Samsung recently launched its low cost Galaxy J1 in India and today the company has announced its 4G LTE variant with quad core chipset. Among devices we experienced today, Galaxy J1 4G is present on the lowest rung of the ladder and thus it’s important to balance your expectations.
Samsung Galaxy J1 4G Quick Specs
- Display Size: 4.3 Inch PLS LCD, 800 X 480 WVGA resolution
- Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core
- RAM: 768 MB
- Software Version: Android 4.4.4 KitKat based TouchWiz UI
- Camera: 5 MP, LED Flash, Can record 720p HD videos at 30fps
- Secondary Camera: 2 MP
- Internal Storage: 4 GB
- External Storage: 128 GB using MicroSD card
- Battery: 1850 mAh
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, Micro USB 2.0, NFC
Samsung Galaxy J1 4G Hands on Review, Camera, Features, India Price and Overview [Video]
Design, Build and Display
Galaxy J1 4G is a compact smartphone, with conventional Samsung low end design, but it doesn’t feel cheap. It is 8.9 mm thick, but feels thinners due to gently rounded side edges on both sides. The removable back panel is made of plastic which looks glossy but has a matte feel to it. The
Since the device is expected to cost around 10k initially, this is hardly a good looking smartphone in its class, but again, it could have been a lot worse for sure.
The 4.3 Inch PLS LCD display comes with 480 x 800 pixels spread across it. The colors are decent, but viewing angles leave much more to be desired. Auto brightness is also not supported. There is no scratch resistant layer on top either. Is it a usable display? In spite of its shortcomings, the display seems very usable.
Processor and Ram
The processor used is 1.2 GHz quad core processor. Samsung hasn’t mentioned what chipset its using, but we suspect Snapdragon 400 series LTE chipset inside. There is moderate 768 MB RAM out of which 300 MB is available at user end. The handset is meant for basic users.
Camera and Internal Storage
There is a 5 MP rear camera which can record 720p HD videos. From our initial testing, it doesn’t seem to be at par with the best 5 MP shooters that we have seen so far. The camera performance is important to all classes of users and can be a problem for the expected 10K price.
Internal storage is 4 GB, out of which Approx 2 GB is available for apps. You can extend this further using MicroSD card slot.
User Interface and Battery
Galaxy J1 4G is running Android 4.4.4 Kitkat with touch wiz UI on top. Software is responsive and supports cellular video calling. The performance is expected to downgrade with few months of usage if you are a moderate.
The 1850 mAh battery is removable. The good thing is that the battery is removable and backup can be augmented by running ultra power saver mode in critical times.
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Samsung Galaxy J1 4G Photo Gallery
The Samsung Galaxy J1 4G doesn’t sound like a good recommendation for 10,000 INR, especially in this competitive Android market. If Samsung branding and 4G LTE is a priority in the next budget smartphone you are planning to buy, you can consider Galaxy J1 4G.