Boost nabs Samsung Galaxy J2

Alex Kidman 19 May 2016

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Budget brand Boost, meet your new budget Samsung Galaxy phone.

Samsung’s Galaxy phone lines are best represented by its Galaxy S brand, where you’ll find high-end (and high priced) fare such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. But Samsung’s not above using the brand to push more moderately priced and entry level fare, such as the Samsung Galaxy J2.

Boost Mobile as announced that it’s picked up the Samsung Galaxy J2 as an exclusive in Australia with an outright asking price of $199. Given Boost’s dual-plan, prepaid-only focus it’s not a surprise that there’s no contract option, but then you’d have to spread handset repayments pretty thinly over two years to cover such a low entry price.

A $199 handset is never likely to compare favourably to a premium model even if they do share the same core branding, but what do you get for your money? Here are the Samsung Galaxy J2’s core specifications:

Samsung Galaxy J2
OSAndroid 5.1.1
Screen size4.7in
Resolution540x960
Display density234ppi
Storage8GB
Weight129g
ProcessorQuad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
Rear camera5MP
Front camera2MP
Battery2000mAh

Those specifications are all pretty much in line with what you’d expect from what is a budget phone, although it’s interesting to see a Galaxy phone with a removable battery, given it’s no longer a feature of the premium Galaxy S line.

Boost Mobile offers prepaid plans in two simple pricing tiers on Telstra’s 4G network; you can check out the details of its plans below:

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3 Responses to Boost nabs Samsung Galaxy J2

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    shalama | May 25, 2016

    FOR ALEX KIDMAN.
    Hello Alex,

    As Boost do not seem to have accurate Tech Spec’s on their website, can you confirm that their AUS.Galaxy J2 has LTE/ 700Mgz on board for all the Telstra upgraded towers (and future) in country areas. Boost’s list shows LTE/900Mgz (+ higher frequencies); but nothing on the needed 700Mgz.

    IF there is no LTE/700 on board, then this phone should not be on the market as it will mislead many who have no Tech knowledge and trust it would cover their needs for the next few years!

    Also, can you quote the reference from where accurate/ FULL information is available? I cannot see anything on the Samsung Aus site, so I presume that Boost have done their own import deal.

    Regards, Shalama.

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      Alex | June 1, 2016

      Hi Shalama,

      Boost informs us that the J2 model they are selling is 700Mhz compatible.

      Regards,

      Alex.

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      | June 1, 2016

      FOR ALEX KIDMAN – only.

      Thank you for info re 700Mgz being on board the J2. Pitty Boost do not have anyone to check their new pages for accuracy, before dumping substandard/ incomplete info on the public! They had another error in their ‘J2 drop down lists’ – re how Data is billed. [I have told Boost head Office].

      Regards, Shalama.

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