During last week’s 2014 Google I/O, Sundar Pichai introduced the Android ONE program for emerging markets. The hardware standard will serve as a development unit for major Indian providers. It will usher Google’s main goal of providing internet services to poorer countries. But Google is not the only company which strives at delivering the first smartphone for millions of people. Samsung’s lineup is already impressive through its array of smartphones covering all price ranges. The lower-end of the price spectrum will be enriched soon by the addition of four smartphones.
New Samsung budget smartphones
Android 4.4 Kitkat will be the OS for all the four Samsung budget smartphones. Kitkat has been designed by Google with lower-end hardware in mind, thus Samsung’s move is logical. It is surprising, though, and quite possibly a novelty, to witness in the same time a company’s flagship device and its lower-tier counterparts running the same Android version. The Samsung budget smartphones UI will not rise to S5 standards, though, even if Samsung is very fond of its TouchWiz Essence. Samsung’s interface will be featured on all these four devices. As always, number say just a part of the story. Let’s check out the main features of the new four Samsung budget smartphones.
Galaxy Core II
This is the most performant device of all four, with a 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor, a 4.5 inch display and a 5 MP camera with LED flash. Moreover, it has Dual Sim capability. The 768 MB of Ram and 4 Gb of internal memory round up its main characteristics.
Galaxy Ace 4
The Ace 4 sports a 4 inch display. It will come in two options, 3G and LTE. The 3G unit’s processing unit is only clocked at 1 Ghz, even if it is a dual core powered by a 1500 mAh battery. The LTE version features slightly better specs, with a 1.2 Ghz dual processor and a 1800 mAh. The Ram size will be 1 Gb for both models.
Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy Star 2
Both models come with identical specs with one exception. Young 2 features a 5 MP camera and Star 2 only a 2 MP one. The processing unit is an A7 1 Ghz single core, the Ram size is no more than 512 MB and the display is a 3.5 TFT.
Samsung did not provide any pricing list and it is not clear yet if the Samsung budget smartphones will reach the US market.