Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy J1 (2015) vs J1 (2016)

Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy J1 (2015) vs J1 (2016)

The 2016 version of Samsung‘s Galaxy J1 was just spotted yesterday for sale in one of their local stores. Early last year, the company also introduced its entry-level smartphone for the same price. Let’s now take a quick side-by-side comparison on both their specs to see what has improved after a year.


Samsung Galaxy J1 (2015)Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016)
4.3-inch WVGA display @ 800 x 480 resolution4.5-inch Super AMOLED display @ 800 x 480 resolution
1.2GHz Dual-Core Spreadtrum processor1.3GHz Exynos 3475 quad-core processor
Mali-400 GPUMali-T720 GPU
4GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD)8GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD)
5MP AF rear camera with LED flash5MP AF rear camera with LED flash
2MP front camera with Palm Selfie gesture sensor2MP front camera with Palm Selfie gesture sensor
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi DirectWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0
1,850mAh battery2,050mAh battery
Android 4.4 KitKatAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop

Galaxy J1 (2016) improvements:


  • Larger display
  • Super AMOLED screen
  • Faster processor
  • Better GPU
  • Bigger RAM at 1GB
  • Double the internal storage at 8GB
  • Higher battery capacity
  • Updated OS

Both are the same in:

  • 5MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • Connectivity
  • Dual-SIM
  • Price

With the same asking price of Php5,490, the 2016 variant of the J1 offers a better screen in general plus a faster processor. Although still not that beefy, the RAM has also been improved from 512MB to 1GB, while the storage has been doubled to 8GB.

We saw the 2016 J1 over at the Samsung Store in SM Light Mall and should also be available in other branches.

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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9 Responses

  1. Sean says:

    Still a throwaway phone.

  2. cruizer says:

    The 2016 version is only 207 pixels per inch

  3. Andrew says:

    Lol. How can a bigger display phone with the same screen resolution have a higher ppa?

  4. Marcos says:

    ang baba ng resolution

  5. cruizer says:

    Obviously you’re paying for the Samsung name here. There are much better deals elsewhere for even less money, if you can trust their brand names.

  6. Easy E says:

    Yung J1(2015) dapat ibenta na rin ng Smart ng php888 hahaha..

  7. aj says:

    halos same specs na ng J2?

  8. Don’t worry about the ambiguous future, just work hard for the sake of clarity

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