Samsung Stealthily Launches Budget Minded Galaxy J1 in Malaysia
Samsung is looking to strengthen its current portfolio by appealing to the lower, entry level market with a budget friendly device in the Galaxy J1. The Galaxy J1 appeared on Samsung’s official Malaysian website just under 2 weeks ago without much fanfare.
The Galaxy J1 comes with a 4.3-inch WVGA TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. It runs on a 1.2GHz dual core processor with 512 MB of RAM and a measly 4GB of internal memory which is expandable via microSD card slot. It touts a 5-Megapixel CMOS sensor in its main camera capable of 720p HD video recording and a 2-Megapixel front facing camera. It will be powered by a removable 1850 mAh battery.
When it comes to connectivity, the Galaxy J1 comes with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and MicroUSB 3.0. It will only have a proximity sensor and accelerometer and will ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s low end variant of TouchWiz.
The device retails for just under MYR 400 (USD$ 112.50).
Hot off it’s silent release, rumours of the device getting multiple variants have begun to surface. According to an Anonymous source over at GSM Arena the Galaxy J1 will be receiving a new quad core variant soon which will run on the Marvell Armada Mobile PXA 1908 chipset with a 64-bit quad core processor. This particular variant, the SM-J100F will support only single SIM with 4G LTE support. A similar, dual SIM capable variant, the SM-J100FN, will carry the same specifications. The current release is apparently the SM-J100H.
We can pretty much confirm this rumour as the User Manual from the Samsung Malaysia website list 6 variants of the device: SM-J100F, SM-J100FN, SM-J100G, SM-J100H, SM-J100H/DD, SM-J100H/DS.