Samsung, however, has chosen to remain unperturbed for now. Let’s take a look at the hardware inside Korean manufacturer’s latest offering.

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Camera and Internal Storage

Samsung Galaxy J1 features a 5 MP rear AF camera with LED flash and a 2 MP front camera for selfies. You can record 720p HD videos from the rear camera at 30fps. Imaging hardware in budget android devices has significantly evolved in past few months. Phones like Asus Zenfone 5, Redmi 1S and Lenovo A6000 have some great 8 MP cameras in the same price bracket.

Internal storage is 4 GB, which is again not particularly impressive. If you plan on using some basic social networking apps this shouldn’t be a deal breaker. To store media files, you can make use of ample 128 GB secondary storage via MicroSD card.

Processor and Battery

There is a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm chipset powering the smartphone. Samsung hasn’t specified any further details yet. Coupled with just 512 MB of RAM, this doesn’t sound like a machine for heavy lifting.

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Battery capacity is 1850 mAh. Samsung claims 10 hours of 3G talk time, 9 hours of 3G internet usage, 12 hours of WiFi internet usage, 9 hours of video playback and 40 hours of audio playback. The battery capacity shouldn’t be a deal breaker for basic users. The battery is also removable and a power saving mode is also present for critical times.

Display and Other Features

The display is 4.3 Inches in size and features WVGA 800 x 480 pixel resolution. It is not an IPS LCD display and there is no protection layer on top either. The display doesn’t sound anything impressive as, say, Moto E display which is the same size.

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Samsung Galaxy J1 is running Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Other features include 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Glonass, Accelerometer and Proximity sensor.

Samsung has bundled several offers with this device. These include 500MB of free 2G/3G data per month for 6 months for Aircel and Reliance customers and free streaming and premium content on starsports.com, wapsite and apps worth Rs. 1,400 for 3 months.

Comparison

Samsung Galaxy J1 will compete against phones like upcoming Moto E 2nd Generation, Huawei Honor Holly, Android one phones, Zenfone 5, Lenovo A6000 and Yureka in India.

Key Specs

Model Samsung Galaxy J1
Display 4.3 inch, WVGA
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core
RAM 512 MB
Internal Storage 4 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 5 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 1850 mAh
Price 7,190 INR

What we Like

  • 128 GB MicroSD support
  • Removable battery and Ultra Battery saver mode

What we Don’t like

  • Display technology
  • Dual core chipset with 512 MB RAM

Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy J1 is not that revolutionary Samsung phone, where Samsung puts in all its muscle and provide alluring specs over Chinese and domestic players. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t be commercially viable – thanks to the valuable Samsung branding. If you are looking for a low cost Samsung branding device, you can consider Galaxy J1 as an option.

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