Samsung Galaxy J3 vs Samsung Galaxy J5: budget phablets from Korea

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Samsung had released a handful of budget Android smartphones in India, especially under the Galaxy J range. In July last year, the brand launched the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 as its first smartphones to boast LED flash units at front to deliver better selfies under low light-conditions. After the selfie-focused Galaxy J5 and J7, the company in September launched a budget 4G-enabled device in the J series called the Galaxy J2 in the country. The vendor recently unveiled the Samsung Galaxy J3 in China, and is expected to bring it to India very soon.
The Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J3 are both among the best contenders of the budget devices from the company. They share quite a few specifications including the price range. If you are planning to buy any one of these phones, let’s put their specs on the table to find out how they stand against each other.

Samsung Galaxy J3 vs Samsung Galaxy J5: comparison of budget 4G phablets


Talking about the design first, the Samsung Galaxy J3 sports a metallic frame, measures 7.9mm around the waist, and tips the scale at 138 grams. The Samsung Galaxy J5 on the other hand sports a plastic design with chrome finish edges. The phone features a waistline of 8.5mm and weighs slightly higher than the Galaxy J3 at 149 grams. Overall, with the Chrome finish edges, the Galaxy J5 looks much more appealing than the J3.

Display and OS

The Samsung Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J5, both the smartphones offer 5-inch Super AMOLED 1,280 x 720p resolution displays with pixel density of 294ppi. So when it comes to the media viewing, both the smartphones offer similar experience. On the software-front, the Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J5, both were released running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with the TouchWiz UI on top. There’s no word if they will be getting the Android Marshmallow update anytime soon.


The Samsung Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J5, both are powered by 1.2GHz quad-core processors. Their performance is further enhanced by 1.5-gigabytes of RAM. They deliver smooth lag-free user experience and decent gaming experience. Storage capacity on both is also the same 8-gigabytes, which users can further increase up to 128GB by adding a microSD card.


Coming to the camera, the Samsung Galaxy J3 gets an 8-megapixel primary snapper, aided by an LED flash and full HD video recording. The Galaxy J5 on the other hand sports a much better 13-megapixel primary camera with an LED flash, autofocus and 1080p recording. For selfies and video calling, the Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J5 offer 5-megapixel secondary shooters. However, the Galaxy J5 has an LED flash unit for the front camera, which offers better quality selfies than the Galaxy J3.

Connectivity and battery

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J5, both offer support for Indian 4G LTE networks, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB 2.0 and A-GPS. The Galaxy J5 also gets an addition USB on the go connectivity option. When it comes to the battery, the Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J5, both smartphones are fueled by 2,600mAh units.


The Samsung Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J5 are not really that different. They offer the same screen sizes, display resolution, software features, configuration, storage capacity, connectivity options, and the same connectivity options. However, the Galaxy J5 sports a more appealing design than the Galaxy J3, and comes with excellent camera specifications with LED flash for the front camera. The Samsung Galaxy J5 has been priced at Rs 11,999, while the Galaxy J3 is expected to be priced in India around Rs 9,000. The Galaxy J5 costs slightly higher than the Galaxy J3, but delivers better selfie experience for these extra thousand bucks.

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