Samsung has launched a new entry-level Android smartphone in India, dubbed Galaxy J2 2017 Edition. The smartphone is only a slight upgrade over the Galaxy J2 2016, so those of you who were expecting to see some major changes under the hood are likely to be very disappointed. In India, the smartphone has been priced at Rs.7,390, which converts to roughly $113. It is available in two color options – Black and Gold.
The Galaxy J2 2017 Edition sports a 4.7-inch display with 720 x 1280 HD resolution display, similar to a number of new entry-level smartphones on the market. However, what sets it apart, is the fact that it features an AMOLED display instead of IPS panels on other entry-level smartphones. Running under the hood is a quad-core processor clocked, although the exact chip hasn’t been revealed just yet. The quad-core chip is paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. For further expansion, you get a microSD card slot.
In the camera department, Galaxy J2 2017 features a 5MP resolution main camera at the rear and a 2MP selfie camera on the front. Connectivity wise, it offers all the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and 4G LTE support. Keeping the lights on is a 2000mAh capacity battery with Samsung’s Ultra Data Saving Mode. Most folks will probably need to use the Power Saving feature regularly, as the 2000mAh battery will struggle to deliver decent battery life, especially under heavy use. The Galaxy J2 2016 came with a 2600mAh battery, so the new model is actually a big downgrade over its predecessor in the battery life department. Unfortunately, we still do not know the exact version of Android the Galaxy J2 2017 is running on, but we do expect it to offer an updated user interface compared to the Galaxy J2. The Galaxy J2 is still running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is not expected to receive any major Android update in the future.