The Best Android Smartphones Under 5000 (Budget Samsung Mobiles) in India

by Oct 23, 2019

Samsung is a brand that once ruled the Indian smartphone market in all its glory. The company had managed to strike a chord with the Indian consumers and launched some pretty good smartphones in the past. It was the reason behind Android becoming so popular among Indian smartphone users, especially in the budget segment.

But in the recent few years, Samsung was dethroned by Chinese brands like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and some others. These companies offered a tonne of great features at a fraction of the cost. The performance and styling was another aspect which led to the rise of these brands.

But Samsung has come up with many different and new smartphones for its entry-level and budget-friendly consumers to lure more customers in. In this list, you can choose from some of the best Samsung smartphones in the Indian market at just under Rs.5000. This list includes both Android as well as Tizen OS-based smartphones and if you are a Samsung fan you surely will enjoy this list as it includes some of the old classics from the Korean giant as well. So let’s jump right into the action!

The 10 Best Android Smartphones Under 5000 (Budget Samsung Mobiles)

1.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.0" (540 x 960)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    2600 mAh

Overview

In the recent few years, Samsung has been fighting to get hold of the entry-level smartphone market. The Samsung J2 Core is an Android Go edition smartphone making it the first Samsung phone to come with an Android Go edition and is aimed to give a smooth experience as Android Go is a light OS.

The company has kept the design very simple yet pretty solid. Its body is composed of plastic but looks good and feels good to hold. The J2 Core is available in Black, Gold, and Lavender color options. The screen is relatively small only 5 inches with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The display is qHD having a 540×960 resolution and has no ambient light sensor. Considering the price, it is an average display and could have been a little better as many companies are providing an HD display at this price.

The J2 Core comes with an Exynos 7570 SoC which is a quad-core chip clocking at 1.4 GHz. The processor is built on a 14 nm FinFET process paired with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. The storage can be further upgraded to 256 GB via an SD card. As for the performance, the phone performs admirably good considering the configuration. The apps launch quickly and basic tasks are handled efficiently. Although being an entry-level device there isn’t support for a whole lot of games so keep that in mind.

The phone is fitted with a basic 8-megapixel rear camera having f/2.2 aperture and autofocus although the autofocus is quite slow and takes time to fix the exposure. The photos from the camera are satisfactory but lack details and macros aren’t that good either. The low light shots are suitable but there is motion blur and aren’t very well-defined. The camera is capable of shooting videos at 1080p @ 30 fps for both front and rear cameras. On the front, a 5-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 is available. The shots from the selfie camera aren’t very sharp and miss out on details.

A 2600 mAh removable battery is present and can last for about 16 hours in one go. If used for elementary purposes it can easily last a day without any hassle. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) and can’t be further upgraded and the phone also supports 4G VoLTE but only accessible to one SIM at a time.

Additional Features

Apart from all the Go apps that come pre-installed with the phone, there is one extra feature that might come in handy at times. As the J2 Core doesn’t have an ambient light sensor, it makes up for it by using the selfie camera to assess the ambient light around and help adjust the screen brightness although it isn’t as accurate as a dedicated ambient light sensor would be.

Verdict

The Samsung J2 Core delivers good performance and can manage everyday applications without any problems. The battery life is also very pleasing and can easily last for a day making it a good option. Still, there are some issues like the display and less RAM but considering the price, it is a good bargain.

What We Loved

  • Great battery life
  • Decent performance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Less RAM
  • Poor cameras
  • The display is not sharp
2.

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.0" (540 x 960)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 5 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    2600 mAh

Overview

Samsung launched the Galaxy A2 Core in April this year which comes with the Go edition of Android to provide consumers with more budget level options and increase its prominence in the entry-level Indian market.

The A2 Core's body is made out of plastic but is sturdy and looks decent. It features a 5.0 inches PLS TFT display instead of an LCD panel with 540x960 pixels resolution and 220 PPI of pixel density. It is a fair display with respectable brightness and viewing angles although it lacks sharpness and sometimes looks faded. It comes in four color options namely Black, Blue, Red, and Gold, while the back cover can be easily popped open.

