[EXCLUSIVE] Samsung Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy J2 Core Android Go Device Could Launch in India Soon as Support Pages Go Live

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Samsung could soon launch two new Android smartphones, the Galaxy A8 Star and the Galaxy J2 Core. The Galaxy A8 Star (SM-G8850) was first leaked way back in April with its possible specifications revealed through AnTuTu benchmark listing. However, its name was only revealed a few days later. The smartphone then received FCC and Wi-Fi Alliance certifications in May 2018, which revealed a few more bits and pieces of information about the mid-range smartphone.

Now, it appears that the South Korean smartphone giant is ready to launch the Galaxy A8 Star in the Indian market as the support page for the device went live on its Indian website. The company might also launch its first Android Go smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core (SM-J260), in India. The support page for the entry-level smartphone went live on Samsung India’s website as well. The phone was first leaked in April through Geekbench listing. Later, its specifications were leaked in June and then it was revealed that the device won’t use stock Android UI.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy J2 Core: Possible India Launch

Since the support page for the Galaxy A8 Star (SM-G885F/DS) and the Galaxy J2 Core (SM-J260G/DS) are now up on Samsung India’s website, we think that Samsung might launch the smartphones in India very soon. Moreover, going by the model numbers, it is evident that both the devices will be launched in dual-SIM versions for the Indian market, and that’s not surprising given by the popularity of the feature in the local market.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy J2 Core: Features, Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star (SM-G885F/DS) is expected to feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with Full-HD+ resolution (2280×1080 pixels). It will feature a 16MP+24MP dual-camera setup at its rear and an 8MP front-facing camera. The phone will run Android 8.0 Oreo based Samsung Experience UX, and it will use the in-house Exynos 7885 processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The Galaxy A8 Star will also feature a fingerprint reader, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 3700mAh battery, and a USB Type-C port.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core (SM-J260G/DS) is expected to feature a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution (1280×720 pixels), 16:9 aspect ratio, 294ppi, and software navigation keys. It will run Android Go version of Android 8.1 Oreo, but it will use Samsung’s own user interface design instead of stock Android UI. However, it will run Android Go version of all the essential apps, including Google Go, Maps Go, and YouTube Go. It uses the Exynos 7570 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 2600mAh battery. It will also feature an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP selfie camera.


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