No matter how surprising it seems given the brand name, Samsung Korea’s new Galaxy J2 Pro is directed at the niche customers such as the students and the elderly who do not wish to be distracted or overwhelmed with internet connectivity and related surges of various apps.
This wondrous “smartphone”, probably one of its kind, is priced at 199,100 won (US$185) and available in black and gold colors. It lacks any form of internet connectivity, be it SIM based or WiFi. The device can only support basic phone features such as calls, text messages, and taking pictures.
A pre-installed offline dictionary app, Diodict 4, is there to help students with vocabulary in Korean and English, which shows that the main niche Customer base is to be the student group who are appearing for college entrances or exams. As an added incentive comes Samsung’s interesting promotion programme which allows students purchasing the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro a full refund of its purchase value if they purchase a high-end Galaxy S or A series smartphone after their college exams within the stipulated time-frame.
The specifications of this “smartphone” though are not so basic. It comes with a 5-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2600 mAh replaceable battery, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal memory expandable via a microSD slot. It can also take care of basic photography requirements with its 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The press release from Samsung Korea doesn’t confirm the functioning of OS, the tech experts prophesied that the Galaxy branding may hint at an Android-based OS, possibly without the Google apps and certification.