WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN? Well, er, Samsung is with its latest smartphone that can't connect to the internet.
The Samsung J2 Pro, announced in South Korea, is a low-end Android mobe that "blocks mobile data such as 3G, LTE, and WiFi" in order to keep kids - along with elderly people who are "sensitive to data charges" - offline.
The internet-free device is predominantly aimed at students who need to focus on studying without any distractions such as social media and online games. According to a report on The Verge, there's an LTE modem inside the phone but it's disabled for everything but calls and texting
The handset's specs are unlikely to cause too much of a distraction, either, with the J2 Pro offering a 5in 540x960 Super AMOLED screen, a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, 8MP main and 5MP front-facing cameras, a 2,600mAh removable battery and a baked-in microSD slot.
The Samsung J2 Pro, which will be made available in black and gold colour options, does have access to a tool called 'Diodic4', though, an electronic dictionary app that can be used for studying foreign languages.
What's more, Samsung says that students who complete the College Scholastic Ability Test - a college-entrance exam taken in South Korea - after 2019 and 2020 will be able to trade-in their feature-lacking J2 Pro for a Galaxy S, Note, or A Series phone.
The J20 Pro's $180 (£120) price-tag also means it's a viable option for people who want a phone simply for texting and sending text messages. It's unlikely to be released outside of South Korea, though, bad news for Brit-based drug dealers. µ
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