Could this be Samsung’s first entry-level Android Go phone?

Here's a first look at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy J2 Core

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It looks like Samsung is gearing up to release its first ever entry-level Android Go handset. Here’s everything we know about Samsung rumored budget powerhouse.

Design

Our first glimpse of the rumored Samsung Galaxy J2 Core comes courtesy of SamMobile. The website published leaked photos of a purported Samsung Handset running a custom version of Android Go software.

From the image, it looks like the phone will look very much like a budget phone. Its 5-inch display features chunky bezels, and the back appears to be made of polycarbonate.

Specs

A leaked spec sheet, first posted on Slashleaks, gives us a few details on the J2 Core’s specs. It appears to corroborate rumors from an earlier Geekbench benchmark report.

The current rumors suggest the phone ships with a quad-core Exynos 7570 processor and 1GB of RAM — these meager specs putting the device well within the usual range for an Android Go smartphone. The handset also features a paltry 16GB of onboard storage. We’re hoping it will feature a hybrid SIM or MicroSD slot to extend storage a little further.

Display

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According to a leaked spec sheet on Slashleaks, it looks like Samsung may have one surprise in store for its J2 Core.  The leaked specs claim the phone will feature a 5-inch AMOLED display.  While we were initially a bit skeptical about an AMOLED display on a budget phone, Samsung seems to be the one manufacturer that could make this a reality.

Battery and charging

So will the J2 Core pack a huge battery to compete with other budget phones like the Moto E5 Plus? Well, if the rumors are correct it looks like we may be a little disappointed. According to Slashleaks, it looks like the budget phone will ship with a 2,600mAh battery–pretty standard fare for a budget phone.

And while we’re not sure if the phone will feature a quick charging option, we’re pretty confident it will not feature wireless charging.

Camera

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So what will the camera be like on Samsung’s latest budget phone? The leaked spec sheet suggests the phone will feature an 8-megapixel rear shooter along with a 5-megapixel selfie cam.

Software

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The operating system is listed as the latest version of Android Oreo — Android 8.1 Oreo. Since we have yet to even get a hint of Android 8.1 Oreo on Samsung’s top-end flagships, it seems a safe bet that this phone will be equipped with the low-demand Android Go software.

Android Go is Google’s attempt to break into rapidly developing markets dominated by low-spec budget devices. As such, Android Go is a bare-bones version Android that makes much lower demands on system resources — to fit lower-end hardware — and special versions of Google’s G Suite apps, specially optimized to fit and run on entry-level devices.

Now that doesn’t mean that Samsung will not make tweaks to Android. Leaked images of the phone appear to show it running with Samsung Experience.

Name

The bets are out on the name of this device, and judging by the model number and Samsung’s past behavior, our money is definitely on some variant of the Galaxy J-range. The Galaxy J2 Core seems likely, since the Galaxy J-range has been Samsung’s go-to budget model range, and it’s a range that the South Korean tech giant hasn’t been afraid to experiment with in the past. Recently, Samsung released a version of the Galaxy J2 Pro with no internet access, specifically intended for students studying for the Korean College Scholastic Ability Test.

Release and availability

So when should we expect to see Samsung’s next budget phone? Well, our bets are on the Samsung Unpacked event happening on August 9, in New York. We believe the Korean tech giant will release the phone alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, and Samsung Gear S4.

According to SamMobile, Samsung has been testing a budget handset in multiple markets, implying we will see a worldwide release for the phone. According to that exclusive report, Samsung is testing different variants of the device in different regions worldwide, with the SM-J260F being tested in the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Caucasus countries, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, France, and Poland.

Model number SM-J260M is being tested in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Canada, and Paraguay, while SM-J260G gets a portion of the Asian market, including Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam. It’s currently unknown whether each model number will have any significant changes to the others.

Updated on July 3: Added leaked images.

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