Samsung has launched its first smartphone for Android Go, Google’s light version of the Android mobile operating system. The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is an entry-level smartphone that incorporates some of the features of high-end phones in an affordable package.
Samsung has long been making budget Android phones and has been successful in selling these devices in developing countries like India. The introduction of the Galaxy J2 Core could be the first of many using the Android Go OS, which was created for entry-level smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy J2 Core “offers a complete smartphone experience, incorporating some of the key features available on high-end devices with improved battery, storage and performance that is particularly appealing to first time owners.”
Let’s take a look at the specs. The Galaxy J2 Core runs on the 1.4GHz Exynos 7570 quad-core chipset and offers 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. The device is powered by a 2,600mAh battery and features a 5-inch 960 x 540 TFT display.
The new smartphone is equipped with an 8MP main camera and 5MP selfie shooter – not too shabby for an entry-level device. Image enhancement features such as Beauty Mode allow you to take decent-looking portraits and selfies.
The phone promises lightning-quick processing power and performance, thanks to its pre-installed lightweight Android Go apps such as YouTube Go and Gmail Go.
The Galaxy J2 Core doesn’t seem to support 3G and 4G, according to Samsung’s press release, but can connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi. We will see in the coming days if this is true. It would be a real disappointment if this phone cannot use mobile data, which is how many smartphone users connect to the Internet.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is currently available in Malaysia and India, and will be launched in other countries in the next few weeks. No word as to the price, but several news outlets expect it to be below $100.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core Specs
- 1.4GHz Exynos 7570 quad-core chipset
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory
- 5-inch TFT 540 x 960 display
- 2,600mAh battery
- 8MP f/2.2 rear camera
- 5MP f/2.2 front camera
- Android Oreo (Go edition)
- Accelerometer, proximity sensors
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
- Bluetooth 4.2
- USB 2.0