While Samsung has been making big announcements at CES, the company has been quietly releasing a few new products outside of the convention as well. The latest is the new Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) entry level, which recently showed itself on the company’s official website. Here the top five features of the phone:
The phone is an entry-level smartphone will be available for a price of just $145 and will be available in three colours – Black, Blue and Gold. The company expects the phone to do well in the emerging markets and will be available this week in select countries and eventually might increase its availability in the major markets as well.
Samsung’s bare-bones offering will come with Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box, with a 5-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 540×960 pixels. Inside, the phone will come with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and internal storage of 16GB.that the phone will also have space for a microSD slot to expand storage. The phone is also a dual-SIM capable device, as is common-place with devices launched in these regions.
The smartphone will come with an 8MP rear-facing camera along with a front-facing 5MP sensor as well Each of the cameras will be equipped with their own LED flashes. The phone will also be among the rare entry-level smartphones to also come with a removable battery under its back panel.
Although the company could have done better in offering Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box instead of Android Nougat 7.0, we might at least get to see an update in the near future. Considering Samsung has polished its UI, the company has improved on the fluidity and the speed of the performance over the last few years.
Connectivity and battery
The battery itself, is a decent 2,600mAh, which can be charged through a microUSB port. The phone does not come with a fingerprint sensor or NFC but supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz and Bluetooth 4.2.The phone will also feature a headphone jack and comes with LTE support.
Looks-wise, the phone is reminiscent of the pre-2015 era mid-range smartphones that Samsung used to make. The phone, along with some of its specifications, was leaked some time ago last month, with the release now confirming the existence of the phone. Samsung is showing that while it may release numerous mid-range and premium phones throughout the year, it is still very much intact with the market that has guaranteed its success over the years in a market where the entry-level are increasingly become more efficient and capable, like the new Huawei and Xiaomi phones have shown us, Samsung may have not given their best with the J2 Pro as they would have thought.