In mid-March, a leak suggested that Samsung's Galaxy J3 (2016) would be headed to AT&T. The carrier has now confirmed this to be the case, and has detailed both the cost and the release date of the budget device.
The newer version of the Galaxy J3 has already been available for quite a while, with both Virgin and Boost Mobile having carried the handset since January. Announced prior to the new Galaxy J5 and J7, the J3 (2016) is a sturdy competitor even though it's not exactly blessed with strong hardware.
Where budget devices used to scrimp beyond recognition, the Galaxy J3 isn't too bad at all. You get a 5-inch, 720 x 1280 display, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip, 1.5 GB of RAM and LTE support. The 16 GB of in-built storage can be boosted by means of the microSD slot, and Samsung has equipped the back and front of the handset with respective 5 and 2-megapixel shooters. Meanwhile, the 2600 mAh battery should keep those lights on for a substantial length of time.
The device will go on sale from May 6th at a cost of $5.67 per month, payable over 30 months through AT&T's Next 24 installment plan. Software-wise, the J3 gets the aging Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, though users can also reap the benefits of Samsung's baked-in KNOX security suite.