Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini 2016 Price in the Philippines Starts at Php 3,990 : Specs, Features, Release Date

Earlier this week, a number of my readers from across the country informed me that they are already seeing the 2016 Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini in malls near them.

This model is the Korean Giant's latest offering for budget-conscious consumers including yuppies and students who may be on a tight budget but are eager to experience the basics of Samsung's TouchWiz interface for Android.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini

With price tag starting at only Php 3,990 in some mall outlets and online stores, the J1 Mini provides a perfect introduction to the fun world of Android smartphones for those who are finally thinking about upgrading from their current feature-phone.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini

As you can see in these press photos, Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini flaunts a very simple, no-frills design language reminiscent of last year's best-selling Galaxy J1 as well as earlier models including the popular Galaxy Y and Galaxy Young.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini
The device sports a faux metal rim, which makes it look a tad more expensive than it actually. I particularly like the seeming matte finish of the back plate that should resist fingerprint grime and make the phone easier to grasp.

In terms of technical specifications, well, it's entry-level through and through. Outside, the handset is equipped with a 4-inch 480 x 800 WVGA TFT display, a 5 MegaPixel fixed focus main camera sans flash, HD video recorder, and a VGA front cam for selfies. At its heart, J1 Mini runs its TouchWiz-flavored Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex and Mali 400 GPU based Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset, has 768MB of RAM, and comes with 8GB of ROM that's expandable via the hybrid secondary microSIM slot that also supports microSD card memory expansion. The device is powered by a removable 1,500 mAh Li-Ion battery pack that should be able to deliver up a whole day of uptime with regular use.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini

Is it the right smartphone for you? Frankly, you can get an Android smartphone from one of our local brands with exactly the same specs - if not better - for only around Php 1,000 to 2,000. For instance, Smart MyPhone My28 Bundle which has largely similar features sells for just Php 888. Believe it! That said, I would advise buyers who are on a real tight budget to consider getting their new phones from Pinoy handset companies to get the most bang for the buck. But then, I know that there are consumers who are very conscious about the logo that's printed on their gadgets and for them, it's a main consideration in making electronic purchases even if they have to pay more for it. So I guess Galaxy J1 Mini would be great for entry-level users who have their eyes set on having a Samsung smartphone as their first Android device.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini 2016
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions126.6 x 63.1 x 10.8 mm
Weight 123 grams
Available Colors White, Black, Gold
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz UI
Display 4.0 inches (~57.0% screen-to-body ratio), 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density), TFT, capacitive touchscreen, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7, Mali 400 GPU, Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset
RAM 768 MB of RAM
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via hybrid microSIM slot doubling as microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB
Camera Main: 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, fixed focus
Front: VGA
Video Capture HD 720p 30 frames per second for main camera (TBC), VGA for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, WMV, H.264, MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSPA+ 21.1/5.76 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes, RDS, Recording
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable 1,500 mAh Li-Ion battery
Uptime 21 Hours of Music Playback, and 8 Hours of Talk Time
Value-Added Features TouchWiz Interface
Announcement March 2016
Availability March 2016
Price Mall Price: Php 3,990 to Php 4,500 depending on store