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It is astonishing how the smart phone market in India has grown tremendously in past couple of years. With many new Chinese smart phone manufacturers entering the Indian market with affordable and budget oriented handsets, owning a smart phone, whether based on Android or Windows, isn’t a big deal. Recently Samsung has come up with its new Galaxy J series of handsets. It seems that Samsung is trying to re enter the entry level or budget oriented smart phone market in India. So, let us see how Samsung Galaxy J2, a budget android smart phone, holds up with the Chinese smart phone maker, Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime. Galaxy j2 vs Redmi 2 prime.
Let us begin with the Galaxy J2. In terms of design you will not be surprised with it. The Galaxy J2 looks similar to most of the Samsung Galaxy devices of the past. At the front we have a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display accompanied by a few sensors on top of it. There is a 2 MP front facing camera above the display. Below it we have a physical home button surrounded by capacitive touch recent apps button and back button. These capacitive buttons aren’t backlit which is kind of a bummer. On the right side of the device we have the power button and on the left side we have the volume buttons. The back of the Galaxy J2 will not surprise you with its design. Nothing new here to talk about. There is a 5 MP camera with a LED flash and speaker to its side. The back panel is removable which gives access to the battery, SIM cards and Micro SD Card slot.
On the other hand the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is better looking than the J2. It also features a 4.7 inch display. Below the display there are capacitive keys too. On the right hand side of the device we have the volume buttons along with the power button. The back panel of the Redmi 2 Prime is removable and allows the user to access the battery, SIM cards and micro SD card slot. The 8 MP rear camera has an LED flash on its one side and a speaker on the other side.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 is offered with Super AMOLED, 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels which gives it a pixel count of 234 ppi. On the other hand the Redmi 2 Prime also has a 4.7 inch display but it is an IPS LCD unit and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. With a pixel density of 312 ppi, the display of the Redmi 2 Prime is crispier than that of the J2.
The internals of the Galaxy J2 features a1.3 GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPUExynos 3475 chipset matted to Mali-T720 GPU. It has 1 GB of RAM and only 8 GB of internal storage. Whereas the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad core CPU. The graphics on the device is handled by the Adreno 306 GPU. The Redmi 2 Prime has 16 GB of internal storage and also supports a micro SD card up to 32 GB. It also has 2 GB of RAM. The more RAM and more internal storage are definitely plus points of the Redmi 2 Prime.
Samsung Galaxy J2 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and on top of it is the new TouchWiz UI. Always been criticised for its sluggish and unresponsive performance, the TouchWiz UI has been drastically improved. The phone feels smooth and fluid with almost no hiccups or lags. Jumping between apps was smooth too. Overall, the J2 will provide a good UI for everyday use without any issues.
The Redmi 2 Prime is currently running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It is quite a bummer because KitKat has become out dated. And there is no news from Xiaomi to update the Redmi 2 Prime on lollipop. On top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the Redmi 2 Prime has the MIUI software. It is filled with features and animations. However, the UI consumes a good amount of RAM to perform seamlessly.
The primary camera on the Galaxy J2 is a 5 MP shooter which is accompanied by an LED flash. The pictures captured by the device turned out to be of decent quality. In natural light the camera performs decently but in low light conditions the performance decreases. The images appear to be grainy and noisy. The camera is also capable to do 720p video recording at 30fps. The front facing camera on the J2 is a 2 MP unit which takes average pictures and should be sufficient for taking selfies or video chatting.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime comes with an 8 MP rear facing camera with auto focus and LED flash. It has a 1.4 micron pixel size which allows it to capture some really good images in daylight. But just like the J2 the Redmi 2 Prime produces not so great images in poor or low lighting conditions. The camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps. The front facing camera on the Redmi 2 Prime is a 2 MP shooter.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 and the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime both are budget oriented android devices. The J2 is available at around Rs 8,599/- (online price) whereas the Redmi 2 Prime will cost you around Rs 7,000/- (online price). Both the devices provide a good value for money package. However, the Redmi 2 Prime has an edge here with its large 16 GB internal storage and 2 GB of RAM compared to the 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM of the Galaxy J2. So, if the software doesn’t comes at the top of your priority list then the Redmi 2 Prime would serve you better. But in the end it all comes down to one’s own personal preference.