It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset and a Mali-T830 GPU. The processor is built on 14 nm architecture while the phone has 1GB of RAM and is made accessible in two storage options of 8 and 16 GB. Due to an older and relatively less powerful processor, the phone is unable to perform gaming or other heavy tasks although simple and daily tasks feel relatively smooth. Instances of inadequate RAM can also be observed while multitasking and even light apps tend to struggle when put to heavy usage. For storage of media and other files and dedicated SD slot is present which can be expanded to 256 GB.

It also includes a 5-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.9 aperture. The camera is very ordinary and the images don't have many properties. It has an HDR and autofocus and can also record videos at 1080 @ 30 fps but the video tends to be a little blurry at times. A 5-megapixel front camera does a fair job in capturing selfies which can be used on social media or shared among friends but group selfies and low light photos are disappointing.

The camera might be a little disappointing but the A2 Core makes up for it in the battery section. It has a 2600 mAh battery which is sufficient for a day's usage when fully charged. It comes with Go edition Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and supports connectivity options like 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and so on.

Verdict

With more and more companies coming up with different budget smartphones and offering great specs at a fraction of the cost, the Galaxy A2 Core falls a little behind with only 1 GB of RAM, an underpowered processor, and poor cameras. However, if you are searching for a basic smartphone for the tele-internet and messaging Galaxy A2 can be a viable option.

What We Loved

  • Good battery
  • Decent display

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor cameras
  • Underpowered chipset
  • RAM could have been more
3.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo

Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    4.8" (720 x 1280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1.5GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    2100 mAh

Overview

The Galaxy S series from Samsung was and even still is a massive success for the Korean giant. It took the Indian market by storm and is considered a flagship series with great specs and performance. Samsung launched Galaxy S3 Neo a stripped-down version of S3 with some step-downs to its premium counterpart targeted at mid-segment consumers. Although it was released way back in 2014, it still has some cool features and offers suitable performance.

The S3 Neo has a solid build quality and is comfortable to hold and can be used single-handedly. The body is made of high-grade plastic and comes in a variety of colors like Pink, Pebble Blue, Marble White, and a few more to choose from. It packs a 4.8 inches Super AMOLED display having 720x1280 pixels resolution. The display is excellent and has great viewing angles too. The images look sharp and clear in outdoor conditions as well. It doesn't have any Gorilla Glass protection though.

It comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC paired with 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of inbuilt storage capacity. An Adreno 305 GPU can also be found. An additional storage slot with SD card support is provided but has only 64 GB of capacity. In terms of performance, the S3 Neo is a balanced phone that handles both games as well as apps well enough. However, having less RAM causes issues when a lot of apps are open in the background and causes the phone to sometimes crash as well. There are heating concerns when using the phone for an extended duration or when loading heavy apps.

An 8-megapixel rear camera along with a 1.9-megapixel front camera is present on the phone. The rear camera captures some nice shots although it lacks many essential features like night mode or panorama and the pictures look blurry with a lot of noise when capturing images in low light. The selfie camera merely does the job and the pictures look hazy and details are almost absent. The rear camera can record videos up to 1080p while the front can record at 720p.

The Galaxy S3 Neo owns a 2100 mAh battery that only lasts for about 10-12 hours which isn't that commendable and is a problem with all Samsung's old phones. It runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and can be further upgraded to 4.4 ( Kitkat). However, if you are into rooting and custom ROMs you can upgrade the device to Android 8.1 Oreo which can give you extra software support as most current apps require Android 4.4 and above. The phone only supports 4G and not VoLTE as it is an outdated device.

Additional Features

Samsung Galaxy S series packs a lot of great additional features that can prove to be useful on a daily basis. The S3 Neo has S- Voice natural commands and dictation which can be used to control the phone via your voice. The Easy Phone Sync app lets you transfer music, photos, videos, or files from iPhone to Galaxy S3 Neo easily.

Verdict

The S3 Neo is a very old device and although it can be upgraded to Android Oreo it still is behind in hardware capabilities when compared to phones that are available now. If you are an enthusiast and looking for an old Samsung device at cheap prices S3 Neo might be worth it otherwise you can skip this one as many devices offer much better configuration and new hardware as well.

