It is a tough world for smartphone makers as more and more competitors join the race to steal away customers. On the bright side, consumers are left with a wide range of choice while shopping for a smartphone regardless of the budget.
In a similar face-off between the smartphone giants, Samsung is aiming to reclaim its dominance in the entry-level market with all-new Galaxy J1 smartphone. But little is known about the tech giant's success in India against rivals like Xiaomi, Lenovo, Micromax and others.
Samsung has slowly been losing its grip in the smartphone industry. The high-end market is widely dominated by Apple's successful iPhones, while the entry-level market is stormed by several OEMs from China as well as India. Samsung is in a tough spot but not willing to give up so easily. The company just launched its latest Galaxy J1 smartphone, first in the new J series. In this article, we compare the new entry with renowned Lenovo A6000.
Samsung Galaxy J1 sports a 4.3-inch WVGA PLS display with 480x800 pixel resolution. For the price, it would be better to see a qHD display, but the VGA screen puts off the device on the resolution front compared to its rivals. Lenovo, on the other hand, packs a 5-inch HD display with 1280x720 pixel resolution and claims a higher rank than Galaxy J1.
Samsung Galaxy J1 sports a 5mp rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2mp front-facing snapper. Samsung's new handset boasts new "Palm Selfie" feature that automatically detects the movement of the hand to easily take a picture using hand gesture. Comparatively, A6000 sports an 8mp rear facing camera with LED flash and a 2mp snapper in the front.
Samsung has chosen the 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 processor to power its Galaxy J1 while the Lenovo handset makes good with 64-bit class 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset. Once again, Lenovo A6000 manages to stay top of its game.
Under the hood
Backing up the processor in the Galaxy J1 is a 512MB RAM, 4GB in-built storage with expandable up to 128GB, dual micro SIM slots and a 1,850mAh battery. The handset also features Samsung's Ultra Power Saving Mode to extend the device's battery life.
In comparison, Lenovo has a 1GB RAM, Adreno 306 for graphics, 8GB on-board storage expandable up to 32GB, dual-SIM and a 2,300mAh battery.
Samsung's Galaxy J1 is priced at an affordable range compared to its own smartphone lineup. The handset is available exclusively via Amazon India for ₹7,190. Buyers can choose from Black or White colour options.
As for Lenovo A6000, the handset has been selling like hot cupcakes on Flipkart for ₹6,999.
Samsung is trying to crush the competition with bundle offers instead of features. The Galaxy J1 comes with bundle offers worth ₹2,000. In partnership with Reliance Communications and Aircel, the handset will come with free 2G/3G data worth ₹600 and additional content package on Starsports.com worth ₹1,400. The latter offer may attract the cricket fans in India, as the ICC World Cup commences on 14 February.
Lenovo does not make any offers or discounts while the A6000 stands completely based on its features and specifications.