Increasingly, people in the West are âcutting the cordâ, and ditching broadcast TV services for cheaper online offerings, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. But elsewhere, old-school television is holding strong, as demonstrated by the new Samsung Galaxy J2 DTV.
At face value, the Galaxy J2 DTV is a pretty humdrum phone. Its specifications are nothing to write home about. It has a positively mediocre 5MP front shooter, and a 2MP selfie camera. It scrapes by withÂ 1GB of RAM, and packsÂ last yearâs veritably wheezy Samsung Exynos 3475 SoC. As far as its screen is concerned, it has aÂ 4.7-Inch Super AMOLED Display, rated to 234 PPI.Â And it doesnât even run Marshmallow.
But what separates this device from the legion of other low-range handsets is the inclusion of a Digital TV tuner, thereby allowing anyone to watch broadcast television from anywhere.
This isnât going to replace anyoneâs big-screen TV. Watching movies and films on a 4.7 inch screen isnât going to be nearly as enjoyable as it would be satÂ on your couch, remote in hand.
The Galaxy J2 DTV is available to buy now. Itâs only being sold in the Philippines, where it has a price tag ofÂ 6,990 pesos.Â
While handsets will likely find their way to eBay in the West, youâd be advised to hold fire on buying one, as the digital TV feature probably wonât work, as the Philippines uses the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB) standard, while Europe and America uses theÂ Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) andÂ Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC) standards respectively.Â