2018 smartphones are shipped with a variety of features to try to attract a purchase, but one thing they all have in common is the ability to access the Internet and use mobile applications. However, the new Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro phone can look like any other smartphone, but it is far from it.
Last week Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro in South Korea. As reported by Ayrne, the phone has a 5-inch QHD AMOLED screen, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera, and runs Android 7.1 Nougat using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz processor . The battery is 2,600 mAh and you can insert up to a 256 GB micro SD card into the included slot.
So far, very smart. But it seems to be where the similarities end. The J2 Pro will not be able to load web pages, run mobile applications or do anything that requires access to 3G, LTE or even Wi-Fi networks. This is as basic as phones when it comes to data access. You can make calls, send text messages, take photos and look at content (from a micro SD card), and that's it.
Samsung made J2 Pro available to serve very specific markets, especially the elderly, parents who want their children to have a telephone only for easy contact, and students who need a telephone but do not want distractions from their studies. Students have an additional incentive since Samsung promises to accept the phone from any student who takes the 2019/20 School Ability Test and replaces it with a Galaxy S phone instead.
The J2 Pro will be available in black or gold colors and is priced at 199,100 won, which is approximately $ 185. So, it's certainly not a cheap phone to buy. However, the inability to even consider a data plan means that the ongoing costs should be very low and eliminate the concern that you may be incurring a large bill when accessing the content through your phone.
For now, Samsung has no plans to launch the J2 Pro outside of South Korea. Would there be a market for that if they did? If the price was right, I bet it does. The number of seniors is increasing, and concerns about children's access to the Internet are increasing. A silly smartphone could be very popular.