Samsung might still technically be the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer, but it’s looking increasingly like the South Koreans don’t have a clue what they’re doing at the moment.
Take the Samsung Galaxy J1, for example. Amazon India consumers have protested en masse that the entry-level Galaxy J1 is overpriced nonsense.
Samsung Galaxy J1 specs include a 4.3in display (480 x 800), dual-core Spreadtrum processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB expandable storage, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera, and 1,850mAh battery.
We’re not doubting that there’s a market for such a phone, particularly in an emerging market like India, but Samsung appears to have gotten the Galaxy J1 price all wrong at 7,190 INR (roughly £75).
“It's 2015 Samsung, not 2012,” writes an esteemed Amazon India reviewer. “A high profile OEM like Samsung should at least provide 1GB Ram when selling devices for this Price range. They don't do this coz they think ppl will buy a phone looking at the brand not the specs. Not anymore.”
Slightly less eloquent, but no less logical, a fellow reviewer cries: “Worst phone ever !!!! 512 mb ram???? are you kidding me?? this is 2015, with phones like Redmi 1s have delivered 1 gb for just 6999 way back in 2014!!!!!! Grow up Samsung!!!!!”
And my personal favourite: “is samsung serious about selling mobiles, or looking to close down their mobile division....???”
It's worth noting, too, that Android One phones come in at £65 in India with 1GB of RAM, quad-core MediaTek processors, and guaranteed software updates for two years.