Samsung’s flagships are some of the best in the world, but can the same be said for their other phones?
The company has unveiled its first ultra low-end Android Go phone, called the Galaxy J2 Core. Just like the other Android Go phones, this one comes with a toned down version of Android, with lighter resource usage and not a lot of features. You still get a 3.5mm headphone jack and 4G support though.
The phone was leaked earlier this week when color renders of the J2 Core surfaced on the interwebs, all but confirming its design.
Design and Hardware
It has a 5 inch 960 x 540 resolution LCD screen, with a power button and volume button on the sides. The design is reminiscent of old-school Samsung smartphones.
On the inside, it has an Exynos 7570 quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage, which is expandable via a microSD card slot.
It features Android Oreo Go Edition with smaller and lighter apps, optimized specifically for low-end phones. It has a Samsung UI on top, a first for Go Edition phones.
With the Android 9.0 Pie’s release, Google also unveiled Android Pie Go edition for the low-end phones. Unfortunately, the Galaxy J2 Core does not come with Android Pie Go Edition, it makes do with the older Android Oreo Go instead.
Also, this doesn’t mean you get stock Android on the J2 Core, Samsung has outfitted the phone with its own UI on top of the Android Go layer. We’ll have to see how it works out for Samsung as their UI has been generally not so resource friendly.
Camera, Battery and Price
Lastly, it features an 8 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP shooter up front, with a 2,600 mAh battery under the hood.
Samsung did not reveal the price for the J2 Core, but it’s supposed to be below $100 (Galaxy J2’s price in India). The phone will be available in India and Malaysia with an international release expected in the coming months.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core Specifications
- CPU: 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53
- GPU: Mali-T720 MP1
- Chipset: Samsung Exynos 7570
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition) with Samsung UI
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
- 5″ LCD with qHD (960 x 540) resolution
- RAM: 1 GB
- Internal: 8 GB
- Card slot: yes
- Primary: 8 MP with LED flash
- Secondary: 5 MP
- Connectivity: microUSB, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi,
- Battery: 2,600 mAh
- Expected Price: Below $100