The phone has a special S-Bike mode to ensure safety of those using mobiles while on a motorcycle. Galaxy J3 is the first Samsung phone to come with such a feature, which company says was developed entirely by its R&D team in India, the second largest for the company after South Korea.
“We’ve noticed that a lot of our budget smartphone users are the ones who are also most likely to be using a bike. And very often when they are on a bike, they can’t tell whether the call they are getting is urgent. The S-bike mode is aimed at solving this problem,” said Asim Warsi, Senior Vice-President, Samsung Electronics.
Galaxy J3 comes with an NFC tag which can be attached to the bike, and then the user to has switch on the S-Bike Mode from the smartphone’s settings. Once the mode is activated via the tag as well, if the someone calls the user, they are greeted with a pre-recorded messaging saying the person is currently riding a motor-bike and can’t take the calls.
The caller has the option of pressing one in case of an urgent call and the biker will then have to stop to take the call. Samsung’s S-Bike Mode comes with a motion lock mode, where a user can’t take calls while the bike is moving.
Samsung’s budget Galaxy J series has done fairly well in India in the past thanks to features like Ultra-Data Saving Mode. The new J3, which is a dual-SIM 4G smartphone also supports this and comes with an 8mp rear camera, and has a 5-inch HD AMOLED display.