Samsung Galaxy J4+ First Impressions: Does it have the Samsung Tax?

Samsung Galaxy J4+ sports way less hardware power than its competitors, but is that enough to throw this smartphone down the drain?

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Samsung Galaxy J4+ doesn’t sport a notched display, which is a good thing, according to me.

Samsung Galaxy J4+ offers the best of Samsung in the budget segment range. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, offering low budget segment specifications at a budget price. So how good is this offering? Let’s find out:

Samsung Galaxy J4+ First Impressions: Specifications

Samsung Galaxy J4+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425. The smartphone sports 2GB of RAM along with 32GB storage. It features an expandable microSD card slot up to 512GB. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung’s Experience 9.5 skin on the top packed with all of Samsung’s features and optimizations. All of this is backed up by a 3,300mAh battery.

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The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5.

On the optics front, the smartphone bears a 13-megapixel f/1.9 aperture at the back. Up front, there is a 5-megapixel f/2.2 aperture selfie shooter with front and rear LED flash.

Samsung Galaxy J4+ First Impressions: Design

The Galaxy J4+ features quite a stale but good looking design. Smartphones these days are striving to look unique like with the Oppo Find X and the Vivo Nex.

The smartphone sports 6.0-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The device certainly has some bezels top and bottom, but the absence of a notch on the display is something that will be appreciated by few. The back is made out of polycarbonate and sports Samsung branding along with the rear camera sensor and an LED flash.

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The front of the smartphone is the same as all other smartphones in the market right now.

Sadly, there is no fingerprint sensor on the device. The company says that the face unlock is good enough to replace the fingerprint sensor. However, it uses just the front camera so we can’t talk about its security level.

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The polycarbonate back looks like glass from a distance.

Overall, the design looks quite traditional. Samsung did not go ahead and put a notch like everybody else, but neither did they do something unique.

Samsung Galaxy J4+ First Impressions: Camera

The Samsung Galaxy J4+ sports a 13-megapixel f/1.9 aperture camera on the back. Up front, there is a 5-megapixel f/2.2 aperture selfie shooter. The camera on paper is not that good, but not everything depends on hardware only as we have seen in the past.

The colours on the smartphone camera are good. The contrast is great and so is the white balance. The close up focus and details on the sensor are also amazing. When taking photos of far away objects, the details are normal.

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The story is the same with the front camera, except for the fact that in our initial testing we saw that the colours in the photos clicked seemed a little brighter than they actually are.

Samsung Galaxy J4+ First Impressions: Conclusion

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Samsung Experience 9.5 skin inherently slows down the smartphone even further than its processor.

Samsung Galaxy J4+ costs Rs 10,990 and offers Snapdragon 425 and 2GB of RAM while it’s competitors offer Snapdragon 600 series processors and at least 3GB of RAM at the same price. This makes us think why to even consider Samsung’s offering. However, the build quality of the Samsung devices is generally more than it’s competitors. Also, traditionally the features offered by Samsung are better than it’s competitors. So a better build quality and software features are good enough to redeem Korean Giant’s latest offering. This is something we will need to test out. Till then, we would advise looking for other alternatives.

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