Samsung brand is usually associated with premium devices mostly thanks to the popularity high-end Galaxy S lineup and Galaxy Note phablet series. Apparently the Korean manufacturer doesn’t want to focus only on one group of customers who are ready to pay top dollar for flagship smartphones. Not long ago the company launched the Galaxy A series aimed at mid-range users and today the entry-level Galaxy J1 smartphone with dual-SIM capabilities was unveiled for developing countries in mind.
Samsung Galaxy J1 Dual-SIM Smartphone
Actually, the Samsung Galaxy J1 doesn’t come as a surprise. A couple of weeks ago the first renders of the phone leaked online suggesting that it wouldn’t be long until the device would go official. And so it did earlier today. There was no special launch event; instead the Galaxy J1 quietly appeared on Samsung’s Malaysia website, but given the phone’s status we didn’t expect a huge welcome party.
In addition to the white version which leaked two weeks ago, the handset is also available in black and blue. Unlike most lower-end phones which can be really ugly, the Galaxy J1 keeps Samsung’s traditional and aesthetic design making it look far more premium than it is.
It turns out that earlier leaks were almost spot on. The phone indeed features a 4.3-inch display with 480 x 800 resolution and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor of unknown make, although instead of the rumored four cores users will get two. The phone also comes with less RAM than previously expected – not 1GB but 512MB. The rest of the specs are in line with what we heard before, that is 4GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD cards, 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, auto focus and HD video capture and 2-megapixel front-facing snapper.
The device also offers dual-SIM support and a 1,850 mAh removable battery which should be good for up to 10 hours of talk time. The Galaxy J1 will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat with interesting functions such as Palm Selfie, Tap to Take Pics and Ultra Power Saving mode.
Samsung didn’t disclose where the Galaxy J1 is destined, but since there was no official press release regarding the phone, we assume that distribution will be rather limited. In addition to Malaysia, it might also be launched in Russia. At the moment we are not sure whether the handset will arrive to other markets and if so, when.