Samsung just announced its latest budget smartphone, the Galaxy J2, successor to the Galaxy J1 announced in January this year. Priced at Rs.8490 ($130USD), this is one of the phones Samsung developed in India itself.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 is powered by a 1.3GHz Exynos 3475 processor with 1 GB of RAM. The phone also features 8 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. Coming to the front, the phone has a 4.7 inch 960 x 540 pixels qHD Super AMOLED display. The phone sports a 5 MP rear facing camera and a 2 MP front facing camera. The battery included has a capacity of 2,000 mAh, which should last for a day at least.
Out of the box, the phone runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with Samsung’s TouchWiz running on top. The phone is 4G LTE enabled and also has two SIM card slots. Samsung is also touting the new Ultra Data Saving Mode, which is powered by Opera Max, and it promises upto 50% data savings in video streaming and 40% savings in social apps. Considering the phone is targeted at the budget market in India, this feature might come in quite handy.
Perhaps one of the main competitors at this price point is the Moto E, which is actually about Rs.1500 ($23USD) cheaper than the Galaxy J2. The Moto E too supports 4G LTE, which is one of the selling points of the Galaxy J2. Apart from the Moto E, the market is flooded with similarly priced phones by manufacturers such as Micromax and Karbonn.
Another concern with the Samsung Galaxy J2 is Samsung’s history with providing updates to its lower end devices or rather, the lack of it. Also, TouchWiz tends to run slowly on lower end devices, a problem the Moto E doesn’t have since its software is almost stock Android. The Galaxy J2 also shows Samsung’s tendency to flood the market with many devices – the Galaxy J2 comes less than a year after its predecessor.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 will be available for sale on September 21. At the time of this writing, Samsung hasn’t yet listed the device on its site.Via: SamMobile
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