What We Loved

  • Excellent display
  • Average performance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Old hardware
  • Poor camera quality
  • No software upgradability
4.

Samsung Z4

Samsung Z4
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    4.5" (480 x 800)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 5 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    2050 mAh

Overview

The launch of Samsung's Z series marked the beginning of the company's very own OS the Tizen OS. The Tizen OS is a Linux based OS that was developed and primarily used by Samsung electronics. It was considered as Samsung's answer to Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It is still used on smartwatches that the company makes.

The Z4 like any other entry-level smartphone is carved out of plastic and Samsung has also provided an extra back cover in the box. On the front, a good amount of bezels can be seen which is something very common in this price range although the Korean giant could have designed it differently. The display is a 4.5 inches TFT LCD panel with 480x800 resolution and 5:3 aspect ratio. The screen is extremely mediocre and there is nothing special to it. Watching videos or playing games can be difficult as the screen isn't very sharp.

The Z4 is unable to fulfill daily tasks or manage apps properly and the one to be blamed is the underpowered Spreadtrum SC9830 32 bit ARM v7 processor. It would have been good to see the company's very own Exynos processor instead of Spreadtrum as Exynos processors are faster and more efficient. Also, Tizen OS is capable to work with 64-bit hardware too. All of this makes the phone greatly slow and unresponsive which ultimately leads to lags and app to crash in most cases.

There isn't a lot o expect from the 5-megapixel rear camera but under ample light conditions, the images are fair though when viewed on large screens the poor quality is immediately revealed. In low light conditions, the camera fails drastically and the images contain a lot of noise and there aren't any details either. The dual flash setup is also of no use.

However, battery life isn't as bad as the performance, thanks to the 2050 mAh battery which can last a day on medium usage. But charging the phone takes about 2-3 hours and the phone has no support for quick or fast charge. In the case of software, the phone comes installed with Tizen 3.0 and is VoLTE compatible. Other features such as a dedicated SD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB on the Go are made available.

Verdict

The Z4 had a lot of expectations since it was launched and the company failed to deliver in almost every aspect. As Tizen OS isn't a widely used operating system it is really hard for many app developers to provide support to these smartphones. With the likes of Xiaomi, OPPO, and many other companies developing much better smartphones in the mid and entry-level that offer better all-round performance it is hard to recommend the Z4.

What We Loved

  • Good battery life
  • Tizen OS provides a good experience

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor cameras
  • Underpowered chipset
  • The display could have been improved
5.

Samsung Z1

Samsung Z1
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    4.0" (480 x 800)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 3 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    768MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1500 mAh

Overview

Samsung in 2015 launched a new series of smartphones that ran on Tizen OS ( Samsung's operating system) instead of the traditional Android OS. The company named it the Z series and the first phone under this category was the Z1. The Z series is intended for entry-level users or consumers offering them something new in order to gain market control.

The design and look of the smartphone are kept very fundamental and uses cheap plastic chassis. The body is yet sturdy and solid and very compact. The screen is surrounded by thick bezels all around and a home button at the center and is accompanied by two capacitive buttons alongside the home button. The design has previously been spotted in a lot of Galaxy devices earlier.

It comes with a 4 inch TFT display with 480x800 pixels resolution and an aspect ratio of 5:3 and 233 PPI of pixel density. The screen is small and not sharp either an LCD panel would have been surely a better alternative as it has become more common and many companies are using it in their low-end devices.

The Z1 gets its power by a 1.2 GHz Spreadtrum SC7727S SoC and has a Mali - 400 GPU. The RAM on this device is below average just 768 MB! A 4 GB of inbuilt storage is provided with further expansion to 64 GB via an SD card. The company has managed to extract a very decent performance and even the most memory intensive apps perform well and show no lags or stutters. Although multitasking is nearly impossible and the phone gets heated when a lot of apps are launched in the background simultaneously. Also, many high-end or medium games are not supported by the device.

A 3.1-megapixel rear camera bearly does the intended job and the images look very ordinary. In low light circumstances, things get even worse and there is a lot of noise in the pictures. A VGA camera is present in the front of the phone is very poor and the pictures aren't even noticeable most of the time. The rear camera can record videos at [email protected] 15 fps.

