Samsung makes Galaxy J1 2016 official: larger screen, faster chipset

The Galaxy J1 2016 has reared its pretty head here and there before, but all of a sudden Samsung made it official on the hush-hush, and in a place none other than Dubai, which we usually associate with luscious hotels and luxury malls, not humble workhorses of a smartphone.

First off, let's get the specs out of the way. The Galaxy J1 (2016) is an upgrade over its predecessor, which turned out to be ultrapopular with the budget-conscious crowd, selling millions of units last year. In line with the times, the screen of the 4.3" J1 munchkin, has now grown to 4.5 inches, though it still keeps the 480x800 pixels resolution, diminishing the pixel density a bit in the process.

The processing power has seen a more significant upgrade, with a 1.3 GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 running the show. This chipset is built on the 28nm process, and incorporates the Mali-T720 GPU clocked at 600 MHz, so running the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop version that the J1 (2016) ships with shouldn't be an issue, if TouchWiz doesn't get in the way. The 1 GB of DDR3 RAM is a welcome change, too, as the 2015 edition of the J1 shipped with either 512 MB or 768 MB, depending on the model.

The camera combo stays the same, at least when it comes to sensor resolution - a 5 MP rear shooter, coupled with a 2 MP selfie camera at the front. Samsung has doubled the internal storage amount from 4 GB to 8 GB, compared to its predecessor, and also placed a larger, 2050 mAh battery. 

The 4G LTE connectivity now comes standard with the J1 (2016), and, all in all, it sounds like a fine entry level Android handset. With the pricing on display here, which translates to about $135, the Galaxy J1 (2016) might have a steep hill to climb against the Chinese value offerings in the regions it is destined for, though the brand name would certainly earn it some street cred before the competition, what do you think?

source: GSMArena

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Galaxy J1
  • Display 4.3 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1850 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.4



9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Not competitive at all but I am sure it will sell in millions in my country. Because people here prefer the brand. Xiaomi's $105 phone is way better than this.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That "gold" version is fugly...

5. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

"luscious hotels and luxury malls", you forgot "burning towers in New Year's eve"

4. Zackd44

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

No smartphone should come with less than qHD (540x960) at this point. I have the RAZR M which has a 4.3 qHD screen and for a, at the time, mid level phone the screen is very good. It is good as far as todays low end phones go. 480x800 is just unacceptable regardless of the price

3. NitishNK

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

lol... still people will buy... And after buying will say 's**t-shat' abt this phone... Grt marketing Samsung.... no one z better than u at selling craps.... And people oof...

2. Lovejoy

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Wow, that's one ugly combination of black and champagne on the bezels. Couldn't just stick to one colour?

6. carlemillward unregistered

Yeah, the colours do not blend in with one another.

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

480x800 pixels uhm. NO

8. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 733; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

This is how Samsung destroys its brand. Why even making such phones when Samsung has a many of the best of the best technologies available in house? Samsung should not offer phones below $400.

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