Samsung has officially launched Galaxy J1 phone. Check full Galaxy J1 review, benchmark, price & availability.
Samsung has launched Galaxy J1 smartphone in India and Philippines. Given the declining Samsung's profits and aggressive competition for Chinese OEM and Indian OEM, Samsung introduces Spreadtrum processor based Galaxy J1 smartphone. Spreadtrum and Mediatek are low cost chipset and you can say Samsung is forced to come up such chipset phones.
I am sure the entire Galaxy J line should be dedicated to Spreadtrum powered phones. Well that's all a future talk but here our concern is to review Galaxy J1 smartphone.
This Galaxy J1 phone is available in several models of Samsung SM-J100F, SM-J100FN, SM-J100H, SM-J100H/DD, SM-J100H/DS, SM-J100M, SM-J100MU.
Inside the box you will find the handset, removable battery, earpiece, USB cable, charger, user manual, warranty guide. Yes, there is a separate charger and a USB cable.
Galaxy J1 is unlike typical Galaxy phone under Rs 10,000. Definitely there is much improvement in terms of design. It has got rounded sides & edges, and comes in chrome sort of metal finish on the sides of display which is raised so that display would be preserved.
Galaxy J1 is with 4.3 inches display with ~59.8% screen-to-body ratio providing a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Pixel density stands at 217 ppi pixel. The display supports multi-touch and its normal TFT touchscreen display but looks vivid in color and definitely acceptable at this price tag although you can find HD resolution phone from Xiaomi, Micromax. Could you name any other Samsung popular phone with 4.3 inch display?Under the bright sunlight, the content is hard to read out and you might have to keep the brightness to full level.
This phone is powered with ARM Cortex A7 dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz with Spreadtrum SC7727S chipset. It might not be suitable for high multi-taskers as there is only limited 512 MB RAM. SC7727S by Spreadtrum is based on 28 nm fabrication process providing better performance at significantly low power consumption.
There is ARM Mali 400 MP1 handling the graphical processing clocked at 460 MHz ideally suitable for basic Android games like Subway Surfers, Temple Run and I was unable to run Asphalt 8 on it.
Samsung has kept the same camera user interface that came along with other devices. Front to Back or vice versa camera switch is located on top left side, while on the left bottom there is Settings option. On the right, there is an option to directly record videos, photo capturing option followed with various shooting modes and then quick Gallery access button.
The Settings option includes Settings for Flash, camera pixel range, Timer, Quick Effects and other Settings.
And the camera sample goes here -
Software and User Interface
With Galaxy J1 Samsung brings Kitkat version to sub $100 [low-end] devices. The transition is smoother, beautiful even on WVGA display. When I used this phone, I was quite surprised to see user interface which is much different from other Samsung Galaxy devices.
There is minimum [almost no] bloatware apps as we only saw Galaxy Apps and S Planner as pre-installed apps on the India retail unit version.I have used this for 15 days with normal apps and still find user interface loading at the same rate. And no I don't think Samsung will care to deliver Lollipop update to Galaxy J1.
Just like any other brand phones at this price range, Galaxy J1 comes up with 4 Gigs of Internal storage but 1.79 GB of those is consumed by System Memory to run the phone. That leaves room for only 2.27 GB available to users. Thanks micro SD card slot that you can add up more storage supporting up to 128 GB. You can move app to SD card by going through Settings > Application Manager.
Ideally for a dual core handset which is powered with 512 MB RAM, you can expect high-scores in Benchmark. Yet to make you understand we have done this for you.
- Antutu Benchmark Score - 12699
- Quadrant Benchmark Score - 3098
- Nenamark Score - 52.0 fps
- Vellamo Score : Browser - 1149 and Metal - 632
- Geekbench 3 Single Core - 313, Multi-Core - 575
For all those who are complaining of low specs on Galaxy J1 in comparison with Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Asus ZenFone 4 and other phones, then you will be quite surprised that Galaxy J1 is far better than all the phone mentioned above in terms of battery life.
As the official specifications sheet reads out, it's with 1850 mAh Li-ion battery providing 10 hours of talk time on 3G or 40 hours of music playback time. Upon normal usage, you can easily get one day of usage backup thanks to a low power consuming Spreadtrum chipset. Moreover, Ultra Power saving mode is Icing on the cake to extend battery life to many more hours even though you have <10 % battery life. Simply Superb! This is achieved by restricting phone features to basic functions like voice calls and messages.
The first breed of Galaxy J1 phone includes Bluetooth with v4.0 supporting A2DP. There is aGPS with GLONASS means that your position can be fixed more quickly and accurately in city and towns where it requires position by buildings.
Device supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi Direct and hotspot feature. There is also support for FM Radio with RDS and recording and it works only when you connect earpiece. It doesn't include NFC, DLNA nor MHL.
Galaxy J1 SAR value 0.582 W/kg (head) and 0.496 W/kg (body).
At Rs 7300 it's an ideal phone with the brand Samsung and the Korean giant has done all things good on it although not high-end specifications. But it will not be an easy ride as it's shadowed with local OEM coming out with better specs phone at this price range.