Quirkiness and exoticism are what usually describe best the seasonal new gadget line-ups of Japan’s leading wireless carriers, but NTT DoCoMo seems to have turned a page with the latest fall-winter selection of phones, which is downright droolworthy.
Well, maybe not the whole thing, but look me in the eyes and tell me you’re not this close to flying halfway around the world to pick up Sony’s Xperia Z1 mini or Samsung’s Galaxy J. The latter of which is basically a crossover between the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4.
The bad news? As you can tell by the handheld’s name, the odds of it going on a world tour anytime soon are microscopic. But hey, you can always sit back, relax, close your eyes and imagine you’re somewhere in Osaka reading a manga magazine on the Galaxy J while sitting on one of those talking toilets.
With me so far? Then it’s time to see exactly what Galaxy J’s deal is. With a design that’s a very clear-cut rip-off of Note 3’s exterior and some added color and pizzazz (courtesy of Coral Pink, Satin White and Lapis Blue models), the J diminishes the screen real estate to “just” 5 inches, but keeps the 5.7-incher’s 3 gigs of RAM and quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.
Meanwhile, the battery is identical to the one inside the GS4 (2,600 mAh), there’s buttery smooth Android 4.3 Jelly Bean pre-loaded, plus a 13 MP camera slapped on the bad boy’s back and a 2 MP shooter facing the other way.
There’s of course 4G LTE support here too, as well as all the storage you could ever need… and probably more: 32 gigs on-board, plus 32 GB extra via microSD. If only the Galaxy J would take its uncanny resemblance with the Note 3 all the way and also sport stylus support. Yet even with that minor “flaw” in mind, it’s probably the best of both worlds. You lucky NTT DoCoMo users, you!