If you think the local Samsung Galaxy family is already huge, think again. Samsung Electronics Philippines has just added four handsets to its Galaxy lineup—and is said to be offering more in the next few weeks (the Zoom most probably, as one company representative hinted), but we digress.
The Samsung Galaxy Fame, Young, Pocket Neo, and Star are part of its new Galaxy of Fun range, aka the line that will battle it out with other brands’ budget phones. Consider the handsets’ price tags: P7,490, P5,490, P4,990, and P3,990, respectively.
The four all have the same plastic build that people already associate with Samsung; they run Android Jelly Bean; and they have displays no bigger than 3.5 inches.
On paper, the Galaxy Fame, Young, Pocket Neo, and Star can’t compete with similarly priced budget smartphones. Many local brands, for example, offer quad-core devices at the same cost.
Obviously, the main thing that’s going for them is the name Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810 (Price: P7,490)
With a sub-P8,000 price point and all the bells and whistles of a mid-range smartphone from years back, Samsung's Galaxy Fame will appeal to budget-minded consumers who are after a more comprehensive Android experience, video chat and all.
It comes with a 3.5-inch touch display, a 1GHz single-core processor, 4GB of built-in storage that’s expandable with a microSD card, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and a VGA option up front. It also has pair of capacitive navigation keys that light up when pressed.
Samsung Galaxy Young S6310 (P5,490)
The Galaxy Young got much-needed updates to freshen up its spec sheet. This entry-level offering now packs a 3.27-inch display, 1GHz of single-core power, and Google's current mobile platform, Android Jelly Bean.
We're a bit disappointed by the Young's lack of a front camera, especially since locally branded smartphones with front-facers are quite common, but at least there's a camera round the back to snap 2-megapixel photos.
Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo S5312 (Price: P4,990) and Samsung Galaxy Star S5282 (P3,990)
The Korean giant's Galaxy Pocket Neo and Star are a pair of dual-SIM devices that look alike but don’t exactly walk alike.
They have 3-inch touchscreens with 240 x 320 resolutions, 2-megapixel cameras, 4GB of internal storage with an option to put 32GB more space, and 1200mAh batteries.
But while the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo may be slightly less powerful than its look-alike (its processor has an 850MHz, not the Star’s 1GHz, clock speed), it has 3G capabilities.
We believe the Samsung Galaxy Star is designed to go head to head with the not-quite-smartphone Nokia Asha 501, a dual-SIM handset with a P4,490 price tag.