Samsung’s Mini Miss

There is certainly no shortage of budget smartphones available to choose from.

However, each new addition to the list generally offers something new. Samsung’s latest device, the Galaxy J1 Mini Prime is unfortunately not one of those smartphones that has taken a step up. This phone is undoubtedly a hit and a miss.

Samsung’s Galaxy J1 Mini Prime lives up to its name with a small WVGA touchscreen display of 4 inches. The resolution of 480 pixels 800 pixels combined with a 233ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density, offers a clear but hardly impressive image quality. So watching HD videos on this device will be a disappointing experience.


Powered by a Spreadtrum SC9830 quad-core processor that runs at 1.2 GHz and a RAM of 1GB, this smartphone functions on the slower side compared to other phones in this price range. For making calls and doing basic using Google, this phone is good enough. However if you are hoping to multitask and perhaps even play some light games, this is not the device for you.

The J1 Mini Prime has an in-built storage capacity of 8GB that can be expanded using an external microSD card of up to 256GB. For storing photos, music, documents and even a movie this is more than enough of space. However, due to the low RAM capacity, storing excess data will probably slow down your phone.

Sporting a 5 megapixel camera as well as an LED flash on the back, the J1 Mini Prime allows users to capture images that are clear. While the quality is admittedly low even for the price point, it is sufficient for those wishing to scan QR codes or take basic photos. The front camera is unfortunately only 0.3 megapixel, which does not really serve much use as selfies will be of poor quality and video calling quality will sure be underwhelming.

Users will be happy to know that this smartphone is offered with the Android v6.0 Marshmallow and supports two Micro-SIM cards. Powering the phone is a removable battery that has a capacity of 1500mAh and provides a battery life of approximately 10 hours only. So we do not suggest that you leave your charger behind.


There are a number of connectivity options offered with this phone including Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, FM and 3G support. Several sensors have also been added like the ambient light sensor, gyroscope and even an accelerometer. The Galaxy J1 Mini Prime comes in three colours, gold, white and black, and it has a simple design with rounded edges.

Currently only available in the US via Amazon and Ebay, the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime is priced at $89 (Rs. 6000 approximately). Oddly enough, though the device has launched online, Samsung is yet to formally announce the smartphone on its website. For all those who are looking to buy a budget smartphone, Samsung’s new J1 Mini Prime is overshadowed by devices like the Motorola Droid RAZR, Micromax Fire, Asus Zenfone Go and the Panasonic P66 Mega.

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by techtalks @TechTalks December 6, 2016 12:00 PM UTC


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