The Z1 has a 1500 mAh battery which can power the phone for a day when used mildly but on heavy usage, only lasts for 15 -17 hours. The device runs on Tizen 2.3 out of the box and can be upgraded to Tizen 3.0. It does not have 4G support which now has become such a common thing although it supports dual SIM facility.

Verdict

Samsung Z1 is a very old smartphone and it isn't able to perform most of the everyday tasks and apps like Whatsapp and Facebook tend to lag and stutters. It doesn't support 4G and the overall experience is bad. If you are in the market for a budget smartphone you should consider some other newer releases from different companies.

What We Loved

  • Decent battery life
  • Dual SIM

What We Didn’t Like

  • No 4G support
  • Outdated processor
  • Low RAM availability
6.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.1" (1080 x 1920)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    2800 mAh

Overview

The Galaxy S5 was launched in 2014 and once was a great flagship smartphone. The phone was the successor of Galaxy S4 and an incremental update from the company. Although the phone is built out of plastic it at least doesn't seem like one. A metal effect bezel surrounds the handset and a rubberized rear cover gives the phone a classier look and feel. The phone is IP67 water and dust resistant for up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, but the touch doesn't work when underwater. In making the phone water-resistant, the company was forced to add a flap to cover the USB port in order to preserve it from getting damaged. A front-mounted fingerprint scanner is also present.

The 5.1 inches Super AMOLED display with 1080x1920 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio looks great and has incredibly deep black levels (0.0128 cd/m2). The display is bright and is legible in bright outdoor conditions while also having great viewing angles. It was launched in four color options namely Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, and Shimmery White.

With Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which runs at 2.5 GHz and is coupled with 2 GB of RAM, the S5 is surely a great performer. It additionally comes with an Adreno 330 which is a proficient GPU and can run games smoothly. The S5 is an excellent everyday smartphone and is capable of running apps easily without any trouble. Though multitasking is a difficulty due to less amount of RAM availability and modern games like PUBG Mobile can only run on low or medium settings and the device tends to heat up when used for long durations.
The S5 has a pretty amazing camera, although dual cameras were not a trend back then it surely takes some great images. It has an ISOCELL image sensor which the company claims can deliver clearer, more detailed images. The rear shooter is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The images are detailed with natural colors and good exposure but there is a fair amount of noise when seen closely especially in landscape shots or distant objects. The High Dynamic Range or HDR mode is excellent and evens out the images to a great extent when enabled. In low light situations, the images were also good thanks to the bright LED flash that is present. The S5 can record videos in 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @60fps, and 720p @120 fps which is very impressive.

The 2800 mAh battery is adequate and power-efficient as well mostly due to the Qualcomm chip present. It can last for about 17 hours once fully charged which more than expected considering the heavy specs. The phone runs on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) and is upgradable to Android 6.0 ( Marshmallow). However, by rooting and installing Custom ROMs such as Lineage OS can further upgrade the S5 to Android 9.0. The S5 has 4G connectivity ( no VoLTE support) other than the conventional WiFi and Bluetooth options.

Additional Features

The Galaxy S5 has some very amazing drool-worthy features which are fun to use. Firstly the Download Booster is an inbuilt tool that automatically boosts your download speed and lets you download files much faster than intended. The device also supports the S -Voice commands and dictation. A multi-window mode lets you launch two apps at once, thus making multi-tasking a lot easier. Next, there is Air View that lets users preview a photo or an email or a text message in the inbox, all without touching the screen. Smart Stay is a great feature that uses the front-facing camera to sense when you are looking at the phone so the screen stays on despite the screen timeout settings. The Easy Mute feature allows the user to mute incoming calls and alarms quickly just by placing one's hand on the screen. It also has Air Gestures that lets you interact with the phone by using certain on-screen gestures.

Verdict

The Galaxy S5 is feature-rich and a classic smartphone from the Korean company. It comes with great specs and amazing features that are great for daily use. The cameras are also above average even being a little old. Though performance and multitasking can be an issue sometimes, the phone is great for mild usage.

