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Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime Quick Review: Genuine Budget Prime Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy J series has always belonged to the budget segment, it was under the Galaxy Grand Prime series from Samsung. In order to highlight the models that are more simplified compared to the Grand Prime series, they added the Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime – this is a simplified version of the older device. Let’s walk though the quick Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime review below: 1

Under the simplification, Super AMOLED screen is now replaced with a TFT LCD for this price segment. Of course, other features like qHD screen resolution, battery capacity, and removed support for Wi-Fi dual-band. But keep fingerprint sensor, metal body and at the same time received a very competitive price around $129.99 in the USA.


The model comes in several colors, including Gold, Silver, Pink Gold and Black variants. Measuring 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.9 mm, weighs 160 grams, dimensions are comfortable, the phone fits comfortably in the hand or pocket. 4

The front of the phone features Samsung branding. Just below the display, you find the Home button which also doubles up as a fingerprint sensor. To the left and right of the Home button, you find the two virtual buttons. Near the top, you find the front LED flash, ear piece, ambient light sensor and front camera.

The backside of the phone houses the 8MP camera with LED flash is present towards the left of the camera sensor and a loud speaker at the right. Below the camera sensor, the Samsung logo is present. 5

To the left side of the phone, the volume rocker is present. On the right side, you find the power button. The top side of the phone has the 3.5mm audio jack and the bottom of the phone, there is a mic. and MicroUSB 2.0 port.


The Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime comes with a 5.0 inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It comes with a pixel density of 220ppi. In our time testing the device, we found the display to be good in terms of color reproduction, accuracy and brightness. 9

While HD displays have become a common thing in smartphones these days – with qHD display on Galaxy J2 Prime phone at this price range, and coupled with the rest of the specs is quite justified.


The Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime comes with a quad-core Mediatek MT6737 processor, coupled with a Mali-T720 GPU. It also comes with 1.5GB RAM to help with multitasking and gaming. However, at its price, you can find competing phones with far better specs. 8

In comparison, the Galaxy J2 Prime’s budget processor is a let down, especially considering the price. In our testing with games like Clash of Clans, Candy Crush to high-end Asphalt 8 – the gaming performance was average. 6

Storage wise, the Galaxy J2 Prime comes packed with a standard 8GB native storage capacity that can be expanded further by another 256GB with the help of a micro SD card. There are much better offerings in the segment with enhanced storage capacities on-board.


The front camera has a resolution of 5-megapixels with LED flash and the wide f/2.2 aperture, which is not bad at this price point. 2

Rear camera of an 8-megapixels, provides a good image quality. The main improvement over the previous generation is the low light photography is now quite good.

An 8MP camera is supplemented with auto focus and LED flash. Also, this snapper supports recording HD 720p videos. This makes the smartphone a decent device when it comes to imaging and hence, it can compete with the other devices in the segment. 7

This device battery capacity is 2600mAh, which cannot be considered as for record times. No support for fast charging, we’ve turned on the HD video at the maximum brightness and got to play back time about a less than 12 hours.

Connectivity & OS 3

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime includes 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and 3.5 mm audio jack options. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and sports Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Proximity sensor out of the box.

Final line

The Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime is a good phone that seems to cost a little more than it should, considering the specs and real life performance. The weaker processor and the higher price hold the phone back. Otherwise, in our testing so far, we have found it to be an adequate device. At just $129, it may work well in USA, given the fierce competition in the market.

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