In an era when ‘mini’ smartphones are becoming an increasingly endangered commodity thanks to the preference for large-screen handsets among consumers, South Korean consumer electronics giant, Samsung Electronics, believes smaller display sizes still haven’t gone out of fashion. The company is apparently on the verge of launching yet another budget smartphone with a 4.3-inch display size in the coming months. The device is expected to be called the Galaxy J1 Mini, and come with the model number SM-J105F. While the upcoming handset has already faced a leak or two earlier, latest reports indicate it has received its certification from the Bluetooth SIG, meaning, it is now one step closer towards a commercial launch.
While the device is now listed on the website of Bluetooth SIG, not much is given away on the listing page, apart from the display size and the model number, as can be seen from the image below. However, as mentioned already, the hardware specs of the upcoming Galaxy J1 Mini has already been leaked on the net, thereby giving us at least a rudimentary idea about the innards of the gadget that will presumably launch mostly in the emerging markets with an ultra-low price-tag. From what we already know from prior leaks, the Galaxy J1 mini is expected to be an inexpensive device, and feature a 4.3-inch display with a WVGA resolution (800 x 480). The handset will be powered by a Spreadtrum SC8830 chipset that incorporates a quad-core CPU, and come with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage out of the box.
Coming to the cameras, while the rear-facing shooter on the Galaxy J1 Mini is expected to come with a 5-megapixel sensor, the front-facing one will reportedly be just a 1.3-megapixel unit. While there’s no word on the battery, the handset is expected to launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, presumably with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface laid on top. Because the success of the device will rest primarily on its pricing, it will be interesting to note how the largest manufacturer of Android devices on the planet prices the gadget, seeing as competition at the entry and mid-range segments is getting more intense than ever with well-priced, high-spec’d handsets from a whole host of manufacturers.