Samsung Galaxy J4 Core vs Nokia 2.1 vs Moto E5 Play: the Android Go comparison

by Michele Ingelido 0

Android Go devices are the most interesting smartphones in the lowest price range. Thanks to an enlightened version of Google’s operating system, they can provide a good level of performance even though they have outdated hardware or components which would be obsolete with a normal version of Android. Today, Samsung launched its second Android Go phone: the Galaxy J4 Core. In this article, we compared it with two other interesting Android Go devices: Nokia 2.1 and Motorola Moto E5 Play.

Samsung Galaxy J4 Core vs Nokia 2.1 vs Motorola Moto E5 Play

Samsung Galaxy J4 Core Nokia 2.1 Motorola Moto E5 Play
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 161.4 x 76.9 x 7.9 mm 153.6 x 77.6 x 9.7 mm, 174 grams  151 x 74 x 9 mm, 150 grams
DISPLAY 6 inches, 720 x 1480 pixels, 274 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD 5.5 inches, 720 x 1280p (HD), 267 ppi, 16:9 ratio, IPS LCD  5.2 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels, 282 ppi, 16:9 ratio, IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Samsung Exynos 7570, quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, octa-core 1.4 GHz or Snapdragon 427
MEMORY 1 GB RAM, 16 GB – micro SD slot 1 GB RAM, 8 GB –  micro SD dedicated slot  2 GB RAM, 16 GB – micro SD slot
SOFTWARE Android 8.1 Oreo, Android Go Android 8.1 Oreo, Android Go  Android 8.1 Oreo, Android Go
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERA 8 MP f/2.2
5 MP f/2.2 front camera
8 MP
5 MP front camera
8 MP f/2.0
5 MP front camera
BATTERY 3300 mAh 4000 mAh  2800 mAh
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot Dual SIM slot  Hybrid Dual SIM slot


You can not expect the best look from a phone that costs less than $150, and indeed, all of these devices feature a not exciting polycarbonate design. The most beautiful is the Samsung Galaxy J4 Core as it boasts thinner bezels and a higher screen-to-body ratio. Further, it is also way thinner than its opponents. On the other hand, Moto E5 Play is more interesting in terms of build quality as it is splash resistant.



Samsung Galaxy J4 Core and Nokia 2.1 have the most interesting displays. They are very wide (6 inches 18:9 vs 5.5 inches 16:9) and they feature an HD resolution. The best phone for multimedia use is Nokia 2.1 because it has more powerful stereo speakers.



With its 2 GB of RAM making the difference, Moto E5 Play is the phone with the best hardware department. It can provide better performances, especially in multitasking. Further, it exists in a variant with the Snapdragon 427 SoC which is even better than Snapdragon 425. Nokia 2.1 has the worst hardware side with just 8 GB of internal storage, but it is the only one to have a micro SD dedicated slot which matters if you are planning to use the dual SIM functionality.



Motorola Moto E5 Play is the one I prefer even when it comes to cameras. Indeed, it has a rear camera with a brighter aperture than its opponents: f/2.0. You will still get disappointing photos if we compare this device with actual mid-rangers, but with its bright aperture and a nice pixel size, the final result is slightly better.



Nokia 2.1 has the biggest battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh which is huge for an entry-level device. Indeed, it can last two full days even with a very stressed use, thanks to both the capacity and the very efficient components. Samsung Galaxy J4 Core takes the second place with its 3300 mAh unit which is all but disappointing for the same reasons.



You can get these devices for a very affordable price thanks to Android Go. Nokia 2.1 costs about €100/$113, Moto E5 Play carries a price tag of about €80/$90, while the price tag of Samsung Galaxy J4 Core is not known yet. I would personally pick Nokia 2.1 because of its bigger battery and stereo speakers.


Samsung Galaxy J4 Core vs Nokia 2.1 vs Motorola Moto E5 Play: PROs and CONS

Samsung Galaxy J4 Core


  • Wide display
  • Thinner bezels
  • Affordable price
  • Front-facing LED flash


  • Potentially higher price


Nokia 2.1


  • Big display
  • Biggest battery
  • Affordable
  • Stereo speakers
  • Micro SD dedicated slot


  • Worst hardware


Motorola Moto E5 Play


  • Best hardware
  • Compact dimensions
  • Splash resistant
  • Front-facing LED flash
  • Affordable


  • Worse cameras