Samsung launches the Galaxy J1 for $115, customers complain about the high price

Samsung launches the Galaxy J1 for $115, customers complain about the high price
Last month, Samsung quietly unveiled the Galaxy J1, a new entry-level Android smartphone. Starting this week, the handset is available to buy in India, which seems to be the first market to get it.

The J1 can be bought via Amazon India for $115 (7,190 INR), in white or black, with a blue version expected to be released soon. Running Android 4.4 KitKat, the new Galaxy is obviously not a powerhouse, relying on a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (unknown maker) and 512 MB of RAM for all the computing tasks you'll assign it. The smartphone further features a 4.3-inch PLS display with 480 x 800 pixels, dual SIM capabilities, 3G, a 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, and 4 GB of expandable internal memory. A 1850 mAh battery and Ultra Power Saving Mode are also included.

Interestingly, there are tens of comments on the Galaxy J1's Amazon India product page, all (with no exception), coming from customers who are saying that the smartphone's price is too high for the features it's offering. We can't say we're surprised by this, since there are plenty of Android handsets that cost around $100 in India and come with features like 720p screens, 1 GB of RAM, and more internal memory.

We don't know if Samsung intends to launch the Galaxy J1 in North America, but we'll let you know when we find out.


source: Amazon India via AndroidOS

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Galaxy J1
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not just the price, its ugly for a hundred dollar phone.

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Indeed. I'm bored with Samsung and their junk clones. Thank goodness there's Moto and LG.

17. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Yes, because you can buy an iPhone 5s for about $400. And they look identical--small screen and large bezels.

2. skyline88

Posts: 699; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

crazy Samsung. 115 USD is enough to get Asus Zenfone or Xiaomi Note in my country.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

wow sometimes i wish i lived in a third world country so i could get a basic phone this cheap it would replace my gs3 115 is alittle over the price of a video game in america i what to know what kind of people say this is too high.

15. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Oh.... No you don't. Order it via mail.

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

the zenfone is 139 usd and i see its a 1gb ram 8 internal and 8 mp cam and better looking but samsungs os has more features used smart stay and others and expandable mem.

20. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Those features are mostly gimmicks and useless. Most budget shoppers prefer higher specs than plain software features. Also, both ASUS and Xiaomi models support SD card. Not to mention they are much better at update support compared to Samsung budgets support.

3. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Asus Zenfone 4.5 is way better than this .. and that ZenUI .. trust me .. it's smooth and buttery !!

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

$115? LOL...what a crap. You can get better phones like Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Asus Zenfone 4.5.

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Everyone is talking bad about this phone. Yet, you have a phone that was and still is a bigger POS than this one and it released with the cost that is 1/3 higher. I'm talking about the Lumia 530. How does that pass under the radar and people call this a POS. This is a luxury phone compared to that.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

That phone also came out more than a year ago, it would make sense for it to cost a little more back then, and also it is MUCH cheaper now.

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Samsung just start selling it a week ago in my country(Malaysia), i had give it a try. This phone is quite laggy even on it's demo mode, and it selling at RM399(Around 110 USD) which if i top up a bit i can get tons of better phone than it. Seriously, what is Samsung thinking these day?

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Why complain? This is Samsung's standard offering in the low-end: high prices and low specs. Just buy something else.

8. unwanted

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

shifty shamesung

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

no cheap ass people in the world. buy a real phone if you want more. get a real job and spend money to get your economy moving.

13. FlyingDutch

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

People would rather buy used 4/4s instead of this crap.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is a LOW BUDGET phone people. Get over it. Not everyone including INDIA can't afford a 600$ phone. You expect to have a 100$ phone to have HIGH END specs?

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Thats not the point. A $100 phone shouldnt have specs like J1 has. That phone should be priced like $50. The price defeats the purpose of having an entry level smartphone.

19. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I guess since I live in the US and $100 for this phone seems reasonable to me I don't see why ppl are complaining about the price. But after looking at the phones mentioned here at the price that they sell for in India with the specs that the get, I can completely see why $100 is too much for this phone.

21. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

This sh*t has to be priced under 60.00 $...

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