Samsung has announced a new budget smartphone — Samsung Galaxy J2 Core, which is the company’s first device under Google‘s Android Go program. The phone is now available for purchase in India and Malaysia and the company says that it’ll soon be available in other markets.
Being a part of Android Go, the smartphone comes with a stripped-down version of the Android operating system. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) but with the company’s own layer of Samsung UI on top.
At this time, it’s not confirmed what applications come pre-loaded on the phone. To ensure that the performance of its apps is smooth on Android Go devices, Google has developed lightweight versions of its core apps, which includes Google Go, Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Gboard, Chrome, Maps Go, Files Go, Gmail Go, and Google Play.
The phone features a 5-inch qHD LCD display with screen resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own Exynos 7570 quad-core 14nm processor clocked at 1.4GHz along with Mali-T720 MP1 graphics processor.
It comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage, just like Nokia 1 — another Android Go edition phone. It features an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper with f/2.2 aperture. Connectivity options on the phone include Dual SIM cards, 4G VoLTE, GPS, and FM radio. The phone is fuelled by a 2,600mAh battery that is rated to last entire day on a single charge.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core will be available in only one color option — Golden. While the phone is now available for purchase in India and Malaysia, Samsung has not yet revealed the phone’s pricing.