Samsung has quietly added a new entry-level Galaxy J1 Ace Neo model to its existing Galaxy J series lineup of devices. As a younger kin to the freshly launched new Galaxy J2 (2016), the Galaxy J1 Ace Neo model is listed on the Samsung’s website for South Africa region.
The Galaxy J1 Ace Neo boasts of a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display panel with 800×480 pixel resolution. This phone houses a modest quad-core Spreadtrum SC8830 mobile chipset with CPU cores clocked at 1.5GHz. Armed with 1GB of RAM, the phone offers a paltry 8GB of internal storage along with a memory card slot to expand it further using a microSD card.
Samsung has loaded a 5-megapixel snapper with f/2.2 aperture lens, autofocus, and LED flash. This primary camera can also record an HD video. In the front is a modest 2-megapixel camera for taking selfies. The phone can hold one 4G LTE network enabled SIM card and other connectivity options include a Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.
A microUSB port is located at the bottom. Surprisingly, the phone boots Android 5.1 Lollipop with a flavour of TouchWiz UX on top of it. While Android 7.0 Nougat release is just around the corner, we were hoping for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on this entry level device at least.
The Galaxy J1 Ace Neo weights 131g inclusive of the measly 1,900mAh battery but with an Ultra Power Saving mode and the phone is 9.5mm thick. Samsung will sell this phone in Black, Blue, and White colour options.