Samsung’s and LG’s latest budget smartphone offerings could soon land on U.S. shores

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For budget-minded smartphone buyers, 2015 has already been an incredibly kind year. According to a report on VentureBeat, the year looks to get even sweeter for budget-minded folks with the Samsung Galaxy J3 and the LG K7.

Starting with the Samsung handset, it’s already available in China in the form of the weirdly-named Galaxy J3(6). The Galaxy J3 rumored to launch in the U.S. sometime next year should remain identical to its Chinese counterpart, with the handset sporting a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 resolution AMOLED display.

Elsewhere, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and 1.5GB of RAM should keep things chugging along nicely enough, while the 2,600mAh battery should keep the lights on for a bit. You’ll find a 5-megapixel camera on the back, while selfie lovers will have to live with the 2-megapixel shooter on the front. Finally, the Galaxy J3 looks to sport 16GB of internal memory, double the storage found in its Chinese counterpart.

According to the report, AT&T and Sprint, as well as Cricket Wireless, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile, will carry the Galaxy J3.

As for the LG K7, the budget-minded smartphone looks to pack a 5-inch, 854 x 480 resolution display. Taking a peek under the hood reportedly reveals a quad-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and 1.5GB of RAM powering the handset. On the storage front, the K7 only provides a measly 8GB of memory, with the report making no mention of possible expandable storage through a Micro SD card slot. Finally, the K7 is slated to include 5-megapixel cameras on the front and the back.

As for availability, the K7 will reportedly make its way to T-Mobile and “other U.S. carriers,” though we can assume that those other carriers likely include prepaid ones, given the K7’s budget status.

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