Samsung Galaxy J2 2017 quietly unveiled priced at under Ksh 12,000

Kenya is one of the countries where Samsung enjoys a significant market share in the low-end smartphone ecosystem thanks to the ever-growing Galaxy J family.

After releasing the Galaxy J7 2017, Galaxy J5 2017 and Galaxy J3 2017, the South Korean tech giant has turned attention to the budget-friendlier Galaxy J2 model, giving the 2016 version a successor that isn’t so different in terms of design and specs. Perhaps the only change would be a new software experience, but for the specs, they remain (largely) unchanged.

The new Samsung Galaxy J2 2017 model has the same 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display screen with a qHD (540 x960 pixels) resolution and a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz running the show alongside 1GB of RAM. For storage purposes, the J2 2017 gives you a mere 8GB, but this can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 128GB.

The back camera of the Galaxy J2 2017 has a 5MP lens with autofocus and LED flash while the selfie shooter gets a 2MP unit. Other features of the phone include support for 4G LTE connectivity, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.1 as well as Ultra Data Saving Mode to check on your data usage and thus help you save a few shillings on your data plan. Keeping the phone alive is a 2000mAh removable battery unit and in terms of software, Android – possibly Nougat – runs the show out of the box.

Perhaps of great essence to this story is the fact that the new Samsung Galaxy J2 2017 has only been unveiled in India. So far, the tech giant has said no word on when or if the phone will be released in other markets. However, given that we have the Galaxy J2 2016 model on the market, we expect to see the 2017 model selling locally as well.

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In India, the phone has a price tag of Rs 7,390, which translates to about Ksh 11,800. We’ll let you know when the phone starts selling in Kenya. Right now, the Galaxy J2 (2016) model retails at Ksh 12,500 on Jumia.

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