Samsung has been experimenting with its entry-level smartphones for a while now. With limited hardware resources on such low-cost devices, it can be tough to deliver a smooth usage experience. Samsung tried adopting the Tizen OS with its Z-series not too long ago, because Android used to struggle to run. Now, we have Android Go, which is designed specifically for the lowest-end hardware in price-sensitive markets such as ours.
While the Z-series is no longer listed on the Samsung website, the J-series seems to have taken over this segment. The recently launched Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is one of the latest smartphones in the J-series and runs on Android Oreo Go Edition, making it the first Samsung smartphone to ship with Google’s stripped-down mobile OS. Priced at Rs 5,990 is it the best entry-level smartphone to go for? We put it through our tests to find out.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core design
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is a small smartphone and is easy to hold in one hand. It has a 5-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. There’s a Samsung logo below the display but there are no capacitive touch buttons, and this phone uses on-screen navigation buttons instead. The body of the Galaxy J2 Core is made of plastic, but the construction quality is good for the price. The power button is positioned on the right while the volume buttons are on the left. All the buttons are easy to hit thanks to the small dimensions of the phone. The Galaxy J2 Core is available in black, gold, and blue variants, and we had the blue one in for review.
The Galaxy J2 Core has a Micro-USB port at the bottom along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone. At the back, it has an 8-megapixel camera along with an LED flash placed inside a module that protrudes slightly. Next to it is a loudspeaker grille. The rear panel pops off and gives you access to the removable 2600mAh battery. Once you pull out the battery, you can access the two Micro-SIM slots. There’s also a dedicated microSD card slot placed above the SIM 1 slot.