Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace: Specifications Review

October 22, 2015

The Galaxy J1 Ace is the latest Samsung budget smartphone and is designed to appeal to the average Kenyan budget smartphone consumer.

The Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace is a basically an upgrade of the Galaxy J1 4G and is part of Samsung’s strategy to tighten its grip on the budget smartphone segment.

If you are all about its price, the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace has a suggested retail price of Ksh. 11,999. However, if you interested in making an informed purchasing decision, here is what the Galaxy J1 Ace has to offer.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace Technical Specifications



Display Size: 4.3 inches

Display Type: Super AMOLED Capacitive

Screen Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels

Screen Resolution Density: 217 ppi

Screen Protection: None

The display profile of the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace is one of the important aspects that gives the Galaxy J1 Ace an edge over the Galaxy J1.

Whereas the Galaxy J1 features a TFT LCD display, the Galaxy J1 features an impressive Super Amoled display. The merits of a Super Amoled are well documented and it’s no brainer why Samsung decided to make the feature the highlight of the Galaxy J1 Ace.

Virtues and Vices: LCD vs. Amoled


Dimensions: 130.1 x 67.6 x 9.5 mm

Weight: 131 g

Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace Kenya

The Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace features the generic Samsung budget smartphone design and is appealing to the eye despite its super affordable price tag.

The Smartphone is in comparison to the Galaxy J1, slightly bigger and heavier.


Operating System: Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)

CPU: 1.2 Quad-core GHz

RAM: 768 MB

Internal Memory: 4 GB

Micro SD: Yes, up to up to 128 GB

You get a 1.2 Quad-core GHz CPU and some 768 MB. This is a fantastic blend, but it would have been awesome Samsung had upped the RAM to at least 1 GB.

The choice of Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat) for Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace is rather of a disappointment. The Samsung Galaxy J1 launched in September 2015 and it is in order that it ran at least Android 5.0.

Other than that, you get 4GB for your files and a Micro SD slot that can handle up to 128 GB of memory.



Rear Camera: 5 MP

Secondary Camera: 2 MP

LED Flash: Yes

You get a 5 MP snapper for general photography and a 2MP camera for your selfies.

Battery and Extras

Battery Capacity: Li-Ion 1900 mAh

You get a Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery with the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace, a slight improvement from the Li-Ion 1850 mAh battery you find on its predecessor.


Dual SIM

4G Connectivity


Why you should buy the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace

Super Amoled Display

4G Connectivity

Affordable Price Tag

Cons of the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace

Runs an outdated operating system

Rivals of the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace

Rivals of the Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace include the Infinix Hot 2 (Ksh.8, 599) and Microsoft Lumia 430 (Ksh.8, 999)

Price in Kenya

The Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace has a suggested retail price of Ksh. 11,999.

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