Samsung announced Monday that it would be rolling out four new Samsung Galaxy variations aimed at the budget market. The four low-cost Galaxy smartphones, known currently as the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Star 2, and Galaxy Young 2, feature a variety of tech specs and will sport Android 4.4. But make no mistake, these phones definitely aren’t trying to compete with the latest iPhone.
Meet the New Low-Cost Galaxy Smartphones
The most advanced of the new handsets is the Galaxy Core II, which features a 4.5-inch display, quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor, 4 GB of expandable storage space, 5 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, according to Gigaom. The device is a far cry from the 5.1-inch display, 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and 16 megapixel camera that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is packing, but of this newest crop of smartphones, this one is the most likely to give users a high-end feel without the high cost.
The Galaxy Ace 4, which will come in LTE and 3G varieties, is a step down from the Core II. These two models will feature 1.2 and 1.0 GHz processors, respectively. The Ace 4 has a smaller display than the Core II, coming in at just 4 inches, but still keeps the 5 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera of its big brother.
Rounding out the low-cost Galaxy smartphones are the Galaxy Star 2 and Galaxy Young 2, which both feature smaller 3.5-inch displays and 1.0 GHz processors, and do not have 4G or 3G compatibility (which means users will probably need Wi-Fi for downloading apps or browsing the Internet). Neither of these models have a front-facing camera, and the rear facing cameras sport very modest 3 and 2 megapixel sensors, respectively.
Unfortunately, Samsung has yet to offer any concrete price points or release dates for these just-announced phones, but it seems clear based on the low-tech specs that the new releases are designed to attract those who want a smartphone but aren’t looking to shell out a lot of cash. Could Samsung’s line of low-cost Galaxy Smartphones become a dominating force in the budget/entry-level phone market? Would you consider buying one of these phones for yourself—or perhaps a younger family member?
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