After the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) quietly appeared on the OEM’s virtual shelves in Vietnam back in January, Samsung Electronics is now officially introducing the device into Korea where the product is available for the price of 199,100 Won ($186). The handset appears to share the same hardware specifications as the model spotted previously in Vietnam, except for a couple of key differences including the new model's connectivity limitations which prevent it from accessing 2G, 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi networks, so basically any form of Internet connectivity. These limitations are set in place by design and are meant to encourage younger audiences to focus on learning, all the while preventing senior users from accidentally sharing personal information or consume data. Furthermore, the Korean variant can only be acquired in one of two color options, including gold and black, while the pink and blue flavors seem to be missing altogether.
Although the OEM’s more recent announcement doesn’t include any details regarding the OS, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) newly introduced in Korea likely runs Android 7.0 Nougat just as before. In addition to this, the Korean model comes pre-loaded with the DioDict4 Android application which takes the form of a comprehensive dictionary supporting the Korean and English languages. Hardware-wise the new Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) features a 5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 960 x 540 and a standard aspect ratio of 16:9. Under the panel resides a quad-core chipset clocked at up to 1.4GHz whose manufacturer has remained unspecified, and the CPU is coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. Users will rely on 16GB of on-board memory expandable by up to an additional 256GB via microSD, while photography enthusiasts will make do with an 8-megapixel main camera paired with an LED flash as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. Finally, all of the internal components rely on a 2,600mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) launches in South Korea today, and to mark the occasion the OEM also appears to have prepared a special promotion for prospective buyers aged 18 to 21. It’s unclear exactly what the promo entails but it will last until June 30th, and by the sound of it, the OEM might allow eligible Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) buyers to return the device next year or the year after that for a full refund which can then be used towards the purchase of a new Galaxy S or Note flagship, though some details may have been lost in translation and it’s not entirely clear whether or not this will be the case. Either way, with the device now officially launched in South Korea, it’s only a matter of time before availability will expand into more regions including emerging markets such as India, though it's likely that the aforementioned connectivity limitations will remain exclusive to the variant at hand launched in the OEM's homeland.