Samsung is expected to launch an Android Go smartphone sometime later this year and it appears that the upcoming device has already been leaked. The new hands-on images on the phone reveal the design. Interestingly, the device does not seem to run Android.
The leaked hands-on images of the Samsung Android Go smartphone were first released by SamMobile. The device itself has a dated design. The handset does not have Samsung's edge-to-edge Infinity Display, and it has very thick furnishings. Despite having serious objections, Samsung decided to remove the physical / capacitive navigation keys in favor of the buttons on the screen. On the back comes the handset with a single camera and an LED flash. It is now rumored that this device may be called the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core.
The most exciting thing about this phone is the software. It was previously rumored that Samsung's Android Go phone should run warehouse Android. However, they show the leaked pictures otherwise. The phone seems to run Samsung's own skin on top of Android, complete with the signature on the screen navigation buttons which includes the "back" key on the right side instead of the left, as pointed out by 9To5Google.
This may be a bit disappointing for some users who expected that Samsung's Android Go smartphone should run warehouse software. Android Google's website does not really promise that all phones under the program should run Android, but it said the program would allow the smartphone at the entry level to run smoothly with Google's Go-apps package.
Nice pictures also confirm that the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core actually has Go applications, including YouTube Go, Google Go and Maps Go. The handset is expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo, which is today's minimum requirement for phones under the Android Go application. The security update on the device that looked at the leaked images is dated December 5, 2017. However, it is possible that Samsung can launch the device with the latest security update.
As for the specifications of the Galaxy J2 Core, it was revealed in a leak last month that it would have a 5-inch AMOLED display with an Exynos 7570 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16 GB embarkation ring. Android Go is designed to run on low-end devices that have 1GB of RAM or less. The front camera will have a 5MP sensor while the rear camera will have an 8MP sensor. The device is also assumed to pack a 2,600mAh battery. There is currently no information about when this Android Go phone will be released and there is no information about price or region availability.