Samsung Galaxy J2 Philippines Price, Specs, Antutu Benchmark Score, Key Features and Selling Points

Quietly launched in the Philippines a few weeks ago, Samsung Galaxy J2 is the smallest and most affordable LTE-enabled handset in the Korean Giant's budget-friendly J phone series.

Samsung Galaxy J2

Just like its bigger and more expensive siblings, the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7, J2 is also out in three colors - namely, Black, White, and Gold - and has a rounded design identity replete with chrome-plated accents reminiscent of old flagship models by company -- to be specific, the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note2 from 2012.

Samsung Galaxy J2

Although sharing the same overall aesthetics, what makes J2 unique - looks-wise - is its textured back plate. As you can see, it flaunts a faux leather finish as opposed to the high-gloss coat of J5 and J7.

Samsung Galaxy J2
I would like to give credit to Intellect Digest from India for all images in this post.

Samsung Galaxy J2

Now available nationwide for around Php 7,190, Samsung Galaxy J2 is a strong contender in the midrange echelon mainly because of its branding, familiar user interface, brilliant display, and decent set of internal hardware.

Samsung Galaxy J2

Obviously, through the years, Samsung has already established itself a good and (arguably) reliable Android phone brand. This perception in itself makes J2 an enticing release in its price category especially when pitted against similarly priced handsets by new players or neophytes in the handset industry.

Samsung Galaxy J2

The Korean Giant's very own SuperAMOLED display technology has become an integral part of the company's success in the mobile market. This crisp, vibrant, thin, and energy efficient screen type previously found only on flagship or high-end Galaxy models - in many ways - set the standard by which we judge phone displays today.

Samsung Galaxy J2

I think it's great that consumers can finally enjoy it on such an affordable device like the J2. Sure, the phone's 4.7-inch SuperAMOLED panel is not HD - just qHD or 540 x 960 pixels - but users will still be able to get the above-mentioned benefits of this display type.

Samsung Galaxy J2

In terms of imaging capabilities, the phone is pretty basic. There's just a 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash at the back and a 2MP front cam with no Soft LED flash that's present on both the selfie-centric J5 and J7.

Samsung Galaxy J2

Inside its shell, Samsung Galaxy J2 runs its TouchWiz-flavored Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with a Quad Core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 and Mali-T720 based Exynos 3475 chipset, has 1 GB of RAM for multitasking, and is equipped with 8GB of expandable internal storage.

Samsung Galaxy J2
Combined, these innards give J2 an Antutu Benchmark Score in the range of 21,000 to 22,000 -- supposedly putting it at par with the pricier and larger Galaxy J5 in terms of power.

Samsung Galaxy J2
While it's not the most powerful Android handset in this price bracket, Galaxy J2 should still be capable of running most 3D titles in the Play Store without annoying lags and stuttering.

Samsung Galaxy J2

Dual-SIM-Dual-Standby and 4G-enabled Samsung Galaxy J2 is now up for purchase at all Samsung Concept Stores and authorized retail partners across the archipelago. You may also get it at online gadget shops including Lazada and Kimstore, which I trust completely.

Is it the right smartphone for you? For Php 7,000 to Php 8,000, you can already buy far more powerful (64-Bit Octa-Core) 2015 Android handsets by Pinoy and Chinese brands. But if you're a big Samsung fan and you're not yet keen on checking out releases by competing companies, then I guess this model should serve you right if you're on a tight budget and you're on the look out for a brand new daily driver.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy J2
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions136.5 x 69 x 8.4 mm
Weight 129 grams
Available Colors White, Black, Gold
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz UI
Display 4.7 inches (~64.7% screen-to-body ratio), 540 x 960 pixels (~234 ppi pixel density), Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7, Mali-T720 GPU, Exynos 3475 Chipset
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 128 GB
Camera Main: 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front: 2 MegaPixels
Video Capture HD 720p 30 frames per second for main camera, HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G bands LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 TD-LTE 2300
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable 2,000 mAh battery
Uptime 11 Hours of Talk Time, 41 Hours of Music Play
Value-Added Features TouchWiz, Attractive Design, LTE, Samsung Apps
Announcement Q3 2015
Availability Q3 2015
Price Official: Php 7,190

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