Samsung has launched their entry-level smartphone - Galaxy J2 (2017) in India. It is priced at INR 7390 and is available for purchase from online as well as offline stores across the country. Galaxy J2 (2017) arrives in two color options: Black and Gold.
The design remains similar to that of other budget oriented J-Series smartphones. This time Samsung got rid of the Smart-glow LED ring around the rear camera and rather unique looking texture on the back panel. Apart from these two changes, J2 (2017) looks just like it's predecessor - J2 (2016).
What's more of a letdown is the fact that J2 (2017) is an actual downgrade from the Galaxy J2 (2016), whereas it lies closer to J2 (2015) in both looks and internals.
J2 (2017) comes with a plastic build featuring a textured removable back panel, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with qHD (540×960) resolution, powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor, a mere 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal memory out of which only 4.3GB is available for the users. Luckily the internal storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD.
On the camera department, J2 (2017) features a 5MP primary sensor with auto-focus and an LED Flash. It is capable of 1280x720 30fps video recording. A 2MP sensor is present up front for selfies and video calling. Almost all the sensors except accelerometer and proximity sensor are lacking here.
The device measures 136.5 x 69.0 x 8.4 mm and weighs 130 grams. It supports Dual-SIM with 4G VoLTE capabilities. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, and a Micro-USB port. Galaxy J2 (2017) is powered by a removable 2000mAh battery. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung skin on top.
For instance, the J2 (2016) had 5-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and 2600mAh battery.
Should you consider this phone?
My answer is a resounding "NO". You should not consider the J2 (2017) even in the worst case scenario. It is just because of the fact that there are a ton of other better options at this price range.
Smartphones like the Redmi 4A, Redmi 4 and 10.or E offers much better value for the money you pay. There is no point in comparing them with the J2, these devices are far better than the J2 (2017) in every aspect. If you are afraid to purchase a smartphone from online stores, for your information, most of the Xiaomi devices are now available offline too.
You can't go wrong even with the Nokia 3 or Moto C Plus (Normally, I don't recommend purchasing these devices) if the brand value is high on your list.
I feel like Samsung is deceiving their customers by launching devices like the J2 (2017). I mean, look at it, 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM on a smartphone costing Rs.7300, that too in 2017!!
You might be wondering 'Okay, who is even going to buy this device after all?' You are definitely not going to do it, that's because you know what's inside this smartphone. But there are millions of other people who are not so familiar with the tech jargon and they will easily fall for this phone due to false claims and marketing. The proof is "J2 (2016) holds one of the top positions in the list of Samsung's most sold smartphones".
What do you think about the Galaxy J2 (2017)? Have you ever used a J2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.