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Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) – A Mid-Ranger with Smart Glow

The competition in the smartphone market is so intense right now that any manufacturer that wants to dominate the market or improve or maintain its share must find a way to set its devices apart. For instance, if operating system was all that mattered, you would have gone for the budget ZTE V3 Youth instead of the Samsung flagship Galaxy S6 Edge. Leading companies, such as Samsung, know they need to continue to innovate to maintain their position. The Smart Glow notification feature on the 2016 edition of Galaxy J2 is one of such innovation, however minute, that Samsung hopes will help it remain relevant in the market.

Samsung Galaxy J2 2016

Design and Display

Samsung Galaxy J2 parades a clean and appealing design which features nice curves. After all, it belongs to the Galaxy series which boasts many attractive devices. This should be a joy to hold in your hand. It has a decently svelte profile at 8 millimetres, but this is definitely not the slimmest of phones around. The available colours which you can choose from are black, white and gold. The device sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. You can expect impressive viewing experience on this one.

Smart Glow

The headline feature of the Galaxy J2 is its Smart Glow notification system. The smartphone is the first from Samsung to use this. What the feature does is to allow you add colour to alerts for your contacts, apps or phone usage. You can use the innovative LED-light notification feature for three usage circumstances, namely: Selfie Assist, Usage alerts and Priority alerts. Essentially, you can have an idea of what is happening on your phone whenever you get an alert without necessarily viewing the display.


Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) packs an 8MP rear and 5MP selfie camera combo. The setup may not be the best in the midrange segment, at least in terms of resolution, but this is a device from Samsung. You should expect to take great shots with this device. The Selfie Assist aspect of Smart Glow notification system lets you capture quality framed selfies with the rear camera. The LED ring of the Smart Glow shines brightly and your selfie is automatically captured when the system detects proper face alignment.

Hardware and Storage

Powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, the Galaxy J2 looks to deliver decent performance. The chip is married to 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage capacity. Users will be able to extend storage space further – by up to 128 GB – using a microSD card. The phone boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. This software is the best for now, at least while we wait for the official release of Android 7.0 Nougat. The user interface has been refreshed with several interesting features added.

Sundry Features

Samsung Galaxy J2 comes with several other interesting features. Among these is the new Turbo Speed technology which, as its name indicates, boosts the speed or responsiveness of the smartphone. It is claimed that the feature enables the device load applications up to 40 percent quicker than regular devices with twice the RAM capacity. The phone also has an S Bike mode and Ultra Data Saving among other Galaxy J series devices.

Power is supplied to the Samsung Galaxy J2 by a 2,600mAh battery which promises decent runtime. It supports 4G LTE (Cat. 4) connectivity for theoretical download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. You also get other regular connectivity options. The phone offers dual-SIM support.

Pricing and Availability

Samsung Galaxy J2 is available in India, starting from July 10. As usual, we cannot tell for now when and if the smartphone will be launched in Nigeria. It is priced at INR 9,750 in the Asian country. You are looking at a price in the range N40,000-N55,000 to get a unit.


Samsung Galaxy J2 at a Glance

– 5” HD sAMOLED display
– Smart Glow LED notification system
– 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras
– 1.5GHz quad-core processor
– 1.5GB RAM
– 8GB expandable storage
– Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS
– 2,600mAh battery
– 4G LTE (Cat. 4)
– Dual SIM © 2015 Frontier Theme