Samsung unveils its Go Edition smartphone and it’s not stock Android

Last month, Samsung’s humble Android Go device leaked in all its glory. While going Vanilla is the easiest way out for most smartphone makers today, Samsung chooses to remain true to its heritage by using the Samsung Experience Launcher. A feature-packed skin, with a bad reputation. Either way, Google didn’t require the smartphone makers to utilize stock Android for its Go Edition devices.


Now, Samsung has finally unveiled the device, which as we know, will be called Galaxy J2 Core. Just like the Nokia 1, there’s really nothing special about the device. It sports a 5-inch low-resolution TFT LCD display, running under the quad-core Exynos 7570 SoC. The processor is pretty capable of handling up to WXVGA (1280×800) though, but Samsung chooses not. Nonetheless, quad-HD (540×960) will be a pretty acceptable resolution for a 5-inch display, and Samsung’s target market will surely won’t bother complaining. It has a 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable internal storage. Pretty standard specs for Android Go devices.

For the imaging, the Galaxy J2 Core has a 13-megapixel rear shooter and 5-megapixel for selfies. Both has a f/2.2 aperture lens, but no one should go out shooting at night with a budget handset. Overall, it’s a pretty good deal. A far cry from Nokia 1’s  5/2 megapixel combo. The Exynos 7570 chip on the J2 Core also supports video recording up to 1080p@30fps. Nokia 1 on the other hand, can only capture up to 720p@30fps video. Thanks to its mediocre processor.



The handset will be available in India and Malaysia, with no mention of global roll-outs. Samsung didn’t provide a price, but the upper budget Galaxy J2 launched in April with $120 (Rs. 8, 190) price tag. We should expect the Galaxy J2 Core to cost less.

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