Meet The Samsung Galaxy J Series

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Samsung has been doing excellent in the premium handset segment. Its Galaxy S7 edge has been considered as the best Android phone in the market. The upcoming Note 7 is also garnering glowing reviews from all over the world. However, in the budget segment, the things aren’t that rosy for the Korean giant. That’s why Samsung has been rolling out phones in its J series, meant for value segment. In fact there have been so many handsets that it has become difficult to keep track of all the devices in the J series. Hence, here’s a quick roll call for Samsung’s budget phones.

J2 (2016)
To compete with Chinese brands such as Xiaomi and Le Eco, Samsung has equipped its footsoldier with a fancy LED ring on its back. It can provide “glowing” alerts from a certain apps or contacts. It is one of the cheapest phones to feature a 5-inch HD OLED screen. As many of you would already know, OLED panels are superior to conventional LCD panels in terms of colours and light uniformity. The J2 (2016) is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC8830 chip with 1.5 GB RAM. Not sure how much Samsung saves by denying us half a GB RAM. Other features include 8 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, dual SIM support, and 2600 mAh battery. Moving on to photography, you get an 8-megapixel camera. For selfies, there’s a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone is priced at Rs 9750.

Samsung Galaxy J2

J2 Pro
Compared to the J2 (2016), the Pro version comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Rest of the specs largely remain the same. You get a 5-inch HD OLED screen. It is backed by a Spreadtrum SC8830 SoC (SYstem on Chip) clocked at 1.5 GHz. Other notable features are an 8-megapixel camera, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS (Assisted GPS), and 2600 mAh battery. Oh and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro comes in gold, black, and silver and is pegged at Rs 9890.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro

J3 (2016)
The Galaxy J3 is a peculiar member of this series. Despite its higher number, the J3 doesn’t really improve upon any particular area. It features a 5-inch HD OLED screen. With Spreadtrum SC9830 onboard, the processor remains the same as that of its younger sibling. The J3 comes with 1.5 GB RAM and has 8 GB internal storage. You can expand it further via a microSD card slot. It offers an 8-megapixel read and a 5-megapixel front snapper. Other than that, you get 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, NFC, and
2600 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2013) costs Rs 8990.

Samsung Galaxy J3

J5 (2016)
Here’s the cheapest Galaxy J series phone with a sturdy metal frame. The J5 brings a 5.2-inch HD OLED screen and a tried-and-tested Snapdragon 410 chipset to the table. You get 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera to please the shutterbugs. For selfies, it is equipped with a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper an LED flash. The handset comes with 3100 mAh battery and costs Rs 13,000.

Samsung Galaxy J5

J7 (2016)
The J7 is basically an overgrown J5. It comes with a 5.5-inch HD OLED screen. It is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7870 chipset. To handle multitasking, the J7 has 2 GB RAM. In terms of storage, you get 16 GB onboard and a microSD card slot. Like the J5, this one packs-in a 13-megapixel camera. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera has an LED flash. Other specifications include 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, and 3300 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy J7 costs Rs 15,990.

Samsung Galaxy J7

J Max
Sometimes you look at a phone and wonder why does it even exist? The Galaxy J Max falls in that category. It features a huge a 7-inch LCD screen with 1280×800 pixels. The screen looks so bad that it reminds you of the horrors of the original Galaxy Grand. Forget aesthetics, I can’t decide what’s worse: design or ergonomics. It is basically an ugly looking tablet with earpiece carved into it. In terms of hardware, you get a 1.5 GHz quad-core chipset, 1.5 GB RAM, and 8 GB internal storage. Then, there’s an 8 megapixel camera, 2-megapixel snapper on front, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and 4000 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy J Max is priced at Rs 13,400.

Samsung Galaxy J Max

Chandrakant 'CK' Isi

Technology editor, movie buff, and wannabe space explorer.