Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) preview: First look

First look

GSMArena team, 11 July 2016.

Introduction

The 2016 Galaxy J2 is Samsung's latest budget Android device. It is the successor to last year's Galaxy J2 and improves upon it in several areas, most predictably in the specification department. However, Samsung has also added some new features, such as the Smart Glow, a unique ring LED notification light around the rear camera that lights up in various colors, and also S Bike mode, and something Samsung calls Turbo Boost Technology.

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) at a glance:

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 5.0-inch 720p Super AMOLED display
  • Quad-core 1.5GHz Spreadtrum SC9830 processor
  • 1.5GB RAM, 8GB expandable storage
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5 megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM support
  • LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps with VoLTE
  • Smart Glow, Turbo Boost Technology, S bike mode, Ultra data saving mode courtesy Opera Max
  • 2600mAh battery

The phone runs the latest Android with a clean UI, which Samsung doesn't call TouchWiz, but instead refers to The New User Interface. The Ultra data saving mode is more than welcome however and the mobile data saving technology has been integrated on a system level so it can potentially work for all apps - not just for web browsing.

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Will all this be enough for the phone to survive in the fiercely competitive budget Android phone market? We took a quick look at the device to find out.

Reader comments

  • Farhan

This phone is really good. I use it now. Such a good phone.. old phone is the best.

  • Vijeesh John

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  • AnonD-658580

I am using Galaxy J2 Prime it take beautiful photo's, but now whenever I take pictures they look awesome until phone goes to sleep, whenever I open gallery to see my photo's they're all turned into an icon. Can anyone help me solve this problem? Than...