Samsung has ushered in the Galaxy J1 (2016) rather quietly, officially outing the handset at an event in Dubai. This budget device has little to do with the jet set billionaires of Dubai, but Samsung decided to launch the product in the desert nation anyway.
As with the original Galaxy J1 last year, the 2016 edition is unlikely to make your eyes pop out in terms of its specs, but it is a solid entry level handset and actually looks pretty too. the handset gets a bit of an upgrade over its predecessor, coming with 4.5-inch screen (up from 4.3-inch) with 480p resolution, a 1.3 GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 CPU, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front facing lens, a 2050mAh battery, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to run the show. All J1 models from 2016 pack LTE connectivity, something that was specific to a more expensive 4G model in 2015.
We had a specific gripe with the original J1, namely it was too expensive. It was an entry level smartphone but cost way too much for what is an extremely humble spec list. Sure, specs are not everything, but we have to consider Xiaomi is pumping out more affordable products with 1080p screens, 2GB of RAM, 13MP cameras, and other standout features.
With that in mind there is no surprise why Xiaomi has bloodied Samsung’s nose in China, and we are afraid it’s a similar story with the Galaxy J1 (2016) costs $135, which is just too much. However, admittedly the original model was a success and sold in millions, so clearly consumers are willing to pay more for their budget devices if it carries the Samsung name.