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Samsung's first Android Go smartphone gets one step closer to launch

Android Go robot logo, Samsung SM-J260G to debut with Android Go soon as of late June 2018
Android Go robot logo
Not long after surfacing online for the first time, the Samsung SM-J260 is back in dozens of markets worldwide. However, this Android Go handset is not available for purchase yet, since Samsung is only testing it at this stage. The list of countries where this handset is currently undergoing trials includes Germany, Italy, France, Singapore, and others.

Last month, Samsung started testing the SM-J260G handset in four Asian markets, including India. Now, two related variants of the company's first Android Go handset have just surfaced online. Dubbed SM-J260F and SM-J260M, they are being tested in various markets around the world, including well-developed areas in Europe.

According to an exclusive report by SamMobile, the Samsung SM-J260F is currently undergoing trials in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Uzbekistan, Caucasus Countries, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Poland. The SM-J260M model is currently wandering around in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Panada, and Paraguay. At last, the SM-J260G is back in Asia. Here, it reached a few additional markets, such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The technical details of the new models above are still shady at this time, but we can recall the specs of the SM-J260G spotted on Geekbench: Exynos 7570 processor, 1 GB RAM, Android 8.1 Go edition. In addition to these, it is rather safe to assume that the upcoming handset sports two cameras with up to 8 MP each and 8 GB or 16 GB internal storage. Depending on the market, we might see this handset carrying different memory/storage combinations.

The SM-J260G might hit the market as the Galaxy J2 Core, but this — and all the above — has not been confirmed by Samsung yet. The other two variants mentioned above might come under the same name or could launch using different names that depend on the market. 

If you think there is room for more Android Go handsets (or not) — especially in well-developed markets — let us know in the comments. Considering the current status of the market, Android Go handsets might replace non-smart burner phones across Europe and in countries like Singapore.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-06-25 (Update: 2018-06-25)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.