Samsung has today announced the launch of its latest budget-centric smartphone, the Galaxy J2 (2018) in India. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 8,190 and it will be available from April 27.
With this, Samsung is trying to strengthen its J-series of budget smartphones, which is company’s highest selling series followed by On-series. However, things have changed off lately as Xiaomi has understood the essence of the budget segment and is currently holding the top position with its wide range of smartphones.
The brand recently launched Redmi 5 in India. The model we are going to compare here comes with 3GB of RAM and it comes with a price tag of Rs 8,999, which is almost similar to what Samsung is offering with Galaxy J2 (2018). So, it makes sense to compare the two. So, without further ado let’s begin with the comparison of the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) and Xiaomi Redmi 5.
Design and Display
Starting with the design, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 features a metallic unibody design, which is not present in the Galaxy J2 (2018). The Xiaomi Redmi 5 looks a tad similar to its elder sibling, the Redmi Note 5 which is not a bad thing at all, while the Galaxy J2 (2018) has a fair resemblance to other Galaxy smartphones available at this price range. However, the major difference between both the devices is the display. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 sports 18:9 display, whereas, the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) comes with standard 16:9 display.
Further, it is a shame that Samsung does even consider giving its users even an HD display for the budget-centric smartphones. The device bear a 5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is offering a bigger and better display with its 5.7-inch HD+ IPS screen with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.The display on the Redmi 5 is far better than the one present in Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018), which makes it a desirable option to consider.
Winner: Xiaomi Redmi 5 by a huge margin
On the hardware front, the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor along with Adreno 308 GPU. It is backed by a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via micro SD card slot. On the connectivity front, the device supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB 2.0 and dual-SIM slot.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is powered by a 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 processor, along with Adreno 506 GPU. It is backed by a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via micro SD card. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and a micro USB port.
Clearly, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is more powerful in terms of computing power with the latest Snapdragon 450 processor, while the Galaxy J2 (2018) runs on an older Snapdragon 425 processor. Further, you get more RAM and storage on the former as compared to the latter. So, the winner of this round is pretty clear. Right?
Winner: Xiaomi Redmi 5, by all means!
On the camera front, the device sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with large 1.25-micron pixel size, 5-element lens, f/2.2 aperture and PDAF along with LED flash. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter with selfie flash.
Both of the smartphones feature similar camera specifications for the front camera, though the major difference here is at the back. The Redmi 5 has a 13-megapixel sensor, while Galaxy J2 (2018) bears an 8-megapixel. So, in terms of sheer specs comparison, Redmi 5 takes the lead and has a clear edge over the Galaxy J2 (2018) here.
Winner: Xiaomi Redmi 5
On the software front, both the smartphones run on Android Nougat. Both the user interface are world’s apart and both of them have a host of interesting features to offer. So, we leave this one the user, as those who are known to Samsung’s UI will prefer Galaxy J2 (2018), while those who have used Xiaomi device will find Redmi 5 more desirable.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is backed by a 3200mAh battery, while the Galaxy J2 (2018) is backed by 2600mAh battery. On paper, Redmi 5 have more battery backup as compared to Galaxy J2 (2018). In a category where charging a pain, and the battery really swings decisions, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 wins this round like a piece of cake.
Winner: Xiaomi Redmi 5
To conclude, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 has destroyed the Galaxy J2 (2018) in almost every department. The phone with its latest 18:9 aspect on display, powerful processor, better camera and battery backup makes the Galaxy J2 (2018) feels like an underachiever in all regards. So, if you are planning to buy the Galaxy J2 (2018), we suggest you should skip as it does not have the kind of specs that has become a standard affair in the budget segment.