Samsung quietly reveals the 'Galaxy J4 Core,' a stripped-down alternative to modern flagships

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Google's stripped-down "Android Go" operating system designed for budget phones is still going strong, and Samsung's upcoming Galaxy J4 Core is the latest example of that.

The device, as noted by Android Police, is the next generation of Samsung's Galaxy J2 Core, which was first released back in August. The J4's specifications are certainly nothing to write home about, but it seems like a perfect fit for emerging markets which haven't yet become accustomed to the high-powered specs common in flagship smartphones.

Design-wise, the J4 Core probably won't blow your mind. It's top and bottom bezels are relatively thick compared to other modern smartphones (even budget options), but it still appears to be quite thin. It's not clear what level of dust/water resistance the device has (if any), and we don't know what sort of glass it's using.

The J4 houses a quad-core CPU (clocked at 1.4Ghz), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of micro SD storage (upgradeable to 512GB), an 8MP F2.2 rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 720x1480p screen.

Though the screen is low-res, the device itself is only 6", so it likely won't be as noticeable as it may be on a higher-end smartphone. The J4's battery capacity is decent for a low-end phone at 3,300mAh, but it's still far from industry standard.

Specifications aside, we don't know what the Galaxy J4 Core's cost will be, nor is it clear precisely when the smartphone will launch. However, you can take a quick look at its full spec sheet, as well as a few images of the phone on Samsung's official website.

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toooooot

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It looks cheap, I don't like it. Even for 200-250, I d want a device that looks stylish. ZTE is one example. I understand Samsung doesn't want its cheap devices to look like their top tier, but this... It looks like a 50 dollar device.
 
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Uncle Al

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Yeah but you can bet Google has loaded it up with bloatware and spy bots ...... no bargin there.....
 

Fuzzy Dunalap

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1gb of RAM? Modern budget phones have at least 2gb, that thing is going to choke no matter what you do, a couple of the cores while constantly play fetch for whatever is cached out, that leaves you with 2 1.4Mhz cores. Damn, that's cruel.

The Motorola G4 play has them beat hands down and you can go buy that prepay for less than $100.
 
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misor

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1gb of RAM? Modern budget phones have at least 2gb, that thing is going to choke no matter what you do, a couple of the cores while constantly play fetch for whatever is cached out, that leaves you with 2 1.4Mhz cores. Damn, that's cruel.

The Motorola G4 play has them beat hands down and you can go buy that prepay for less than $100.
android go phones have 1GB ram or less(512MB). this is different from regular android phones which run on 'normal android OS'
 

Capaill

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How is that going to compete with low-cost high-spec Chinese phones? Samsung must be hoping there are lots of people out there who want a recognised brand name at a cheap cost and don't expect much from the internals of a phone.
Then again, if the phone works and does the basics well, it might herald a new direction where it's not all about how many features you can cram into a phone costing over a grand.