Every year, junior high school students in South Korea take an entrance exam to the national university called Suneung that will essentially determine the rest of their lives. This is not an exageration. Unlike SATs, which only play a small role in college admissions, the idea of suneung is mistreated in the heads of students as the determining factor of success in a deeply hierarchical society. That's why it makes sense that Samsung is launching a smartphone that can not connect to the Internet, so that students are not distracted and can focus on studying.
The Galaxy J2 Pro has the essentials of a smartphone. You can send text messages and make calls with it and take pictures with the 8 megapixel rear camera and the 5 megapixel front camera. There is also an online dictionary application DioDic4 offline, a calendar application, a calculator and an FM radio. That's. And although technically there is an LTE modem on the phone, it is disabled for everything except calls and text messages. Otherwise, there is absolutely no Wi-Fi or data to talk about. If you wish, you can even opt for a data plan that limits the amount of text messages you can send.
It comes in two colors, black and gold, and costs around 200,000 won, or around $ 190. The rest of its specs are pretty good: a 5-inch QHD AMOLED display, a quad-core processor at 1.4GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. It also has a 2,600 mAh battery and a microSD slot. But hopefully this phone will only play a temporary role in the lives of students so they can enjoy the specs for too long.
The most intriguing part of the Galaxy J2 Pro is that they are currently running a promotion for students taking the 2019 and 2020 suneung exam. Once the students have completed the strenuous test, they can change the phone to a Galaxy S, Note or a A series phone launched after 2018 and have the cost of the J2 Pro reimbursed. There are no plans to sell the phone outside of South Korea yet, but there probably will not be another country where tests are taken so seriously.