Samsung Introduces Galaxy J1 mini, Makes Official the Galaxy J1 (2016)

Galaxy J1 (2016)

Samsung has finally made official the 2016 edition of last year’s Galaxy J1, the entry-level smartphone that did so well in the market. The Galaxy J1, however, is not that new having been first outed in Dubai where it has been on sale since January. Making its entry to the smartphone world for the first time is the Galaxy J1’s sibling, the Galaxy J1 mini.

The Galaxy J1 mini is inferior to its larger sibling and the major difference between them besides the features and specifications will be in the pricing.

Galaxy J1 (2016)
Galaxy J1 mini
Galaxy J1 mini

Here are specifications of the two devices side by side:

Galaxy J1 (2016 Galaxy J1 mini
Size and weight 132.6 x 69.3 x 8.9mm, 131g 121.6 x 63.1 x 10.8mm, 123g
Display 4.5-inch (800 x 480 Pixels) Super AMOLED 4-inch (800 x 480 Pixels) TFT display
Processor 1.3 GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor with Mali T-720 GPU 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory, expandable with microSD
  • 768MB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory, expandable with microSD
  • 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 720p video recording
  • 2MP front-facing camera,  f/2.2 aperture
  • 5MP rear camera, f/2.2 aperture, 720p video recording
  • VGA front-facing camera,  f/2.4 aperture
OS Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) Same
Battery 2,050 mAh 1,500 mAh
Network 3G, LTE (Cat 9 supported) 3G (No LTE)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS Same
Others FM Radio, Dual-SIM Same
Colour options Gold, White and Black Same

While we know that the Galaxy J1 (2016) is going for an equivalent of $136 (or Kshs 14,000), details about the pricing of the Galaxy J1 mini are yet to be released. The Galaxy J1 mini is currently on sale in the Phillipines and the Russian Federation, though, like the J1 (2016), it is expected to become available in markets where Samsung has previously introduced entry-level smartphones including Kenya.