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US might see the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core, Samsung's first Android Go device

The Galaxy J2 Core is Samsung's first Android Go device. We just heard the budget phone might make its way to the United States.

Published onNovember 2, 2018

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core.
  • FCC regulatory filings hint at the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core coming to the United States.
  • The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is the first Samsung device to run Android Go (Oreo).
  • Since this would be an incredibly cheap device, it likely will come to MVNO carriers like Boost Mobile and Cricket.

Back in August, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core in India and Malaysia. The ultra-budget device is the first smartphone from Samsung to run Android Go (the Oreo edition).

Now, via SamMobile, it looks likely the Galaxy J2 Core will be coming to the United States. This rumor stems from a set of FCC filings which show a pair of Samsung model numbers receiving approval. Those model numbers match with the Galaxy J2 Core.

The Galaxy J2 Core has a cheap form factor with very thick bezels (see above). It also is no powerhouse with only 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 2,600mAh battery, and a 5-inch 960×540 TFT display.

Galaxy J2 Core announced: This is Samsung's first Android Go device
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core.

In India and Malaysia, the device sells for 6,190 rupees (~$85). However, you can already buy an unlocked model of the device direct from Samsung via its store, and the device’s price starts at $94. Therefore, it’s hard to judge exactly how much these newly-approved models will go for.

Since this is a cheap device with low-grade hardware, we don’t expect the J2 Core to come to any of the Big Four carriers. Instead, it’s far more likely the J2 Core will land on MVNOs like Boost Mobile or Cricket.

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