Samsung's New Phone: Galaxy J1 Mini Prime; News, Price, Specs And Features

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime
A photo of the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime Photo : Balram Chanda/YouTube

Remember the time when mobile devices were just all about calling, texting and how durable it was? I'm not saying I don't like the smartphones we have today. It's just that people these days people forget what the original concept of a mobile phone should be and are blinded with the many unnecessary gimmicks and tricks that phones are capable of nowadays (also how costly it can get). If you share the same feeling, then the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime is probably the phone you're looking for.

About the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime

In a written article at Phone Arena, Samsung has launched a new smartphone. Believe it or not, it is a 4 inch device called the Galaxy J1 Mini Prime (model number J106B). The device is available on Amazon which cost $89.99 and in eBay for $86.99. The handset is said to be able to use on T-Mobile, but only in 2G. Now let's talk about the specs and features of the device.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime Specs And Features

Network. The networks are GSM and HSPA. For its 2G band, it features GSM. For its 3G band, it features HSDPA. Its network speed is HSPA 21.1/5.76 Mbps.

Body. Its body dimensions are 126.6 x 63.1 x 10.8 mm (4.98 x 2.48 x 0.43 in). The body weight is 123 g (4.34 oz). As for its SIM features, it features dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by). The casing designs come in gold and black.

Display. The display type of the device is TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors. The display size is 4.0 inches (~57.0% screen-to-body ratio). The display resolution is 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density).

Platform. Believe it or not, it runs on Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow). The chipset is Spreadtrum SC9830. The CPU is Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7. And lastly, the GPU is Mali-400MP2.

Memory. The card slot memory is microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot). The internal memory is 8 GB and 1 GB RAM. Yeah, it is kind of low in RAM, but at least it runs on Android Marshmallow, right?

Camera. The rear camera is 5 MP, f/2.2 with LED flash (really not selfies). About its front camera, the Galaxy J1 Mini Prime has none. It's video recording quality is 720p@30fps.

Sound. Alert types is Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones. The device has a loudspeaker. The device also has a 3.5mm jack (thankfully!).

Comms. For its WLAN, it features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, and hotspot. The Bluetooth is v4.0, A2DP. And lastly, for the USB, it features microUSB v2.0. It also has a FM radio in case you're into that.

Battery. Its battery is a removable Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery (yeah, somehow it feels old-school). The talk time is unknown. The stand-by time and music play are also unknown.

Features.  For its sensory features, it only has one: Accelerometer. For its messaging features, it has SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, and IM. The browsing feature is HTML. Other features are MP4 player, MP3 player, photo/video player, and document viewer.

Final thoughts

Compared to the phones that were released this year, the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime is kind of underwhelming. Personally, I don't see this phone going mainstream or will have many potential buyers. But hey, at least it runs on Android Marshmallow. 

I think this phone will only attract businessmen that only need a phone for calling and texting. But for the other crowds, it will be a long shot before they will decide to buy this device. It will be like getting something lower than a downgrade which will be very difficult to adapt to.

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