Samsung continues to focus on the entry level smartphone market despite the launch of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8. The company recently launched the Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime, an entry level smartphone with all the essential smartphone features you need – a 5-inch display, a decent chipset and camera, and LTE comes standard. We took the Galaxy J2 Prime for a spin and here’s our review.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime:
- 1.4GHz quad core Mediatek MT6737T processor
- Mali T720MP2 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB internsl storeage expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB
- 5-inch qHD LCD display (960 x 540 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 2,600 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Price: P5,990
- Status: Available in Samsung stores and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
There is nothing special with the Galaxy J2 Prime’s design. The phone is made of plastic which is understandable for its price. The back is removable and it reveals the removable battery and dual SIM card slot. We do love the finish at the back with its dimpled patterns. It gives some nice grip when holding it.
We are a bit disappointed with the 5-inch display. Our issue is not on its qHD (960 x 540) resolution but its sunlight legibility. It struggles under direct sunlight even on max brightness.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Overall, the Mediatek MT6737T is smooth but don’t stress it too much by downloading high graphic intense games. With normal tasks like social media, calls and texts we are pretty sure the Galaxy J2 Prime will not disappoint. And yes, Super Mario Run will work here smoothly.
The camera is a mix bag. The 8 megapixel rear camera takes good photos in good low light but photos in low light looks a bit disappointing. Check it out.
It is nice to see 4G/LTE comes standard on this device. Calls are clear with no issues. Internet speed is within normal range.
We managed to get around 12 hours to moderate use with the GalaxyJ2 Prime. The 2,600 mAh battery is just right for all your power needs.
The Galaxy J2 Prime is a good phone… just good. It is decent, yes, but it has limitations. We know Samsung can offer more for its P5,990 price tag so we suggest you can look at other phones like the Vivo Y53 and the OPPO A39. Both phones are close the Galaxy J2 Prime’s price tag but offers better camera quality and build.
- Hardware – 7
- Design – 7
- Display – 6
- Software – 8
- Camera – 7
- Battery – 9
- Connectivity – 8