- Analysis by KJ David
A low-budget phablet, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Core, which is an offshoot of the 2018 Galaxy J4, suffers from an archaic-sounding hardware setup composed of a mediocre (by the entry-level standards as of this specs-based review) 1.4GHz quad-core processor coupled with a mere 1GB RAM . In comparison, a good number of similarly-sized models run on octa-core processors (Check out some popular eight-core phones here) and do not go any lower than 2GB of RAM.
Speaking of size, its low-caliber hardware components support a large 6-inch display . That being said, its large screen is marred by cons like a run-of-the-mill HD+ (1480 x 720) resolution and, consequently, a measly 274ppi pixel density count . Note that several competing large-screen smartphones come with sharper FHD/FHD+ (1080p) displays and score at least 400ppi.
The J4 Core is not without some redeeming pros, though, one of which is its Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition operating system , which essentially means that it comes with a bevy of optimizations as a means of compensating for its lackluster hardware specs -- don't forget to check out this Phonerated list of Android Go models. Moreover, it comes with signature Samsung apps like Smart Manager and Performance Enhancer , the latter promising to speed up the phone by sleeping unused or background applications.
Looking into its other pros and cons, this NFC-less entry-level Android touts a low-caliber duo of cameras -- an 8-megapixel primary cam at the back and a 5-megapixel selfie cam up front. Also, it is loaded with no more than 16GB of on-board memory , but it does support gigantic 512GB microSD cards , which is way more than what we would normally expect out of low-caliber 2018 smartphones.
Powering this Galaxy J edition's feature set is a 3300mAh battery promising a highly-reassuring 110-hour (6600 minutes) continuous music playback time that was over 80 percent higher than the average mark when it hit the market. It comes with standard 4G LTE connectivity and it offers dual nano SIM card slots.
So, given its array of pros and cons, the Galaxy J4 Core is obviously made for practically-minded shoppers who prefer large-screen models.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung J4 Core, Samsung SM-J410
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