While most American mobile consumers are likely oblivious to the existence of non-flagship Samsung phones, the Galaxy A, E and J families have achieved moderate success in many emerging European and Asian markets this year.

The decidedly mid-range, mainly lackluster J5 even made Google’s 2015 global top ten search list for gadgets, edging out Nexuses, premium metal-constructed HTCs, Sony Xperias and several other higher-profile handhelds.

Of course, it’s not time for a Galaxy J5 sequel yet, but the lower-end J1 may spawn a redesigned follow-up in a matter of weeks, with marginally improved features on deck. According to a Vietnamese publication that managed to get hold of a very advanced Galaxy J1 (2016) prototype somehow, this should double down on memory and storage space, replace the dual-core Spreadtrum chip with a quad Exynos 3457, and preserve the modest 5 and 2MP cameras.

The worst part is the 4.3-inch WVGA display will apparently jump to a 4.5-inch diagonal while once again settling for a disappointing 800 x 480 pixels resolution. Meanwhile, Android 5.1 Lollipop enters the equation to take 4.4 KitKat’s place, though seeing as how we’re talking a 2016 device here, we can’t help but dream of a 6.0 Marshmallow update before or shortly after the commercial launch tipped for January.

All obvious flaws aside, at least the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) looks arguably better than its predecessor, with a stylish two-tone face, curvier silhouette, and ever so slightly slimmer bezels. Let’s just hope the price is right.

Source: SCNN
Via: SamMobile

Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).

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