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Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus

Colours:
BlackBlueGold
Memory:
32GB
RAM:
2GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 512 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • No Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Infinity display
  • Snapdragon chipset
  • Android Oreo OS
Cons
  • No fast charging
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • No Full HD resolution

Specifications

General
Launch DateSeptember 25, 2018 (Official)
BrandSamsung
ModelGalaxy J4 Plus
Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensor
Quick Charging
Design
Height161.4 mm
Width76.9 mm
Thickness7.9 mm
Weight178 grams
ColoursBlack, Gold, Pink
Display
Screen Size6.0 inches (15.24 cm)
Screen Resolution720 x 1480 pixels
Aspect Ratio18.5:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density274 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)73.94 %
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917
ProcessorQuad core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53
GraphicsAdreno 308
RAM2 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 23.6 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocus
Physical ApertureF2.2
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flashyes
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity3300 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
TalkTimeUp to 23 Hours(3G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Audio FeaturesDolby Atmos
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensor
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Galaxy J4 Plus is a hit and miss from the house of Samsung. It is a decent budget smartphone, specially when the last generation ‘J series’ devices were just too bad. The J4 Plus now has a metal build, Infinity display, stable interface and decent overall performance. However, we do not get Full HD panel, fast charging and fingerprint sensor. So if you’re a Samsung user and is looking to upgrade to a Samsung smartphone in this segment, then go for the Galaxy J4 Plus. If you want to check out the competition, then have a look at the Honor 9N, Redmi 6 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1.

Introduction:

Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus is a budget smartphone with Infinity display that was launched in India back in September 2018. It is a basic smartphone in a modern enclosure but it misses out on things like dual rear cameras and fingerprint sensor. So let us find out in our Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus review if it is able to compete with its peers in this segment or not. Although, take a quick look at the specifications of the mobile below.

The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus runs on Experience UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and is powered by a Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. The phone boasts of a 6-inch HD+ display and packs in a 3300mAh battery (non-removable). There is 32GB of internal memory onboard but you can also expand it further up to 512GB. In the camera department, we get a 13 megapixel primary camera along with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. The J4 Plus has 4G VoLTE connectivity along with Dual SIM support. Other options include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and GPS. The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus features a lot of sensors such as magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors.

Design & Display:

The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus is one of the latest models in the ‘J series’ lineup. It is made up of metal and the build quality is solid. We get thick bezels on both top and bottom of the display but the Infinity screen with slim side bezels look good. The phone is large, sleek (7.9mm thick) and weighs 178 grams. So you might have to use it with both hands. The edges are slightly rounded and it does offer good grip. The back has a matte finish and provides a good grip.

Starting with the front side, there is a 6-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, couple of sensors and earpiece on top. There are three on-screen buttons for navigation. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port and primary microphone while the 3.5mm audio jack is at the top. On the left, we get the volume rocker and trays for microSD card and SIM cards while on the right we have the power/lock button and loudspeaker cutout. Turning towards the back, we have the primary camera sitting at the top middle followed by the LED flash on its right. The Samsung branding is found in the middle. The back cover is non-removable but it houses the 3300mAh battery underneath. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus has a solid build and comes with decent hardware.

The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus packs in a 6-inch AMOLED Infinity display with a resolution of 1480 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a good display as it is made up of AMOLED technology, which is superior than the generic IPS technology. However, we only get HD+ resolution while other smartphones in this range come with Full HD+ resolution but with IPS panels. Hence, it is a tricky situation as you are getting a superior display quality but the resolution is on the lower side. Leaving the resolution aside, the display feels sharp and vibrant. The colors are on the neutral side and the viewing angles are decent. The brightness and contrast levels are good. Also, the sunlight legibility is moderately good. The brightness gets automatically adjusted according to light surroundings as we have an ambient light sensor. There is no branded protection but we get a generic 2.5D curved glass on top of the display to protect it from daily wear and tear.

The touch response of the J4 Plus is smooth and mostly lag free mainly because of the fine quality display, stable interface and 2.5D curved glass. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus comes with a decent display but lacks Full HD resolution.

Performance:

In terms of performance, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus is powered by a Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and 2GB RAM. This chipset from the house of Qualcomm is low-end but it can handle most of the day-to-day processes. Although, we faced some lag and frame drop with high-end apps and games. The multitasking experience was not so smooth as it showed frame drops after opening more than three apps simultaneously. You cannot play high-end games on this phone because of its weak GPU but normal 3D games will just run fine. The J4 Plus comes with 32GB of internal memory, out of which around 25GB of free space will be available after first boot. If you're not satisfied with the internal storage, then you can bump it up to 512GB. There is no fingerprint sensor on this phone but you can unlock it using the Face Unlock feature.

Talking about connectivity, the J4 Plus from the house of Samsung supports Dual SIM but 4G VoLTE works in the first slot while the second slot supports 3G. The 3300mAh battery under its hood is non-removable and it does not support fast charging. You will get around one day of battery life with normal to moderate usage. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus is certainly not the best performer in this segment but it is decent.

Cameras:

The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus features a 13 megapixel primary camera at the back. It is capable of clicking decent images, specially in natural daylight conditions, but the camera is generic. We get some amount of detail and the color saturation is on point. However, the photos look a little dull and not so sharp and vivid. When it comes to low light performance, it is very average and the pictures have a lot of noise. The focusing mechanism is not the fastest but it is accurate most of the times. HDR photography will yield you good dynamic range and macro images also have a lot of bokeh effect. There is a 5 megapixel front-facing camera and you can click decent selfies using it. The phone lacks a dual lens setup at the back and that can be an issue for mobile photography enthusiasts.

The camera app of the Galaxy J4 Plus is very simple and easy to use, even first time smartphone users can click good images easily. There are a lot of modes for shooting along with some filters as well but according to us the Auto mode works the best in most of the lighting conditions. The primary camera can shoot Full HD videos but they look average. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus has a very basic set of cameras.

Audio & Video:

The loudspeaker of the Galaxy J4 Plus is situated on the upper right side, just above the power/lock button. We get decently loud audio that is also good in quality. Also, there is no sound distortion even at the highest levels. The speaker tends to pick up dust easily and hence the user needs to take care of it. There is no native music player on this phone but we get Google Play Music and it has all the necessary features for a good music playback. However, you can also download third-party apps like Saavn for streaming online music.

Coming to the video watching experience on the J4 Plus, you can play or stream HD and Full HD videos with ease but 4K videos will struggle a lot. We get a bundled earphone with the device but it is average in performance. Hence, we would suggest you to purchase a good pair of earphones if you do not own one already. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus offers a very decent audio and video playback.

Software & Ui:

Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus runs on Samsung Experience UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS. It comes with the latest OS from Google but do not expect it to get any major OS updates in the future since majority of the budget smartphones do not get any updates. The user interface is quite smooth. It does not show any lag or frame drops during day-to-day usage but while using high-end apps and games, it lags a bit sometimes. The UI is customizable and you can arrange it according to your preferences. There are a lot of pre-installed Samsung, Google and Microsoft apps on the J4 Plus and they are useful but you can choose to delete them if you wish to. In case you do not like the interface, then you can certainly install a third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher to give it a makeover.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus comes with the latest Android OS that is also very stable but it will not get any major updates in future.

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