7/21/16

Samsung’s budget smartphone lineup is getting frustratingly crowded

The budget smartphone market has seen major competition in the last year or so. Large manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and LG have been unable to match the value offered by smartphones from Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and Lenovo. Recently, new players like LeEco have further heated up the competition. Last year, Samsung decided it could sit back and watch no longer and came out with the Galaxy J series of smartphones, which offered the best experience the company’s devices had ever offered at a price south of $250.

Samsung launched the Galaxy J1, Galaxy J2, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 in 2015. Over in the Indian market, the company also released the Galaxy On series of smartphones. The Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7 were similar to the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 for all intents and purposes, except they had a regular LCD display instead of Samsung’s excellent Super AMOLED panels. Here in 2016, Samsung has launched successors to all four original Galaxy J devices and also added the Galaxy J3 to the mix (which unnecessarily carries the 2016 tag in its name despite having no 2015 version).

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