Samsung has diversified its product portfolio even further by launching four new smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat that are geared toward budget consumers.
The new additions to the Galaxy lineup includes the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Young 2 and the Galaxy Star 2. All smartphones feature Samsung's TouchWiz Essence skin, which is essentially a lightweight version of the standard TouchWiz user interface.
The Galaxy Core II, as the name indicates, is the second-generation handset in the Galaxy Core line, and comes with a 4.5-inch screen (resolution hasn't been mentioned, but it is likely a WVGA display), 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 768 MB RAM and 4 GB internal memory (microSD slot up to 64 GB). The dual-SIM toting handset also comes with a 5 MP camera at the back, a 2,000 mAh battery and will be offered in white and black color variants.
Oddly enough, Samsung seems to have trimmed down the hardware on the Galaxy Core II from the original model, as the first-gen Galaxy Core featured 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and the same 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU. Samsung hasn't provided any details for the move, but it is likely that this device will be targeted at an even lower price point.
Galaxy Core II
While the Galaxy Core II is a 3G-only handset, the Galaxy Ace 4 will be offered in both 3G and LTE versions. The 3G model has a dual-core 1 GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM and a 1,500 mAh battery, while the 4G variant features a 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM and an 1,800 mAh battery. The rest of the hardware is the same, which includes a 4-inch WVGA screen, 4 GB internal memory along with a microSD slot that can accommodate 64 GB of storage, 5 MP camera and a VGA front shooter.
Galaxy Ace 4
For those looking for smaller form factor devices, the Galaxy Young 2 and the Galaxy Star 2 offer a 3.5-inch display, single-core 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB storage, microSD card slot, 3 MP camera (2 MP on the Galaxy Star 2) and a 1,300 mAh battery.
Galaxy Young 2
Galaxy Star 2
Samsung hasn't announced pricing or availability details for these handsets, but considering the hardware, these models will likely be offered in emerging markets. It is strange that Samsung hasn't decided to roll out an affordable handset with better hardware specs, seeing as how devices like the Moto E and Moto G are getting a lot of consumer attention in emerging markets.
What do you think of Samsung's new products? If you're looking for a budget handset, would you be interested in any of these handsets?
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
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