An Android Go-powered Samsung smartphone was spotted on Geekbench back in May and a month later, hands-on images of the device and its key specs were leaked. Samsung has now officially unveiled the Galaxy J2 Core, an entry-level smartphone which is Samsung’s first Android Go device. The Galaxy J2 Core boots Android Go based on Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with ‘Go’ edition of optimized Google apps such as Assistant Go, Gmail Go, Maps Go, and YouTube Go among others.

As per Samsung’s press release, the Galaxy J2 Core will be available in Malaysia and India starting August 24th, 2018 and will hit the shelves in other countries at a later date, however, Samsung has not revealed the pricing of the smartphone.

As for the specs, the Galaxy J2 Core features a 5-inch qHD display (540 x 960) display encased in a polycarbonate body with a gold paint job. The device is powered by an Exynos 7570 SoC, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There is a 2,600mAh battery which is claimed to give a full day of usage, thanks to optimized Go edition apps which are less resource intensive.

Display5.0-inch TFT display (540 x 960 pixels)
Camera8MP rear and 5MP front camera
RAM1GB
Internal Storage 8GB
Battery2,600mAh
Processor Exynos 7570
OSAndroid Oreo (Go edition)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.2, USB 2.0, GPS, Glonass, BeiDou
SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity

The Galaxy J2 Core packs an 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP front camera with the same aperture. Samsung claims that both the cameras offer features such as wide-angle photography and beauty mode for capturing higher quality images. The Android Go-powered smartphone also comes pre-loaded with Samsung’s Optimised Data Control feature to manage data consumption.