What We Loved

  • Excellent display
  • Good cameras
  • Water and dust proof
  • Decent battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Outdated hardware
  • Ordinary design
  • Heating issues
7.

Samsung Z2

Samsung Z2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    4.0" (480 x 800)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 5 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1500 mAh

Overview

Samsung has been humble enough to accept the fact that Tizen based devices are proposed fundamentally at those moving from a feature phone to a smartphone. The Z2 was launched in 2016 with an extremely low price tag when compared to its other Z series devices to lure more customers in.

The Samsung Z2 design is considerably thicker and slightly on the heavier side than its predecessors. The phone's overall build quality is good and Samsung has kept the design very minimalistic. Z2 comes in three colors which are Black, Red, and Gold. In other features, the phone is very standard with buttons and ports placed in identical positions as on other Samsung devices.

Considering the price, Samsung has opted for an LCD panel instead of Super AMOLED ones, making the Z2 the first Tizen device to feature this. The Z2 owns a 4-inch display with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. When at peak brightness, the phone's display looks a bit washed out and the colors are not that realistic. The viewing angles aren't that good either and a notable color shift is sometimes visible when viewing the phone from certain angles. Although one good thing about the screen is that it has good brightness levels. To keep the prices low, the Z2 misses out on the ambient light sensor which means there is no option for auto brightness adjustment. However, there is an Outdoor mode provided if there is a need for some extra light.

As for the configurations, the Z2 possesses a quad-core Spreadtrum SC9830 chipset clocking at 1.5 GHz coupled with Mali -400 GPU and only 1 GB of RAM. For storage, the phone has an 8 GB of internal storage capacity and a dedicated SD card slot can further increase the storage to a maximum of 200 GB. The Z2 performs fairly well and stutters in regular usage are rare, although there is a delay for a moment when an app is clicked and it launches on the screen which is acceptable taking in regard to the price at which it comes. The apps once launched perform well and there is no noticeable lag. When it comes to gaming, the Z2 is a decent performer here too and can run low to mid-tier games smoothly. There are some heating problems with the device, especially when using it for continuous long hours.

The phone has a single 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing sensor and can record videos at 720p @ 30fps. The camera isn't a strong side of this phone and is just to fulfill basic purposes. The photos are very mediocre and it is hard to get the focus right, especially on close up targets. The images lack details when zoomed in and the color reproduction isn't very good either. At dimly lit areas, the phone performs a bit better thanks to the night mode but the images are blurry at times. The rear camera also has a Beauty mode, a Pro mode, and an option for Panorama shots as well. The front camera is a letdown and the images are blurry and of very low resolution. Although it has support for wide selfie mode, it isn't very useful considering the poor image quality.

The 1500 mAh battery of the Z2 handles the phone well enough to last a day when fully charged, though heavy usage drains the battery very quickly and the phone is barely able to last for 12 hours. As with any other Samsung phones, there is a feature called Ultra Power Saving mode which can drastically improve the battery life of the phone. The phone runs on Tizen OS 2.4 and can be upgraded further. The device supports basic connectivity options like WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4G but no VoLTE.

Additional Features

Samsung has added some nice additional features to the phone as well to make it more interactive. A nice little gesture is provided for switching between two apps- one can swipe from the bottom edge of the screen to go back to the previous app. The Z2 also comes with S Bike mode which disables the device from receiving all incoming calls when the user is riding the bike, a Private Mode for protecting the data and files which are stored and an Ultra data saving mode too. Samsung is also providing some flagship features on the Z2 like the Game Tuner that lets the user limit frame rates of a particular game to conserve battery, disable the back and menu keys and also disable the notifications and alerts which can provide the user uninterrupted gaming sessions. There is additionally a My Money Transfer app that allows money transfer between different bank accounts without internet connectivity as well.

Verdict

To wrap it up, the Z2 is a great offering from the Korean company considering the price. The software is smooth and fast while the phone has decent performance and shows no signs of lag when basic apps or games are being used. The build quality is also fair and solid. Although cameras are a disappointment and multitasking can pose a problem the Z2 is a good entry-level smartphone for someone who wants to land into the smartphone ecosystem.

