Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) Review

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd is an international as well as multi-brand company which has been serving the world by manufacturing and retailing different types of electrical commodities and other military products for more than 70 years. The particular company released a new smartphone known as the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) on July, 2016 along with its brother J2 Pro (2016) in India and other parts of the country. Like other devices, the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) is also an Android smartphone that was launched by adding some extra features that were not available in it’s predecessor Samsung Galaxy J2 which was released on September, 2015.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016), because it lies in low scale devices, is made up of metal and plastic body just like it’s predecessor J2. Both J2 (2016) and J2 Pro (2016) has got the same look. The device, just like J2 Pro (2016) and other low scaled devices, lacks the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass. The device has got same thickness, and has the same weight as of its predecessor Galaxy J2. Just like other smartphones manufactured by Samsung, Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) has got the same design. The device has got an earpiece on the brink on its front part along with front facing camera and different sensors. The home button exists below the screen having recent app button and back button on each sides. The home button doesn’t works as a fingerprint sensor. Besides, the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016), just like its predecessor, lacks backlit functionality, and because it lies in the low level devices of Samsung, it is not supported by notification LED lamp. However, the device, just like its twin brother the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2016) features a SmartGlow function which cannot be seen in other devices.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) has got a power button on the right-hand side. The volume adjusting keys have been placed on the left-hand side of the device. Furthermore, a mic and USB Type-B port has been placed at the bottom of the device. The speaker grille has been placed on the backside of the device along with rear camera. The SIM cards slots and MicroSD card slot have been placed beneath the back panel. The 3.5 mm stereo earphone socket, however, has been placed on the top of the device.

Talking about the display, the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) has been equipped with 5.0 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels ~294 ppi pixel density. The device has got good display screen, viewing angles are good, and provides vibrant color output. Besides, its predecessor Galaxy J2 had only 4.7 inches screen. The Samsung Galaxy j2 (2016), just like Samsung Galaxy J2, J2 Pro (2016) and other J Series devices, lacks ambient light sensor, which means the users have to manually adjust the brightness to use their device in intense light. Nevertheless, the device features an Outdoor mode which adjusts the brightness for 15 minutes or until the screen turns off. Furthermore, the device lacks Corning Gorilla Glass which is used to protect the screen from being scratched.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, whereas, its predecessor was equipped by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and could not be updated to Android 6 Marshmallow. Besides, the Samsung J2 (2016) has been armed by Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset, Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU. Moreover, the device has been furnished by Mali-400MP2 graphic processor. The phone comes with 8 GB of internal memory. Moreover, the device features microSD card slot which means the memory can be expanded up to 128 GB. Besides, the device comes with 1.5 GB of RAM. However, its twin brother the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2016) features 16 GB of internal memory and 2 GB of RAM whereas, their predecessor the Samsung Galaxy J2 had 8 GB of internal memory and had only 1 GB of RAM.

Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) has been supplied with 8 MP, f/2.2 aperture lens, autofocus rear camera. The device comes with single LED flashlight. The main camera has got different features like face detection, geo-tagging, touch focus. The camera captures good photos in the sunlight. Moreover, the device has been furnished with 5 MP, f/2.2 aperture lens front facing camera. The rear camera also helps to capture the video at 720p@30fps. Comparing it with it’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy J2 had 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front facing camera.

Furthermore, the device, just like its twin, comes with Li-Ion 2600 mAh removable battery. Because the device lies in the low-range device, it lacks adaptive fast charging functionality, which are unseen in the devices of J Series. The battery, however, is good and gives nice backup compared with other low range devices. The device is available in white, gold and black color.

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) Price in Nepal : Rs. 15,900 (Around)

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) Specification


 Size  5.0 inches
 Resolution   1280 x 720 (HD)
 Color Depth  16M


 CPU Speed  1.5 GHz
 CPU Type  Octa-Core


 Video Recording Resolution  HD (1280 x 720)@30fps
 Main Camera Resolution  CMOS 8.0 MP
 Front Camera Resolution  CMOS 5.0 MP
 Main Camera Auto-focus  Yes


 RAM  1.5 GB
 ROM  8 GB
 External Memory  Yes, Expandable Up To 128 GB


 Multi-Sim  Dual-SIM
 Sim Size  Micro-SIM (3FF)
 2G Sim  GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
 4G TDD LTE  B40(2300)


 ANT+  No
 USB Version  USB 2.0
 Headphone  3.5 mm Stereo
 Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Direct  802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Yes
 Bluetooth  Bluetooth v4.1
 MHL  No
 PC Sync  No
 Location  GPS, Glonass
  NFC  No


 Operating Software  Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Physical Information

 Color+  White, Gold and Black
 Form Factor  Touchscreen Bar
 Dimension  142.4 x 71.1 x 8.0 mm
 Weight  138 g
 Water Resistant/Dust Proof  No


 Compass/Magnetometer  No
 Proximity Sensor  Yes
 Accelerometer  Yes
 Ambient Light Sensor  No
 Gyroscope  No
 Barometer  No
 Temperature Sensor  No


 Standard Battery Capacity  2600 mAh
 Removable  Yes

Audio and Video

 Video Playing Format  MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
 Video Playing Resolution  FHD (1920 x 1080)@30fps


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