Rumored Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) Could Be the Moto E’s New Competition

The rumored 2016 Samsung Galaxy J1 has allegedly leaked online via a tweet by @sleaknow, and it looks like a Samsung version of the 2015 Moto E. Sort of…

In the tweet, the user lists some specs that are supposedly the ones assigned to the Galaxy J1. These specs are:

  • A 4.5 inch 800×480 display
  • An Exynos 3457 SoC with Mali-720 graphics
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Android 5.1.1
  • A product code of SM-J120

Considering the specs, don’t expect this phone to have an AMOLED display like on the GS6, but rather an LCD. You can also expect no embedded fingerprint scanner and a new design.

Here’s the original Galaxy J1 for a comparison between the new and old designs.

The device, much like the original Galaxy J1, will supposedly have a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. There’s a pretty good chance we’ll be seeing the same camera modules in the new Galaxy J1 as we saw in the original, so don’t expect anything new in this department.


The back of the phone has also been leaked, and it appears that we’ll be seeing a removable back panel with a replaceable battery, what appears to be dual SIM card slots, and microSD card expansion. The original Galaxy J1 had a 1850mAh battery, but according to the image above, it appears that the new version of the device will feature a smaller, 1500mAh battery. This doesn’t exactly make sense due to the fact that the screen is now slightly bigger in the new version, there’s more RAM to power, and the processor is faster. However this is all true, it may as well be one of those “cut corners” Samsung had to make to bring the price of this handset down. But that’s a debate for another day…

The original Galaxy J1 ran for around $115 in India unlocked, which is a very budget-friendly price. But with phones like the 2015 Motorola Moto E featuring better screens, faster processors, stock Android, and very similar prices, the 2016 Galaxy J1 could rest in a very awkward spot in the smartphone market. However these leaks are just rumors and no word yet on whether Samsung is even revamping this handset, we suggest taking this with a grain of salt.