We probably don’t stress this enough, but Samsung owes a large part of its standing as a clear leader in global smartphone sales to low-cost devices that rarely make headlines.
Low to mid-end members of the Galaxy J family obviously generate significantly smaller profits than the Note 8, S8 duo or even the newly unveiled A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018), but their popularity in emerging markets is still very important for the chaebol’s crowd-pleasing business strategy.
It remains to be seen if the upcoming Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) can quietly develop a strong following in countries like India, looking terribly outdated in both design and specifications. Reportedly carrying an SM-J250 model number, you’d expect this to improve on the SM-J210, aka J2 Pro, and the J2 (2017), also known as SM-J200.
Unfortunately, a boatload of high-quality leaked renders hint at almost no perceivable visual change from the 4.7-inch Galaxy J2 (2017), while screen resolution is tipped at a cringe-worthy 960 x 540 pixels.
Worse yet, the Super AMOLED panel is expected to grow in size, to a full 5 inches, which will yield even worse pixel density than 234 ppi. It’s hard not to cringe at the other rumored features either, including a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal storage space, 2600mAh battery capacity, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat software.
Oh, well, at least both the 8MP rear-facing camera and the 5MP selfie shooter on the Galaxy J2 (2018) purportedly provide flash lighting for better nighttime performance. Still, it might be tough to justify the $135 or so speculated price point of the 8mm thick plastic slab with massive bezels and 153 grams weight.