Samsung is known for releasing high-end, often expensive handsets to the market, with the likes of the Galaxy S6 and Note5 both being big hits. However, it seems that the South Korean company isn’t against the budget market either, after its latest device leaked with a number of low-end specs.
Following up from the already budget Galaxy J1 device, the J1 Mini is the latest Samsung handset to leak, bringing a smaller build and a very cheap price tag, but will it be a hit?
After appearing on a number of benchmarking websites, it appears that the Galaxy J1 Mini is now completely in the public eye, even though it’s not been officially announced by the manufacturer yet.
However, if you’re in need of a powerful smartphone then this probably won’t be to your taste, with a 4.3” 800x800 display immediately showcasing the level of specs you can expect.
Inside the phone we get a quad-core processor, with a Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset also included. Elsewhere, we get 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, although we’re yet to find out if this is expandable (we certainly hope it is!).
Photography is tackled by a 5 megapixel rear camera, whilst the front side of the phone boasts a VGA lens, so you can keep updating your latest Snapchat stories at least.
The phone runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, meaning that we get a strong OS to play with, albeit not one which is the newest of the bunch. We could see an update to Marshmallow in the future, however we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath on this.
Samsung hasn’t given the J1 Mini an official launch date as of yet, however, it’s likely that it should be around come the start of 2016, making it an ideal addition to the CES or MWC roster in January or February respectively.
What we do have more of a gauge on is the phone’s potential price tag. Listings online have the phone costing just $50 sim-free, which is just £30 or so if the company keeps to the conversion rate.
This obviously makes the J1 Mini one of the cheapest smartphones on the market right from the off. But whilst this might not interest top notch smartphone enthusiasts, it could prove to be an ideal gift for someone who is in need of a back-up device, or just needs a phone to handle the simplest of tasks.
Of course, as Samsung issues more information about the J1 Mini, we’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Written by Luke Hatfield