News by Luke Jones on Wednesday May 06, 2015.
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While most of the Samsung news recently has been about the Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6, the company has another smartphone on the way. The mega affordable Galaxy J1 is launching in Europe and Asia, but according to reports today the J1 is also going to be making its way to Verizon. The largest network in the United States is of course a big supporter of Samsung, so adding an entry level device to its portfolio makes sense.While the Galaxy J1 does come with a very appealing price tag (it is $135 in Europe and $115 in India) it may not be quite as enticing as it first appears. As you can see in the image above, it looks solid enough, but its very modest specs are actually something to grip about. The Galaxy J1 comes with a 4.3-inch 480p screen, a 1.2GHz dual core processor, just 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 2MP front facer, and probably Android Lollipop. While at first those basic specs may seem normal for an entry level smartphone, we actually think they are not good enough. For example, the similarly priced Moto E packs better innards, without even mentioning the vastly superior Moto G; that also costs roughly the same as the Galaxy J1. Samsung is making old mistakes here, charging over the top for specs that look stale next to competitors. With the budget market currently vibrant with choice, the Korean giant needs to address this continued model of charging too much for low end smartphones.
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