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Samsung Galaxy J vs Galaxy S4 – Plastic surgery gone heavy metal?

Today saw the Galaxy J being released in Taiwan which has generated quite a lot on interest as it finally breaks out of the Japanese market and it being the first Samsung smartphone in recent memory to have a metal body. As this is touted to be a variant of the current flagship, the Galaxy S4, is there any other differences beyond the change in build material?. Read on to find out!



The Galaxy J retains the same display found on the Galaxy S4 without any notable improvements. That means we’re looking at a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Design & Build

The front may be exactly the same but the back is a completely different story. The much-disliked plastic back on the S4 is ditched for the most premium of premium material desired by many. But that’s not all, the overall design of the Galaxy J is also more square-ish than the more-rounded S4, but that’s just individual preference.

Another major change is on the physical home button. Where in the S4 the home button has the same color scheme (black and white) as the device’s prevailing color, the Galaxy J’s home button follows the device colorful paintjob. You get home buttons in white, red and blue (which are the Galaxy J’s available color) against the black front panel.


The Galaxy J is also said to contain some remnants of the Galaxy Note 3’s DNA and hardware is the reason why. Aside from an increased RAM from 2GB to 3GB, the Galaxy J also packs a better chipset and processor in Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (600 in the S4) and processor in quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Adreno 330 (quad-core 1.6 GHz in the S4).

Battery capacity remains unchanged (2,600 mAh) seeing that the device size is largely the same.


As one of the newest Samsung devices, it will be powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade in the future is not out of the question. In comparison, the Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2.2 out of the box and is now upgradeable to 4.3 JB so the playing field here is level. (Unlike the Galaxy J, there are actually pretty credible rumors that point to the S4 getting a bite of KitKat come January 2014, but that is a story for another day.)


Further improvements stops here as again the same camera on the S4 is brought forward to the Galaxy J, which is a 13MP shooter with autofocus, LED flash and a myriad of photography bells and whistles. The secondary front-facing camera is 2MP.

Price & Availability  

The Galaxy J, although now only available in Japan and Taiwan, may very well see a release in more Asian countries in the future. Its price was announced to be TWD (Taiwan Dollar) 21,900 which if converted, translates to around RM 2,370.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 costs RM 2,199 when first released here but it has since see a significant drop in value and you can actually get one for less than RM 1,700 today.

If ever the Galaxy J lands on our shore, will you get one? Or would you rather wait for another metal-clad smartphone, with the Galaxy S5 expected to be the next in line to rock some heavy metal?

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