Samsung have announced four new affordable smartphones dubbed the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star II, Galacy Ace IV and Galaxy Young II.
The new smartphones will run Android KitKat 4.4 out-of-the-box with the Samsung TouchWiz Essence interface. All but the Galaxy Ace 4 will support dual-SIM, with the former being available in 3G or LTE variants.
The Samsung Galaxy Core II will be the most powerful out of the four, rocking a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 4.5inch WVGA TFT display. It also packs a fine 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash coupled with a VGA front-facing camera. The Core II will also have 768MB of RAM with 4GB internal memory and support for 64GB microSD cards. It’ll be powered by a 2000mAh battery and will be available in either black or white.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 is another edition to one of Samsung’s leading budget smartphones in the UK. It will come in 3G and LTE variants and feature a 4inch WVGA TFT display, 5-megapixel camera along with a front-facing camera too. The LTE variant will pack 1GB RAM and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor pushed by 1 1800mAh battery. The 3G variant will feature 512MB of RAM with a 1GHz dual-core processor and a marginally smaller 1500mAh battery. Both options will be available in charcoal or white colours.
The Galaxy Young II will have a 3.5inch HVGA TFT display, a 1GHz single-core processor and 512MB of RAM. It will also feature a smaller 3-megapixel rear camera with fixed focus, a 1300mAh battery and 4GB internal storage with the option of expanding to 32GB.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Star II will come with a 3.5inch HVGA display and a single-core Spreadtrum SC6815A processor clocked at 1GHz. Again, this lower-end model will have 512MB of RAM and a 2-megapixel fixed focus rear camera, 4GB internal storage and the option of expanding. We expect this model to be the cheapest of the four, and only available in the East.
It’s weirdly refreshing to see very basic and entry-level devices supporting some of the latest software. Android KitKat 4.4 will come pre-installed on all four devices and it will be interesting to see how the hardware copes. For example, the incredibly basic specs of the Galaxy Star II will keep retail prices at rock bottom – but the support for the latest version of Android will make the device rich in features and packed with little to desire.