Samsung Unveils Four New Budget Android Smartphones
Samsung has just unveiled a quartet of new Android-based smartphones specifically designed for the budget crowd – the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Ace 4, and Galaxy Young 2.
The Galaxy Core II, which is the best model of the four, features a 4.5-inch WVGA TFT screen in front and the same leather-like plastic back cover of recent Samsung smartphones. It also features a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera. The rear camera is capable of recording 480p 30fps video. On the inside, it features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a somewhat questionable 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage with support for up to 64GB of expandable storage via microSD. Lastly, it’s powered by a 2,000mAh battery, supports WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, and comes in either white or black.
The Galaxy Ace 4, which is the next iteration of Samsung’s Ace line of affordable smartphones, comes in two variants – LTE and 3G. The LTE variant features, other than LTE support, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 1,800mAh. On the other hand, the 3G variant features a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 1,500mAh battery. Both variants feature a 4-inch WVGA TFT screen, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera, 4GB of internal storage (expandable up to an extra 64GB via microSD), Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi b/g/n (with WiFi Direct support). The Galaxy Ace 4 comes in either Iris Charcoal or Classic White.
The Galaxy Star 2 and Galaxy Young 2 are the most basic of the four new devices. Both smartphones feature a 3.5-inch HGVA TFT screen, a 1.0GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable up to an extra 32GB via microSD), a 1,300mAh battery, a 3-megapixel fixed-focus rear camera, WiFi b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. Both are also available in White and Iris Charcoal.
All of the these new smartphones run Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with Samsung’s TouchWiz Essence interface. The new devices are targeted at budget smartphone buyers as well as emerging markets. Samsung did not reveal release dates or price tags for any of the new smartphones.