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Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016)

If you love Samsung smartphones, you will love the Samsung Galaxy J1. Born from the heart of the Samsung Galaxy series, the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) features loveable apps and all your favourite modes to connect such as dual-SIM capabilities, a lightweight frame, and the overall friendliness of Samsung Galaxy’s user interface. Read more about Samsung Galaxy J1 below.

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A Power Player in the Low End Market

It cannot be denied that the Galaxy J1 is among the low end devices if we base it in today’s standards, however, it’s such a surprise to have something so affordable yet very much capable of providing features and power beyond its price tag. The Galaxy J1, despite being on the lower end of the spectrum, comes with a 1.2GHz Cortex A7 processor – a processor that’s almost equally as powerful as Apple’s iPhone 4S. Which means, for an entry level device, it could easily run applications that were once limiting to entry level devices.

Its onboard memory is 512MB, more than enough to run basic apps at the same time, in order to help you stay productive all throughout the day.

A Camera That Delivers

Who says you can’t get quality shots from a low end phone’s camera? The Galaxy J1 will dump that myth, as its 5MP shooter could take photos with great clarity and perfect lighting. On the other hand, its 2MP selfie camera is also more than sufficient enough to capture those great selfie moments. Both the primary and front camera has face detection, and could record videos at 720p; video recording has never been this great for entry level smart phones.

On the Go All Day Long

The Samsung Galaxy J1 is powered by a 1850mAh battery – a very hefty amount of juice for a small device. With that being said, the Galaxy j1 could work its way from sun up until sun down with a single charge, with moderate use. This entry level device holds a battery equally as hefty as the iPhone 6, however the advantage of Galaxy J1 over the iPhone 6 is that it’s not as power hungry, which means its overall hardware doesn’t consume as much as the iPhone 6, not even half of it.

You Get More Than What You Paid For

It cannot be denied that the Galaxy J1 delivers more than what you’d expect from its price range, and most importantly from an entry level smart phone. If you’re on a limited budget and wants the best smart phone for as less money as possible, get ready to be blown away by the Samsung Galaxy J1.

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Reviewed on 2016-08-12
The Samsung Galaxy J series have typically been known more for their value pricing than for their features but Samsung recently refreshed this series for 2016 and the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) is the updated entry-level Samsung Galaxy smartphone for this y...
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Reviewed on 2016-08-08
Affordable, Good build, Great screenVery basic camera, Performance
Most people can't afford premium smartphones, or don't find it necessary to have high-end features available to those devices. The RM500-1,000 range is desirable for many, so a device like the Samsung Galaxy J1 is a great option.The Galaxy J1 is one of th...
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Reviewed on 2016-08-08
As smart device market becomes more competitive due to the fierce competition from China, big guys like Samsung have to adapt to this disruption. Samsung renewed and refreshes its Galaxy J Series this year and we're going to dive into this Galaxy J1 2016...
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Reviewed on 2016-08-07
Compact size for comfortable operation with a single hand, Super AMOLED display with useful modes, Durable battery Ultra power saving mode, Low exterior temperatures after a stress test, Decent shots, many camera modes and settingsLow display resolution, Lack of some TouchWiz UI features
In the last couple of weeks we presented to you our reviews of almost all 2016 Samsung Galaxy J models, and now the time has come for a detailed look at the most affordable member of this series – Galaxy J1 (2016). Of course, the low price translates into...
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Reviewed on 2016-07-22
sturdy and compact chassis, good SAMOLED screen, replaceable battery, SD reader, long battery runtimes, LTE & NFClow performance in general, sometimes sluggish handling, no ambient light sensor, Android buttons not illuminated, low display resolution, cameras were not improved, only Android 5.1.1, no 5 GHz WLAN
Expensive entry. Samsung launches a 2016 update of its entry-level device Galaxy J1, but the price was increased. Samsung is once again not very generous in terms of features. Can the smartphone justify the additional price, or should you have a look at t...
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Reviewed on 2016-06-17
Samsung Galaxy J series (2016) with data saving feature and better specs than last year has been launched in Malaysia on 15th June 2016. The promotional bundle package with Yes 4G gives 30GB free mobile data in Malaysia.In this article, I will compare the...
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Reviewed on 2016-06-16
Thanks to Samsung Mobile Malaysia we managed to get some hands-on time with the new Galaxy J1 2016 , Galaxy J5 2016 and Galaxy J7 2016 . Priced respectively at RM449, RM849 and RM1049, the new Galaxy J 2016 series was launched yesterday and will be availa...
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Processor frequency

1.3 GHz

Processor cores



Display diagonal

11.4 cm (4.5")

Display resolution

800 x 480 pixels

Orientation sensor
Display type


Display number of colours

16.78 million colours

Ports & interfaces

USB port
USB connector type


USB version


Headphone connectivity

3.5 mm

Weight & dimensions


128 g


6.88 cm


8.9 mm


13.3 cm


SIM card capability

Single SIM

SIM card type


2G standards


3G standards


4G standards


Wi-Fi standards

802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth version


Bluetooth profiles


2G bands (primary SIM)

850,900,1800,1900 MHz

3G bands supported

850,900,1900,2100 MHz

4G bands supported

800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 MHz

Wi-Fi Direct


Internal storage capacity

8 GB

Internal RAM

1024 MB

Compatible memory cards

MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC

Maximum memory card size

128 GB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
GPS (satellite)


Operating system installed


Operating system version



Rear camera resolution (numeric)

5 MP

Auto focus
Built-in flash
Front camera
Front camera resolution (numeric)

2 MP

Zoom capability
Digital zoom


Face detection
Video recording
Flash type




Battery capacity

2050 mAh

Talk time (3G)

12 h

Browsing time (Wi-Fi)

11 h

Browsing time (3G)

9 h

Browsing time (4G)

10 h

Continuous audio playback time

39 h

Continuous video playback time

14 h


Form factor


Colour of product



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