Word has been going around for a while that Samsung was planning to release an “entry-level” smartphone that is cheaper and more accessible to consumers. Though there has been a lot of speculation about what it might contain, we are only now starting to see real details leaking about the device.

According to reports, the device has been given the tentative code name Galaxy J-1. It is unlikely that this title will make it past the launching phase, but it does give us a clear indication that they are keeping the budget phone within the Galaxy family. This goes against early whispers that it might be the start of its very own line of products.

A series of photos were released today on several blogs, featuring the Samsung watermark. It shows a rounded device of average size, with a primary home screen button, a tab screen button, and a back button. Most of the front is dedicated to the display, which is believed to be around 4.3”.

Tech Specs

Feature wise, the specifications are what you would expect for a lower end device, and yet a little better than the average for that market. It will have a 480 x 800 resolution screen, which is good enough for basic media viewing.

Under the hood you have a rather impressive 1.2 Ghz quad-core Marvell PXA1908 64-bit processing chip, and 1GB RAM. Well below the standard for most Samsung models, but enough to give it decent speed and function for users that don’t require the bells and whistles of more expensive smartphones.

There is only 4GB of on-board storage, as expected. But they at least offered a microSD slot for expansion, without any news about how far that expansion allows. My personal bet would be no higher than 64GB, if that.

It comes with the usual dual cameras, with a standard 2MP in the front, and a rather low 5MP for the back. This was the only real disappointment, as a higher quality camera would have been a great selling point for this kind of lower performance device. Given that this was clearly created for young users, such as teenagers who want a smartphone but can’t afford the high bill (or their parents won’t pay it), you would think Samsung would be eager to push the selfie and video angle a bit more.

Coming Almost Immediately

Based on the leaked images, there is an unveiling date of January 14, so tomorrow. By then we should have more details, but it is always fun to look at the preliminary information first. How much of it is real, and how much did Samsung leak themselves to throw people off? There is every possibility that all of the above specs are actually lower than the reality, even if just a little.

Whatever the case, this is an exciting move on the part of Samsung. They have been slow to get onto the current trend of widening their market appeal, and this will be great news for those who want a Galaxy without the high price tag.