This Samsung smartphone has a ‘Bike Mode’ for riders

samsung J3

Called the J3, let’s tell you a little bit more about the latest Dh600 Samsung smartphone.

While we’re all giddy with excitement from the constant news of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, here’s something to cleanse your palate. The Samsung J3.

The headlines have been dominated with news of its older, posher cousins (we’re guilty of it too here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here), however on paper, the J3 seems like an decent budget device.

Here’s a few stats to get the ball rolling: The J3 is fitted with a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 294ppi. It runs Android 5.1.1 out of the box and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip. It’s battery is a 2600 mAh cell.

On the memory front, it’s got 1536MB RAM, and 16MB of storage. Its memory card slot can hold a microSD of up to 128GB.

Its cameras are a humble 5-megapixel camera (or 8-megapixels – depending on the region) on the rear that features digital zoom, autofocus and geotagging with exposure control, white balance and ISO control settings. The front facing camera is a 2-megapixel snappers – so bye bye selfies.

The Samsung J3’s coolest feature

One of the coolest features of this device is the S Bike Mode. The device is targeted mainly at the Indian market however there are a fair amount of motorcycles here in the UAE – which could benefit from this feature.

This mode encourages riders to stop checking their phones and notifications while on their bikes. It basically shuts off your phones notifications with a quick tap on a NFC tag attached to your bike.

“Samsung is constantly in the pursuit of meaningful innovations that make people’s lives better. S bike mode is a result of that vision. While studying the consumers’ phone usage behaviour, we realised that incoming calls are a major distraction to bikers. We are very happy that we have come up with something that will benefit millions of two-wheeler users and promote responsible riding.”
Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Samsung India Electronics.

You can also set an automatic reply to those whose calls you missed and callers will be notified that you’re currently riding a bike – they can then choose to press 1 to activate the emergency feature that will then push the call to you.

As mentioned earlier, the device is focused on the Indian market, however J3s are also available across the United States and here in the UAE as well on stores such as Souq.com and Jadopado.

Hopefully this video can explain it better. But be warned – it’s got a catchy tune.


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