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Samsung Officially Launches The Galaxy J1 and Galaxy J3 in Kenya

Galaxy J3

Samsung Electronics East Africa has officially unveiled two new entry level smartphones, the Galaxy J1 mini and J3 (2016), in Kenya. Samsung has been disappointing us with its entry level devices of late as competition from Chinese manufacturers drive consumers to demand better specs from their devices.

Support for 4G LTE is one of the main features that Samsung has added to these devices as it tries to bring this technology to its entry level devices. The company hopes that this and other features will help attract those customers who are currently using feature phone.

Jung Hyun Park, Vice President and Managing Director of Samsung Electronics East Africa said, ‘’We understand the dynamics of the emerging and developing markets, where we have to create a balance between the entry level and flagship models. A look at the statistics from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) indicates that more Kenyans are accessing internet through their mobile phones. And as a manufacturer, we would like to play a role in encouraging consumers on feature phones to take the jump to smartphones affordably.”

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Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini in Kenya

Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini

Below is a look at some of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini.

Display Size: 4.0 inches with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels

Processor: 1.2GHz Quad Core Processor


Storage Space: 8 GB expandable to 128GB

Android Version: Android 5.1 Lollipop

Network: Supports up to 3G

Camera: 5MP (no flash) at the back with a 0.3MP one in front

Battery: 1500 mAh

The Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini’s recommended price in Kenya is Ksh 8,499. As you can see, this is not the most powerful or appealing smartphone out there when you compare it with the likes of the Cubot Note S, Snokor Z5000 or even the Infinix Hot 3.

Read: Cubot Note S Review

Samsung Galaxy J3 in Kenya

Samsung Galaxy J3

The Samsung Galaxy J3 on the other hand has slightly better specs as listed below.

Display Size: 5.0 inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels

Processor: 1.2GHz Quad Core Processor

RAM: 1.5 GB

Storage Space: 8/16 GB expandable to 128GB

Android Version: Android 5.1 Lollipop

Network: Supports up to 4G LTE

Camera: 8MP at the back with a 5MP one in front

Battery: 2600 mAh

The recommended retail price of the Galaxy J3 in Kenya is Ksh18,299. This puts it slightly above the Tecno Boom J8.

Read More: Tecno Boom J8 Review

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