What We Loved

  • Solid build quality
  • 4G support
  • Good overall performance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor cameras
  • Very average display
  • The speakers are bad
  • Tizen OS feels outdated
8.

Samsung Galaxy Ace NXT

Samsung Galaxy Ace NXT
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    4.0" (480 x 800)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 3 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    512MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1500 mAh

Overview

The Galaxy ACE NXT is an entry-level smartphone, which was released in 2014. It is a stripped-down version of the Galaxy ACE which was a mid-segment smartphone.

The phone has a plastic frame and is quite solid and doesn't seem cheap at all. Although the phone is likely to attract scratches the overall quality is decent. The Galaxy ACE NXT is available only in Black color.

It is a 4 inch model with a WVGA 480x800 screen resolution. The screen is pretty average and isn't sharp enough however, the screen brightness is ample and is legible under outdoor conditions. The screen is surrounded by thick bezels all around and there aren't on-screen navigation keys and instead has the conventional Samsung three-button setup.

Powering this phone is a 1.2 GHz Spreadtrum SC7715 chip and is paired with simply 512 MB of RAM. There is no dedicated GPU on this phone either. The storage option provided is likewise very ordinary just 4 GB onboard storage which can be increased to 32 GB via an SD card. It is a very ordinary device and is built for basic purposes like surfing the web, watching online videos, listen to music, or for messaging and calling. The processor is not very powerful and feels underpowered most of the times, as well as low RAM, can cause problems when there are a lot of apps present in the background which ultimately leads to the crashing of the software.

A 3.1-megapixel rear camera is surely another concern as the images aren't very good and look faded most of the times. In lowly lit places, the camera struggles to deliver and the images aren't very clear and filled with noise. It has a VGA front camera which for the namesake can click images but nothing more than that.

The phone includes a 1500 mAh battery which surely can last for 12 hours once fully charged and the device is used lightly. The phone comes installed with Android 4.4.2 ( Kitkat) and can't be further updated. The phone only has 3G support apart from basic connectivity like WiFi and Bluetooth.

Verdict

The Galaxy ACE NXT is outdated and very basic offering from Samsung with no stand out features, moreover also lacks fundamental features like 4G support and a dedicated GPU. If you are looking for an entry-level smartphone you should look at other good options and definitely leave this one.

What We Loved

  • Decent build quality
  • Average display

What We Didn’t Like

  • Outdated chipset
  • No 4G support
  • Ordinary cameras
  • Speakers are bad
9.

Samsung Galaxy J1

  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    4.3" (480 x 800)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 5 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    512MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1850 mAh

Overview

Samsung has moved a lot of its focus towards the budget and mid-segment Indian consumers. The Korean giant launched the Tizen series to attract new customers and a few years back launched the J series. The Galaxy J1 which was the first device from the lineup is yet again focused at the entry-level consumers. With the likes of Xiaomi, OPPO, and many other companies offering some great feature-packed phones at affordable prices Samsung doesn't want to be left behind either.

The Galaxy J1 is inspired a lot by many previous Samsung devices and shares many similarities. The J1 is a compact phone and the top and bottom of the phone have somewhat raised edges at all sides which gives the device a modern feel. The company has not compromised with the build quality either and the phone is pretty solid and the device is manufactured from plastic. One of the good things about the phone is that it is not slippery and thus has a firm grip making it feel good in the hand.

The Galaxy J1 arrives with a 4.3-inch PLS LCD panel and has 800x480 pixels of resolution. The screen offers high brightness levels making the display viewable both indoors and outdoors. Apart from that there is nothing special about the display, the viewing angles are mediocre and the screen is not very vibrant or rich in colors.

Underneath the display, a dual-core Spreadtrum SoC with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz powers the J1 along with a Mali-400 GPU. It only has 512 GB worth of RAM and 4 GB of storage. Thankfully a dedicated SD card slot is provided for additional storage capacity. The performance of the J1 is bad to put it very clearly. The phone is slow and constant stutters can be seen while using the phone even transitions are nor smooth. The apps take time to launch while switching between multiple apps was also not very easy either. The boot time was not pleasant and getting to the main screen took several minutes. The lack of RAM was yet another problem as it further added to the slow overall experience. The J1 has a lot of bloatware which in turn slows the phone down. However, the phone performed well in the gaming department but many modern games are incompatible with the device.

