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Samsung officially presents the Galaxy J1, its first J series smartphone

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Samsung officially presents the Galaxy J1, its first J series smartphone
After the Galaxy A series that was introduced last year, Samsung is starting 2015 with two other new families of Android smartphones: the E series (announced earlier this month), and, now, the J series. The first member of the latter is the Galaxy J1 (already seen in some leaked images).

As of today, the Galaxy J1 - model number SM-J100H - is presented on Samsung Malaysia's website, so we assume it's going to be soon released in the region. Previously, we reported that the J1 would be powered by a 64-bit quad-core Marvell processor, but the official specs sheet contradicts this, listing a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor of unknown make instead.

The J1 is an entry-level smartphone with a 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display, dual SIM capabilities, and Android 4.4 KitKat on board. It's got a 5 MP camera with LED flash on the back, and a 2 MP snapper on the front (this one's helped by a Palm Selfie function that detects movement and lets you take selfies using hand gestures).

The new Galaxy offers 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, microSD card support, and a 1850 mAh removable battery that should be able to provide a talk time of up to 10 hours. Ultra Power Saving mode is also available. Weighing 122 grams and measuring 129 x 68.2 x 8.9 mm, the Galaxy J1 comes in three color versions: blue, black, and white.

The lack of a press release (or anything like that) regarding the Galaxy J1 may suggest that Samsung doesn't intend to launch the handset in too many markets - though we know that, besides Malaysia, it should be released in Russia. We assume we'll find out more about this pretty soon.

source: Samsung

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posted on 28 Jan 2015, 15:28 8

1. irellemot (Posts: 109; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)

This better cost less than $80.

But knowing Samsung.....

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 15:43 6

3. tango_charlie (Posts: 334; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Even that is too much! Look at Xiaomi's or Meizu's devices and their price policy. This "beast" of a smartphone is DOA IF doesn't cost less than $50

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 23:25

19. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

if I remember right from what PA said in previous articles - no, it might cost about 170USD. roflcopter.

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 15:40

2. KinqElessaR (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Dec 2014)

I want UPSM for my S4 with 5.0 update. Even this J1 has it.

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 15:46 2

4. dani_rad (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

this is not the first j series .
Galaxy J SGH-N075T
.luanch: 2013, December

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 15:47 3

5. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

Omg just 512 mb of ram ! R u f**king kidding us samsung im struggling enough with that amount of ram on my l630 how about android . feel sorry for who is going to buy this . unless it 80 $ or cheaper

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 15:52

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 24454; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I see the resemblance

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 15:48 1

6. nctx77 (Posts: 2374; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

(S)Pam alert!!!!!

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 15:52 1

7. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

A, E, now J...

Why sammy, why?

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 16:04 1

9. seven7dust (unregistered)

this is the problem right here , samsung just can't compete with Chinese manufacturers in the low end of the market, they should just give up here, what are they trying to prove ? these specs make me puke !!! 4 GB internal memory really ?

touchwiz can't even perform well on a s series phone they go and make a touchwiz ultra cheap j series lol! this sux just get a redmi or the new Meizu m1.

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 16:20 1

10. Tziggy14 (Posts: 526; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)

So what should Samsung do? Do only high-end where they're losing sales fast to Apple? fat chance.

Diversification is the key to success.

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 22:50 3

18. Gasteasoro (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)

Not really. You see, Samsung already has a buttload of "diversification" in the form of other products (TVs, media players, Hardware for other companies etc).

What samsung needs is to cut its losses already on overpriced low end devices and FOCUS on what everybody is praising. You don't see anyone saying "That Samsung Galaxy (Insert random letter) is amazing!" Heck, the only reason we even KNOW of the existence of such an ABC of Galaxies is because we're in a phone site. All this Js, E, A etc are all subpar devices that only water down the "Galaxy" brand over and over again. As of now the "Galaxy" moniker means nothing. I've lost count of how many average joes I've heard saying "Its a Samsung Galaxy" without even knowing its "letter".

What Samsung needs to do IMHO is to focus on the one market they are leaders at while they are still the leaders... And that's the High-End one. The only reason they're losing sales to Apple is because of hubris and bad timing.

Hubris came in the from of the Galaxy S5. That phone was a complete disgrace to the S4 as a succesor. The S5 alone ruined the lineage of greatness the S Series had been building upon over the years. The reason? Fairly simple, even with its great specs sheet at the time, designwise it was a huge step backwards, and on the high end market, the majority of people shed their cash mostly on the looks alone (iPhone 6plus rings a bell?).

