Earlier in the year, Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy J1 with a model designation of SM-J100. The Galaxy J1 is a lower end handset based around a 4.3-inch, 480 by 800 pixel display, a Spreadtrum dual core processor (based on the ARM Cortex-A7 core) backed up by 512 MB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. The J1 came with Android 4.4 KitKat running under Samsung's custom TouchWiz user interface. Whilst the J1 carries low specifications, it is designed as an introduction to the Samsung Galaxy range and should customers buy the J1 and enjoy it, they are more likely to buy another Samsung device going forwards. Since the launch of the J1, we've seen seeing rumors of a new but related model, so far given various names such as the J1 Pop and a model designation of SM-J110. This might appear to be something of a mild polish to the original handset, perhaps an adjustment to the specification here to there to fine tune the device for a particular market. One school of thought had given the J1 Pop an increase in RAM to 1 GB and an upgrade to the operating system to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
However, the latest rumor is that the SM-110 J1 Pop will actually be called the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace. Ace is a name that Samsung have used before for a range of popular lower / mid-range devices and this story would not be a startling revelation. The source of the rumor is a Dutch online retailer, Nieuwemobiel, which has the J1 Ace up for sale at â‚¬115, a little more than the original J1. Unfortunately, there are no quoted specifications given so we do not know why the J1 Ace is more expensive. It could be speculated upon that this is because of an improved specification, but such details will not be known until the website is updated. There also does not seem to be an image - the picture shown at the top of this article is that of the Galaxy J1. According to Nieuwemobiel, the J1 Ace will go on sale on the 30 July - so more details will hopefully emerge later this month.
If the rumor is true, it is somewhat disappointing that Samsung's statement about rationalizing the model range made at the end of last year, has not quite happened as we had hoped. Samsung has the Galaxy A, E, S and J families of devices, plus the Note and the Grand. Whilst it is still useful that different families have different biases, each model must be designed and manufactured, which surely must eat into the profit of the overall business. Then again we are not privy to Samsung's plans this time last year, which might have included many more models in each family.