A Brazilian retailer recently leaked on its website the design and specifications of Samsung's second Android Go smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Core. This device has the model number SM-J410G, and images posted on the retailer's website provide a detailed look into the handset. Above the display of the handset, people will find the earpiece, front-facing camera, and front LED flash, while the back of the handset will contain the logo of the South Korean tech giant, the single rear camera, and the LED flash. Located on the right side of the device is the power button, while the left side of the device contains the volume rockers. It seems that the South Korean tech giant will only offer the device in black, and likely due to the low price tag of the device, the Galaxy J4 Core will not sport a fingerprint scanner.
A quad-core chipset, which runs at a maximum clock speed of 1.4GHz, will power the handset, according to the retailer. The device will sport a 6-inch display with a resolution of 1480 by 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It will contain 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal flash storage, which could be expanded using a microSD card with a capacity of up to 256GB. Recent leaks indicate that the handset will also include a dual-SIM card slot, and it will feature 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connectivity support. The rear camera of the Galaxy J4 Core will likely be equipped with an 8-megapixel sensor with an aperture size of f/2.2, while the front-facing selfie shooter will come with a 5-megapixel image module. The cameras can record 1080p video clips with a frame rate of up to 30fps, and the device also features several camera modes, which include Emoji AR, Super Slow-Mo, and timelapse. A 3,300 mAh battery will reportedly power the device, and it can be charged using the microUSB port.
Just like Samsung's first Android Go offering, the Galaxy J2 Core, the Galaxy J4 Core will ship with Android Go software that is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. However, aside from the Google Play Store, the device will also come with the Galaxy Apps store as well as a number of applications developed by the South Korean tech giant, including its browser and e-mail applications.
Background: Android Go devices target the entry-level segment of the market, which means that users should not expect premium features or hardware with these devices. However, the applications and the firmware of the handsets have been optimized to ensure smooth performance despite inexpensive hardware. Furthermore, this optimization should result in improved battery life and responsiveness of the device.
There is little information currently available about the pricing and the availability of the device, although it is expected that Samsung will first launch this device in developing countries. However, it seems that the South Korean device maker has plans to expand the availability of its Android Go offerings to the United States, given the recent certifications provided by both the FCC and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Impact: With the upcoming Android Go smartphone from Samsung, users will have one more option for affordable devices with optimized user experience and features. This handset will also allow Samsung to better compete in the entry-level segment of the smartphone market. However, it should be noted that additional features included with the device may differ across different markets and carriers.