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Galaxy Mini is no small deal

The Galaxy J1 Mini is Samsung's answer to the demand for budget phones.
The Galaxy J1 Mini is Samsung's answer to the demand for budget phones.PHOTO: SAMSUNG

Its $128 price puts it way below flagship models by Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini is the South Korean manufacturer's crack at the budget phone market. It retails for $128, about nine times cheaper than its flagship devices.

As its name suggests, the Galaxy J1 Mini is truly mini. It has a 4-inch, 800 x 480 pixels screen, and weighs in at just 123g with a battery of 1,500 mAh.

The black version has a thick, silver edge running all around the phone, as well as a home button and two soft keys next to it.

The J1 Mini has as a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and 0.75GB of RAM with 8GB of internal storage. It can also support a microSD card of up to 128GB, which is more than most other budget phones.

While the phone's screen is bright enough, I still found it quite difficult to read at certain angles.

It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with pro mode, where you can adjust the ISO, white balance and exposure, as well as a selection of different filters to choose from. The resultant pictures were sharp, although colours were a little cool.

The front camera has VGA quality, which translates to 0.3-megapixel. While resolution was not great, I found its face detection and autofocus on point.

• Price: $128 from authorised Samsung retailers

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2016, with the headline 'Galaxy Mini is no small deal'. Print Edition | Subscribe