
Camera: 8 megapixel main camera, LED flash, 1080p FHD video
Selfie: 5MP front video, HD
Connectivity: 4G LTE, Dual SIM, WLAN n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Connection: microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
Audio: rear mono trigger speaker, standard
Battery: 2600mAh, removable
Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop, software update in Marshmallow
Colors: silver gray, gold
Price: P7.500 ($ 160) PRS in the Philippines
Publication date: June 2016 in South Korea, availability from July to August in the Philippines