The Galaxy J2 DTV is Samsung's first smartphone with a digital TV tuner

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There's no question that Samsung is one of the modern mobile industry's forward thinkers. From kicking off the phablet trend, to impressive VR hardware, curved-edge displays and 4G smartwatches, Sammy's on fire certainly among the market's movers and shakers. Yet, at the same time, the company has long harbored curious affinity to old, dated tech that goes beyond your typical nostalgia. With the company said to be prepping a new flip-phone running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a special version of the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) includes a digital TV tuner. 

The Galaxy J2 DTV, as it's known, is only for the Philippines, and is said to be the first Samsung handset with a digital TV tuner. Under the hood is a 1.3 GHz quad-core Exynos 3457, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of expandable storage, while the rear camera is a mere 5-megapixel offering. 

The device's DTV capabilities are presented via the 4.7-inch 540 x 960 Super AMOLED display, which doesn't seem especially adept to showcasing video of any kind. Moreover, the handset packs a lowly 2000 mAh battery, so we'd imagine that users will be doing quite a bit of wall-hugging. In which case, it begs the question: why not just use an ordinary TV? 

It might appear to be a somewhat pointless endeavor on Samsung's part, but there may be some method behind apparent madness. According to Forbes, the Internet service in the Philippines is the worst in the whole of Asia, so Netflix and Hulu streaming on-the-go is a rarity to most. Broadcast TV out in the Philippines certainly won't offer the wealth of on-demand content that many of us take for granted. But the Galaxy J2 DTV does, at least, provide some solace.

The Galaxy J2 DTV is now on sale in the Philippines at a cost of 6,990 Philippine Pesos ($150). If you're thinking of importing one as a spare portable TV, it should be noted that since the Philippines uses a different broadcasting standard to the U.S. and Europe, there's a good chance that you won't be able to tune into anything locally. 

source: TheNextWebForbes

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Galaxy J2 (2016)
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Spreadtrum, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

A TV-centric phone features such a mere 540p screen? I can't believe it!

3. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Plus there are cheaper alternatives from local mobile phone brands with better features at a third of the price of this phone.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

PA is on fire today with all of the Samsung articles.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Let the PA writters do their job, regardless of the number of articles about any brand. But since it happens to be about Samsung, you're butthurt much?

5. Fona13A unregistered

Uh hi, IFA much?

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

6more days till flood of apple articles.. just wait for it

6. RaulBlas

Posts: 47; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Samsung galaxy S i9000b for south America had digital TV tuner back in 2010. I had one. It had a little telescopic antenna.

7. Rizera

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

First smartphone with a digital TV tuner?! South America, most specifically Brazil, have had those for years. It is a very popular feature in cheap smartphones in Brazil. To name a few: Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Pocket, Galaxy Core, Galaxy S2 Duos, Galaxy Win 2 Duos, Galaxy Gran 2 Duos, Galaxy Gran Prime,LG L4 II, LG K10, LG G4 Stylus, LG L80, LG Leon, LG Prime, LG Prime Plus, among others (those are the ones I remember by mind).

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Make a Note 8, fully specd, with a built-in HDTV-TUNER

10. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Phones in Korea have had digital tuners for years, including those made by Samsung. Where does PA find these writers who have a knack for refusing to conduct simple research?

11. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

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