Samsung has been adding devices to its affordable J series. The Galaxy J3 was launched on March 31 this year and now, Samsung has launched yet another device in the J series, the Galaxy J2. The Galaxy J2 has been priced at Rs. 9,750 and the Galaxy J3 has been priced at Rs. 8,990.

Today, we compare both the devices from the budget series to help you decide which device is better for you.

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Specifications Comparison

Key SpecsSamsung Galaxy J2 (2016)Samsung Galaxy J3
Display5 inches Super AMOLED dsplay5 inches Super AMOLED display
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)HD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7
ChipsetSpreadtrum SC8830Speardtrum SC7731
GPUMali-400MP2Mali-400MP2
Memory1.5 GB RAM1.5 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 8 GB8 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, up to 128 GB via microSD cardYes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera8 MP with LED flash8 MP with LED flash
Video recording720p@30fps720p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP5 MP
Battery 2600 mAh2600 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNoNo
4G readyYesYes
SIM card typeDual SIMDual SIM
WaterproofNoNo
Weight134 g138 gms
Dimensions142.4 x 71.1 x 8 mm142.3 x 71 x 7.9 mm
Price Rs. 9,750Rs. 8,990

Design & Build

The Samsung Galaxy J2 comes with a plastic body. It comes with curved corners that make it more comfortable to hold. The back of the device is different from other devices that we have seen from Samsung. The device comes with a slight hump with stripes on the back. There is a Smart Glow LED ring around the camera which serves as a notification light.

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The Samsung Galaxy J3 too comes with a plastic body. It has faux leather back with rounded sides that are made of polycarbonate and have a solid feel. It has plastic rims with a chrome finish to give it a metallic look. Both the devices come with a physical home button on the front along with the two navigation keys on the either side of the button. Both the devices lack a fingerprint scanner.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy J2 features a 5 inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 720p. It comes with a pixel density of ~294 ppi and color depth of 16M colors.

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The Galaxy J3 also features a 5 inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 720p. It comes with a pixel density of ~294 ppi and color depth of 16M colors. The J3 comes with Asahi Dragontrail Glass protection. There is no major difference among both the devices in terms of display.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy J2 sports an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and f/2.2 aperture. It can record videos up to 720p@30fps. On the front, the device features a 5 MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture.

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The Samsung Galaxy J3 also features an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and f/2.2 aperture. Just like the J2, the J3 can record videos up to 720p@30fps. On the front, the J3 features a 5 MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. Samsung has launched both the devices with similar camera setup.

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Camera Samples

Hardware and Storage

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The J2 is powered by a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Spreadtrum SC8830 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU. The J3 on the other hand is powered by a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Speardtrum SC7731 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU. Both the devices come with 1.5 GB of RAM. At a time when most budget smartphones come with a minimum 16 GB of internal storage, Samsung has launched both J2 and J3 with just 8 GB of internal storage. The storage can be further expanded up to 128 GB via microSD card. Both the devices come with a dedicated microSD card slot.

Battery

Again, both the devices come with a similar removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery. Considering that the processor and the display of the devices are the same, the battery life of both the devices will be similar.

Pricing & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy J2 has been priced at Rs. 9,750 and can be purchased online. The Samsung Galaxy J3 has been priced at Rs. 8,990 and can be purchased from Snapdeal. Snapdeal is currently offering the device at a discounted price.

You may be slightly surprised that the J3 costs less than the J2, but this is because the J3 was launched nearly 4 months ago.

Conclusion

The Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J2 are Samsung’s two new devices aimed at competing with the offerings from its Chinese competitors. With the competition getting extremely tough in the sub-10k price range, Samsung needs phones with the right specs and at the right price. Unfortunately, they don’t really seem to hold up to any of the phones in their price ranges.

Even comparing the Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J2, you get only two differences – the J3 was launched with Lollipop (and will probably be stuck on Lollipop forever) while the J2 comes with Marshmallow. However, the J3 comes with a Spreadtrum SC7731 processor while the J2 comes with a Spreadtrum SC8830 processor. Both the processors are clocked similarly so you shouldn’t notice a lot of difference.

Compare this with the competing devices in this range which come with either a Mediatek or a Snapdragon processor, both of which are far more superior and better supported than Spreadtrum. Samsung’s strategy seems half-hearted at best, here.

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Rounak is techie by heart and journalist by profession. He is responsible to take care of editing job at Gadgets To Use. Driven by curiosity and a thirst to learn new things in life, he is always intrigued by the things we can do with a gadget in our hands. A stock Android and Nexus fan, he also enjoys cricket and reading in his free time.