The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core hit the market in the late summer of 2018 and immediately caught the attention of budget smartphone fans. The Korean manufacturer offered a device based on the simplified version of the operating system - Android Go. It was developed specifically for devices with low performance. With what this model is worth considering it , you can learn in the following lines.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Samsung Galaxy J2 Core specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2018, August
- Colors: Black, Gold, Lavender
- Dimensions: 143.4 x 72.1 x 8.9 mm.
- Weight: 154 g.
- Screen: 5" inc, 540 x 960, PLS TFT
- Camera : Single, 8MP
- Chipset: Exynos 7570 Quad (14 nm)
- CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
- Memory: 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
- Battery: 2600, Removable Li-Ion
- Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core has a design that does not feature ultramodernity. This is because the appearance was not a priority for its creators. It's what's on the inside that's important, but before we get there, let's share some more information about the design. The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core has a plastic body with a glossy back panel. It quickly gets covered in scratches, so we recommend using a case.
On the front panel, we see huge bezels around the display, which has a classic 16:9 aspect ratio. Despite its budget-ness, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core has a body that is made with quality, but it lacks an oleophobic coating on the glass.
In the market, the device is available in two body colours - black gold and purple. In all three models, the front panel is black.
If you like comfortable-to-wear models, you might like the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core a lot. Its dimensions are compact - 143.4 x 72.1 x 8.9 mm at a weight of just 154 grams. It's an excellent choice for people who don't have a good attitude towards big phones, or who want to keep something lighter in their pocket or bag.
Let's take a look at the screen parameters of the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core. Things are not bad there. The manufacturer has provided a 5-inch TFT display with qHD resolution (960 x 540 pixels). The picture is good. Even small details can be traced. The colors are saturated, there is enough contrast and brightness. The viewing angles are decent.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core screen occupies 66.7% of the front panel area.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core has a platform that is definitely in line with its price class. A proprietary SoC, the Exynos 7570, consisting of 4 Cortex-A53 cores with a maximum clock speed of up to 1.4 GHz has been chosen as the processor. The graphics chip is Mali-T720 MP1. As for the memory, the RAM is only 1 GB and the internal memory is 8 GB, of which 5.51 GB is actually available to the user. You can expand the internal memory by using a microSD card up to 256 GB.
Is the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core suitable for gamers? No, exactly. The smartphone is not meant for heavy gaming. However, the performance is enough for the smooth and fast execution of everyday tasks.
In the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core we see a main camera with 8 MP resolution, f/2.2 brightness and autofocus. The photo quality is typical for the budget class. These type of devices shoot more or less the same and the Galaxy J2 Core is no exception to the norm. Even in excellent light levels during the day, the photos are of poor quality. This model is more about having something to shoot with, rather than taking shots that are so exciting and interesting that you share them with the world.
The autofocus works normally, various shooting modes are provided, and the HDR feature is absent. With Samsung Galaxy J2 Core, you can record videos with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The quality is also as per standard for a budget device.
As for the front camera, it is a single 5 MP with an aperture of f/2.2. It's dim, but you can play around with the provided filters.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core has a removable battery with a capacity of 2600 mAh. Combined with a 5-inch low-resolution display, an undemanding processor and software, you can count on up to two days of autonomy.
Of course, the charge can run out in 10-12 hours, but with moderate use, if you don't load the device with heavy tasks and constant gaming, you may not think about the charger until the end of the day.
The manufacturer has not provided fast charging technology. It takes several hours to restore the charge from 0 to 100%.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is a typical representative of the budget class in the market. It has a clean Android, two decent shooting cameras, a quality screen, albeit with low resolution, decent autonomous operation and will be of use to you in everyday life. The smartphone is suitable for undemanding users who are looking for good value for money.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Samsung.