Makati City, Philippines (July 25, 2016) – Leading mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics releases its own version of digital TV (DTV)-ready smartphone in the Philippine market. Priced at Php6,990, Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 DTV (SM-J200BT model) will compete against local mobile phone brands which started selling Android handsets with DTV feature as early as 2015. The dual SIM (branded as “Duos”) handset also supports 4G LTE connectivity with internet speed of up to 150 Mbps (download) and 50 Mbps (upload), depending on the network carrier.

Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV can receive local digital television broadcasts. The Japanese Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard is the sole DTV standard in the Philippines. ABS-CBN is rolling out its digital broadcast in various provinces in the Philippines.

It has the same design and specifications with Samsung Galaxy J2, except for the added DTV tuner and retractable antenna.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB ROM, expandable up to 128 GB MicroSD. It has a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 16 million colors and a quad-core processor. It can also capture high-definition (HD) video (1280 x 720 pixels) at 30 fps. However, its display is only qHD with 540 x 960 pixels resolution (234 pixels per inch). Its rear camera is only 5 megapixels (2592 x 1944 pixels resolution) and 2 megapixels (1600 x 1200 pixels) for its front camera.

It has 4G LTE connectivity on SIM1 but is not compatible with the 700 MHz band. It only supports frequency bands under LTE Category 4 such as 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 2100 Mhz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz. The 700 MHz band became highly popular after telecom giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications acquired the much-coveted frequency from rival San Miguel Corporation (SMC). According to reports, the 700 MHz band has wider coverage and can penetrate walls. Meanwhile, SIM2 only supports GPRS and EDGE data network.

It also supports Micro-USB, USB-OTG, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. However, its does not offer TV output like MHL and has no NFC. Weighing 130 grams, the smartphone can last up to 12 hours talktime with its 2,000 mAh removable Lithium-ion battery.

Digital television

Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV can receive digital broadcasts using the Japanese Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard, the DTV standard adopted by the Philippines for its transition from analog to digital. During a live testing at the 3rd level of New Glorietta in Makati City, the Samsung J2 DTV only detected seven (7) digital channels, all from ABS-CBN. It can decode channels like ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Sports+Action while other channels like DZMM Teleradyo and Cinemo remain exclusive for ABS-CBN TVPlus digital box owners.

Live testing of Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV feature.

Full specifications

  • 4.7-inch Super AMOLED qHD display (540 x 960 pixels, 234 ppi, 16 million colors)
  • 1.3 GHz Exynos 3475 quad-core processor
  • Mali-T720 GPU
  • 5-megapixel CMOS main camera (auto focus with flash)
  • 2-megapixel CMOS front camera
  • Video recoding and playback [HD (1280 x 720) @ 30fps]
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of ROM (internal storage)
  • Expandable up to 128 GB via MicroSD
  • Dual SIM (Micro SIM)
  • Supports GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+ and LTE data networks
  • 2G GSM frequencies [850/900/1800/1900]
  • 3G UMTS bands [850/900/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8)]
  • 4G FDD LTE Category 4 bands [850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7)]
  • Full seg digital TV (ISDB-T)
  • USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm Stereo earjack
  • GPS, Glonass
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspot (802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • 2,000 mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Internet usage time [3G (up to 9 hours), LTE (up to 9 hours), Wi-Fi (up to 11 hours), Video Playback (up to 14 hours)]
  • Talk time [3G WCDMA (up to 12 hours)]
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system
  • Dimension (136.5 mm x 69.0 mm x 8.4 mm)
  • 130 grams
Packaging of Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV with model number SM-J200BT.

Retail price

Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV sells for Php 6,990 in Samsung stores. [techthetruth]

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