Samsung updates “affordable” Galaxy range

Samsung updates “affordable” Galaxy range

01 JUL 2014

Samsung added four new devices to its mass-market line, which it said offers “an exceptional smartphone experience at an affordable price”.

The quartet are all successors to earlier value products from the vendor – Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy Ace 4. All devices run Android 4.4 (KitKat) with a simplified version of Samsung’s own customisation, called TouchWiz Essence.

Galaxy Core II (pictured) targets “users who want the optimal mix of style, portability and power”. It has the largest screen of the new devices (4.5-inch), is powered by a 1.2GHz quadcore processor, 5MP camera, and will include dual-SIM support.

Galaxy Star 2 is said to offer “a stylish and portable design that is small enough to use with one hand” – it has a decidedly old-school 3.5-inch HVGA display. It has an entry level feature set, including 2G-only connectivity, 1GHz single core processor, 2MP camera, and omits GPS. It will also come in dual-SIM form.

Galaxy Young 2 is “an ideal smartphone for the user who focuses on essential features and usability”. Also powered by a 1GHz single core processor, this device include 3G connectivity, 3MP camera, and GPS support.

Galaxy Ace 4 is described as having a “premium design in a compact form factor”, with a 4-inch display and 5MP camera. It will come in two versions: LTE, with 1.2GHz dual core processor, and 3G, with 1.0GHz dual core chip.

This device is also being referred to as Galaxy Trend 2 in European markets.

Availability and pricing have not been confirmed.

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