What if I told you that Samsung had launched yet another phone today?
Samsung has just sent round a press release announcing the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo, joining the Samsung Galaxy Win and the Galaxy Mega (in 5.8 and 6.3 inch variants) in a list of phones announced by the company in the past couple of days – more on those two phones coming up shortly.
Aside from a name evoking memories of bullet time and different coloured pills, the Neo brings very little to the table – a 3 inch QVGA (320×240) screen, running Android 4.1 with an 850Mhz processor (presumably dual core as the device runs Jelly Bean, but again that hasn’t been disclosed as of yet) and a 2 megapixel snapper stuck on the rear.
These are hardly specs to set the world alight, but what it does add is yet another screen size to the Samsung arsenal. As a firm believer of ‘less is more’, I don’t think that saturating the market with models with funny-sounding names is really the best strategy Samsung can offer – despite its obvious profitability. Samsung aren’t exactly brilliant and pushing Android updates out, and adding yet more devices into their portfolio can only mean either that the wait for an upgrade becomes longer – or that some low end devices like this are simply ignored. For a phone targeted to the ‘youth market’, this may not be a necessity for their audience – what do you think?
11 April 2013, London, UK: Samsung Mobile UK today announced the introduction of the Galaxy Pocket Neo. Packed with powerful performance and intelligent features, the new device is perfect for the younger generation of mobile users.
· Stylish and Compact Form Factor: The device features a compact, curved form factor so it easily fits in your pocket or small bag and feels natural to operate using one hand
· Superior Performance: The Galaxy Pocket Neo is powered by a 850 MHz processor, for powerful performance, smooth UI transitions and fast internet, which makes watching videos, navigating apps, playing games, surfing the web and multitasking quick and easy. It also features 4GB of internal storage with up to 32GB of expandable memory to store all your favourite apps, music, videos, photos and more
· Rich, Interactive User Experience: Combining the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) experience with the user-friendly Touchwiz interface, makes it easy to navigate the Galaxy Pocket Neo, switch between apps, take and share photos and customise the home screen with just a few taps. The advanced software also facilitates more efficient CPU use for improved battery life, meaning you can enjoy longer talk time and multimedia use. Built-in widgets offer one-click shortcuts to weather and other recently-used applications for quick and easy access to real-time notifications. Enhanced with intuitive motion UI, means the Galaxy Pocket Neo can detect simple movements to intelligently complete common tasks. When unavailable to accept a call, you can simply flip over the device to mute the ringer. Plus you can also scan the Bluetooth connected devices or wireless access points by simply shaking them.
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo will be available from mid May in the UK from the Samsung Experience Store at Westfield Stratford City and all other major operators.
Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Product Specifications:
|Network||HSUPA 5.76 900/2100 MHzEDGE/GPRS: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|Processor||850 MHz Application Processor|
|Display||3 inch QVGA TFT LCD|
|OS||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|Camera||2 Mega pixel rear-facing camera|
|Video||Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263Playback: WVGA@30fps|
|Audio||Codec: MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MID, FLACFM Radio with RDS|
|Services & Additional Features||Samsung TouchWiz|
|Samsung ChatON mobile communication service|
|Intelligent Motion UI- Shake to update, Turn over to mute|
|Quick Memo in Call, Smart Volume|
|FM Radio Recording|
|Google Mobile Services: Google Search, Google Maps (Turn-by-turn Navigation),Gmail, Google Play, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk|
|WiFi b/g/nBluetooth® 4.0|
|GPS||Accelerometer, Digital Compass|
|Sensor||4GB Internal memory + 512MB RAMmicroSD slot (up to 32GB)|
|Memory||105 x 57.8 x 11.8 mm, 100.5 g|
|Dimension, Weight||1,200 mAh|