Samsung’s low to mid-range devices have taken over the spotlight from the Korean brand’s flagships.

After the release of the stupendous 6.0-inch Samsung Galaxy A9, there is activity at the other end of the size spectrum with the 4.3-inch Samsung Galaxy J1 released at the start of this year getting a much-improved 2016 model.

Leaked images of the J1 shows a device not unlike the Galaxy J7, but much smaller. Display size has been bumped 0.2 inches up to 4.5 inches, and other aspects across the board have also been spruced up while retaining the same price tag as the 2015 model at roughly over $100.

Instead of operating on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the new J1 comes out of the box with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Its SoC has moved from Spreadtrum with a Mali-400 GPU to Samsung’s Exynos 3475 coupled with a Mali-720 GPU. Pixel density has dropped slightly due to retaining the same resolution for a bit more display real estate.

The 5MP and 2MP cameras stay the same but memory has been boosted to 1GB from 512MB. Internal storage space of 4GB with up to 128GB microSD support is unchanged however and there isn’t yet any details on battery capacity, though we expect it to be higher than 1,850mAh from the 2015 model.

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