Samsung Galaxy J3 vs Samsung Galaxy J2: the budget 4G-enabled smartphones

Samsung is one of the leading smartphone makers when it comes to the flagship segment with its Galaxy S series devices. The company also has a strong foothold when it comes to the budget segment as well. The brand’s latest budget smartphone range is the Samsung Galaxy J series. The company first introduced this series in 2013 with the high-end Galaxy J smartphone, but later added a handful of budget device to this range. The latest budget offering in this range in India is the Galaxy J2, released in September 2015. The company recently unveiled its follow up device called the Galaxy J3 in China, and is expected to bring it here any time soon.
galaxy J3 vs galaxy J2
If you are a Samsung fan, and looking for a budget 4G LTE-enabled smartphone, then the Galaxy J2 and Galaxy J3 are among the best choices from the brand. To find out how they stand against each other, let’s compare their specs.

Samsung Galaxy J3 vs Samsung Galaxy J2: comparing features of budget 4G phones

Design

The Samsung Galaxy J2 has taken a lot of design cues from previous flagship devices from the brand. It offers an entire plastic body with soft edges, and gets a faux leather touch at the back. The phone measures 8.4mm around the waist, and tips the scale at 130 grams. The Samsung Galaxy J3 on the other hand offers a slightly premium design with a metallic frame. It is slimmer than its predecessor with a 7.9mm frame, but weighs eight grams more than the J2.

Display and OS

On the display front, the Samsung Galaxy J2 sports a compact 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and a pixel density of 234ppi. The phone will impress those looking for easy single hand user experience. The Galaxy J3 on the other hand sports a slightly bigger 5-inch screen. It gets a Super AMOLED screen panel as well, but sports HD (1,280 x 720p) resolution and a pixel density of 294ppi. Overall, the Galaxy J3 offers better media viewing experience than the J2 with its brighter display. Software-wise, they both run Android 5.1 Lollipop with the brand’s TouchWiz UI on top, and come with several software tweaks like data saving mode etc.

Configuration

The Samsung Galaxy J2 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and a Mali T720 MP1 GPU. The phone offers casual gaming and lag-free user experience, but don’t expect it to smoothly run high-end games like Dead Trigger etc. The Galaxy J3 gets slightly higher 1.5GB of RAM, but sports the same 1.2GHz quad-core processor, so it’s slightly faster than the J2. Storage capacity on both of these devices is 8GB, further expandable up to 128GB by inserting a microSD card.

Camera

For imaging, the Samsung Galaxy J2 offers a 5-megapixel primary snapper with an LED flash and HD recording, and a 2-megapixel secondary snapper for selfies. The Samsung Galaxy J3 on the other hand comes with much better camera specs than the J2. It sports an 8-megapixel primary snapper with an LED flash and full HD video recording. For selfies and video calling, the phone offers a 5-megapixel camera on the front.

Connectivity and battery

In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy J2 and Galaxy J3, both offer similar features. They support Indian 4G LTE bands, and come with dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, and micro-USB 2.0. When it comes to the battery, the Galaxy J2 gets a small 2,000mAh unit, while the Galaxy J3 has a much bigger 2,600mAh battery.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy J2 is one of the most affordable 4G LTE-enabled Android smartphones from the Korean brand in India. The phone offers a compact display, dual-SIM slots, decent configuration, decent camera specs and an average battery. It suits best for the users with small hand, and delivers easy single hand operation. The Samsung Galaxy J3 on the other hand is for those who want a slightly bigger display, better screen resolution, better camera features, and a bigger battery. As for the prices, the Samsung Galaxy J2 is available from the major stores for around Rs 8,000. The Galaxy J3 is expected to launch in the country very soon in the sub Rs 9,000 range. Since the phone will bring better configuration for an expected thousand bucks more than the Galaxy J2, it’s advisable for the device to land here.

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