Truth is we "tech saavy" people are a minority. Most of the high end devices are sold to your average joe, Not knowing what a Snapdragon/Exynos is other than some sort of label on the box. SoCs GHz are words that flat out don't exist. Your average Joe wants a "Big Screen that looks cool and a has a great camera" Your average Joe won't even know if the battery has X mAH or what. He'll know it "lasts a day". And THIS is the reason S5 failed so hard. Samsung tried to pull an Apple move by clinging on to the brand name, and they came up with a phone that was larger, bulkier, thicker and overall uglier. The S4 is a phone with a sleek and elegant profile, the S5? Not so much. The results? Overproduction of a device that didn't sell as expected that are now left to rot.

As for the Bad timing, Samsung decided to pull this UGLY bet just when Apple decided to go back on Steve's words and go for a larger device. The results? Most of your average Joes flocked on to the iPhones because of its looks alone. Once again, they won't care about the SoCs, The RAM, the battery etc. They see a premium built great looking big screened phone? I'm in!

Then, Samsung came up with the Beast of a phone that is the Note 4. THIS one time, Samsung delivered such a masterfully crafted, premium built, over the top specced and future proof of a beast, that it's selling like pancakes. You won't see people going crazy over their Galaxy J phone, nor will you see people idolizing their Galaxy As, however you will see a HUGE ammount of people hyping up on the Note 4. Thats your cue to SELL.

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 01:22 2

22. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Wow... a very nice analysis... totally agreed, samsung has damaged the brand image of galaxy with tones of uninspiring models

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 16:29

11. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)

This should be cost less than $50, or else there's no reason to get this piece of s**t unless you're a die-hard Samsung fanboy with a very very very tight budget.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Meizu M1 FTW!

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 17:44 1

15. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)

OMG Samsung just give up and focus on the high end

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 17:44 1

16. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)

They make so many phones that they are gonna run out of alphabets and numbers combination

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 16:49 1

12. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)

many more Kias to follow

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 17:07 3

13. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

"J" is for junk.

Moving on...

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 17:18 1

14. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Here we go again, flooding the market with s**t...

posted on 28 Jan 2015, 18:13 1

17. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)

Holy crap

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 03:01 2

23. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

No "holy", just " crap"...

These guys are only helping LG leapfrog them to become the premier phone manufacturer in South Korea, which is fine by me.

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 00:32 1

20. LVstreeter (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jan 2015)

Samsung needs to come out with decent phone in the 150-200 dollar range. I just bought a Chinese one with 5.5 inch screen, Android Lollipop, 13mp rear and 8mp front camera , 2GB ram 32GB rom and supports 64GB SD card and 4G for 169.00

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 01:14 1

21. Elfmonster (unregistered)

They should pay consumers $20 to smash them. I mean. Garbage.

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 03:21

24. Predator1701 (Posts: 110; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)

In the android world Samsung phones are overpriced, but you have to realize that there is a market for these kinds of phones.A lot of people can't afford more premium phones. Heck I even bought my wife Samsung galaxy ace 4 and the phone is great for her. Snapdragon 410 with 1 GB of RAM, 800x480 Super amoled display and 8gb of internal memory. That thing flies on S410 which is a 64-bit SoC. I could live with that phone but off course I love my Nexus 4 :D

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 10:18

25. Somebody995 (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

So... what makes this different than an S2?

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 15:37

26. racky29 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jan 2015)

Nobody wants 512mb ram anymore
just rather buy a galaxy S3

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 11:23

27. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

It looks like the original Galaxy S. If I was poor I still wouldn't buy this. I would save an get an S3 at minimum.

posted on 30 Jan 2015, 11:30

28. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Does anyone think, that if Samsung dropped all their phones with the exception of the Galaxy S (mid/high), the Galaxy Note (high) and just make a single mid-range model like the Galaxy A (mid) and have a low end like the J (low), that this is all that Samsung needs to sell in all the same markets they do now?

If Samsung had only 2 top end devices to sell and 2 others only that they would still sell the same amount of phones or more?

posted on 01 Feb 2015, 06:27

29. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

Get 2 budget phones. 2-3 mid rangers and a single flagship.
It's gonna cost more R&D to target the same segment of people if you go for 5+ devices per market.

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