After a long pause, the Korean manufacturer has once again released a budgetary phone in the month of October 2017. Similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy J2 (2017) is an entry-level smartphone from Samsung. The phone is also a compact device that can be carried easily and performs basic smartphone functions. The quad-core phone comes with a 1GB of RAM and an average performing battery. The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and targets lower budgetary segment consumers from the Android market.
The phone also encompasses dual-SIM that are enabled with 4G and limited bands that support VoLTE. It comes enabled with a quite a good number of sensors. The latest 2017 smartphone is available in two colors- Metallic Gold and Absolute Black.
“A compact reasonably priced device with the complex functionality of a smartphone” is what defines the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2017). The device comes with a screen size of 4.7-inches which is of QHD Super AMOLED display and hosts a resolution of 540*960 pixels. The display size is smaller compared to its predecessor Galaxy J2 (2016). The display is decent but is cumbersome under bright conditions. The phone measures 5.37 x 2.72 x 0.33 inches and weighs only 130grams.
The device is covered with an Acrylic unibody with a primary camera and flash on the rear side and selfie camera on the front. There is a home button with navigation keys on either side of it placed just below the screen. Over the screen, there are inbuilt options for calling and menu. The phone appears decent and gives a typical look of the Samsung brand.
The Galaxy J2 (2017) is reasonably priced and provide an average level of performance. Out-of-the-box, it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat version. The device is shipped with the Exynos 3475 quad-core processor of the 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 chipset. The GPU packed is Mali-T720. The smartphone is backed with a RAM of 1GB that ensures smooth performance.
The device hosts dual-SIM slots which are of a micro type and supports internet connectivity up to 4G. It comes with an internal memory storage capacity of 8GB which is much sufficient in an entry-level phone. There is a dedicated slot too in which one can insert Micro SD card to expand the memory up to 128GB. Overall, the performance of the phone is satisfactory when compared to its pricing.
When it comes to the cameras, the entry-level phone from Samsung hosts 5MP rear shooter along with LED flash and aperture of f/2.2. The camera is packed with features like autofocus, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging, etc. The front shooter is of 2MP without flash and having an aperture of f/2.2 which can be used for clicking selfies and making video calls.
Video recording can be performed at 30 frames per second of quality 720 pixels.
Though the phone is priced less, the Galaxy J2 (2017) comes with a lot of multimedia features. It supports audio files of formats MP3, WAV, FLAC, and eAAC+ player and can play videos of formats MP4, and H.264 player. There is an inbuilt FM radio, RDS and recording option along with 3.5mm audio jack.
Under the hood, the Galaxy J2 (2017) is powered by an average Li-Ion non-removable battery of 2000mAh. The battery supports the talk-time up to 5 hours. As the phone is not highly-configured to support advanced features, the battery would last for a day when used for basic functionality.
The internet connectivity on the Galaxy J2 (2017) is enabled on both the SIMs and VoLTE only for limited bands. The wired connectivity available on the phone is from micro USB 2.0 and USB On-The-Go(OTG). The wireless connectivity options of 2017 version include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS, etc.
The J2 (2017) is also enabled with sensors like Accelerometer and Proximity.
Samsung Galaxy J2 (2017) is a smartphone for those who prefer to either have an extra device or those who want to use only the primary phone features like calling, messaging, limited browsing, internet messaging, audio and video player, etc.WHAT WE LIKED