Samsung has always been an influential face on the smartphone market, but in the past few months they struggled with the decline of their profits. Sharing their title for the world’s biggest smartphone producer with Apple, it means they have to keep up with the fast moving trends and with the consumer’s needs. Not only that, but they have to come up with new devices that can raise their profits and are more accessible then their premium Galaxy S series and the A series. And that’s how the J series came to life. So, Galaxy J1 has been made official on January 28th on Samsung’s Malaysian website.
The Samsung Galaxy J1 is an entry-level Android featured smartphone that is more affordable then their premium build devices, having a price of almost $80. Now, this might not sound like entirely good news. Samsung struggles with the declining profits might as well make them desperate enough to come out with a phone that could be sold for less and belonging to a different quality category then their good-looking Galaxy S and A series. But unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t really succeeded in creating a new device, with a different look that would stand out, and with good enough specs to make it a desirable smartphone.
Moving on, Samsung still might have a chance on turning the tables into their favor if they would give more for less and not come with a design that is actually just a copy of an older model, like the Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000. And this being said, it’s obvious that this is not going to happen to soon.
Samsung still wants to keep their place on the market with their high-profile smartphones, but unfortunately for them this is not going to keep them for long on top of the pyramid, especially if they only integrate quality components into their expensive series. We all want quality but Samsung only delivers quality with their most expensive smartphones. And it’s a shame, since for a long time Samsung has succeeded to create good devices.
However, when we say Galaxy J1 we don’t think at a phone that defends Samsung’s reputation. Even so, the phone still might be accepted on different markets, like Russia and India.
A 64-bit processor, the quad-core Marvell PXA 1908 clocked at 1.2GHz, powers the Samsung Galaxy J1, and of course, it will run on Android 4.4 KitKat. The smartphone features a 4.3-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, a 5-Megapixel-rear camera, a 2-Megapixel front camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory with microSD slot card up to 128GB and an 1850mAh battery. The handset will also come in two versions, one with LTE and one non-LTE, both of them being available in single SIM and dual-SIM variants.
The Samsung Galaxy J1 may not impress us to much, being released on a market that is saturated to the point where is hard to come up with something new and in the same time in a lower price range, but we were still expecting Samsung to come up with something to impress us. We wait for them to excite us even though Samsung hasn’t made any big leap since the apparition of Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5. Though, it appears they do plan to try the mid-range market and focus where there is consumer growth.
In 2015, Samsung expects for its business to grow since they will introduce new devices with flexible display, metal cases and slimmer designs. Even if they have such expectations, the introduction of Samsung Galaxy J1 it’s not a good way to enter the New Year and we’ll have to wait until the Galaxy S6’s launch to see where their new products line is going to take Samsung this year.