Samsung’s smartphones are sold worldwide, but there are some phones that the Korean manufacturer makes for Japanese carriers that never make it out of the land of the rising sun. However, that’s a tradition that has been broken by the Galaxy J, which has shied away from its NTT DoCoMo exclusivity and has been officially announced in Taiwan, just a few days after it was teased by Samsung.
The Galaxy J sports a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD cards, a 2,600mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean; it’s a cross between the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, and comes as a great option for those looking for a Samsung flagship that is up to date in specs but doesn’t come anywhere near phablet territory in terms of screen size. LTE connectivity is included as well, though that’s pretty much a given with a handset running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips.
Taiwanese consumers will be able to buy the Galaxy J in pink or white from mid-December, for 21,900 TWD ($740), with the first 150 consumers to buy the white version to get a free Galaxy Gear smartwatch. At the moment, there’s no telling whether Samsung will be kind enough to bring the Galaxy J to other markets – considering the top-of-the-line hardware and convenient screen size, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that they do.