The camera is a department where the phone stands out. It is not the very best of cameras but surely is one of the strong points of the phone. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash. The photos captured from the camera appear a little too soft but have a fair amount of details and the noise is also well taken care of. In low light situations, the camera fails to deliver, however, the company has provided NightMode and HDR to somewhat enhance the image quality. On the front, is the 2-megapixel sensor which is also satisfactory. The selfie taken from the camera are good for posting on social media sites or can be shared among friends.

The Galaxy J1 has an 1850 mAh battery that can surely last a day on average use with dual SIM support at the same time. The phone runs on Android 4.4 ( Kitkat) but uses Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of Android. The UI has a lot of bloatware including a lot of apps from the company itself and is not 4G compatible.

Additional Features

The J1 has a Palm Gesture support which can capture an image by just waving the palm in front of the device. It also owns an ultra power saving mode which can boost the battery of the phone and is aimed to provide better backup.

Verdict

The J1 is a balanced smartphone and might have been a powerful device if some features were adopted. But as of now many excellent budget phones are present which offer great features and updated hardware and software for much less money.

What We Loved

  • Strong build
  • Average cameras
  • Good battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Less RAM
  • Outdated hardware
  • Poor display quality
  • Speakers are not very loud
10.

Samsung Galaxy J2 2018

Samsung Galaxy J2 2018
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.0" (540 x 960)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1.5GB | 2GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    2600 mAh

Overview

The Galaxy J2 2018 is another incremental upgrade and a low budget smartphone from Samsung. The phone is aimed to take on Xiaomi's Redmi series which has left a mark on the Indian market and gathered a lot of fans across the country too.

Samsung has done a commendable job when it comes to the design of the phone. The 2018 J2 does not look cheap or old from any perspective and features an aluminum frame along with a plastic back. The device is well built and is firm and has a removable back cover too. The plastic back is polished to give it a premium feel and is available in four color options - Pink, Blue, Gold, and Black.

The J2 possesses a 5 inch Super AMOLED screen having a resolution of 540x960 pixels. It has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a pixel density of 220PPI. As the display used is AMOLED the brightness and color don't pose any major issue although the screen is not very sharp and is of lower resolution.

The phone is fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor that is based on 28 nm architecture. The processor used is quad-core and clocks at 1.4 GHz and is linked with a 2 GB of RAM and 16 gigs of onboard storage. An Adreno 308 GPU is also present to help boost games. In performance aspects, the J2 2018 does a great job in handling day to day apps like Whatsapp, Instagram, or any other apps.

Although some inbuilt apps like dialer and settings take some time to load. The phone can manage medium and low-level games smoothly and there is no lag or stuttering of any kind. Though heavy games or modern titles heat the device which leads to some minor frame drops and lags.

In the optics department, the J2 includes an 8-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.2 and has autofocus. The images are somewhat dull and lack colors as well as saturation. In low lit regions, the image quality depreciates even more. There is a 5-megapixel selfie camera that produces decent images but nothing more than that. There is a front LED flash included but it doesn't come of any great help either.

The J2 is packed with 2600 mAh and can deliver one day's power when used only for basic needs such as calling, browsing the web, listening to music, and so on. The J2 runs on Samsung Experience V 8.5 on top of Android 7.1 (Nougat) but has support for upgrading it to Android 8.0 ( Oreo). The phone is 4G and VoLTE compatible and other connectivity choices like WiFi, Bluetooth, USB on the Go and much more.

Verdict

The J2 2018 is a modern-looking and a good smartphone choice with a nice display, competent performance and ideal battery life. But if you are willing to spend some more you surely can get a much better option than this and with updated configurations as well. But that doesn't rule out Galaxy J2 from the list.

What We Loved

  • Good display
  • Ideal battery life
  • Great build quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very average cameras
  • Low resolution display
  • Outdated firmware