Samsung have announced 4 new members of the Galaxy range of smartphones. They’re all aimed at the mid to low end of the market.
The models are the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Ace 4 and the Galaxy Young 2 (we’re not sure why the Core uses Roman numerals whilst others use Arabic).
All the devices run Android KitKat 4.4 with the “TouchWiz Essence” skin on top. This is a simplified version of the full TouchWiz user interface that Samsung put onto their flagship phones. This is a great step and shows that manufacturers are taking advantage of the lower spec requirements for KitKat.
Galaxy Core II:
The Galaxy Core II has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, of unknown manufacturer, although it is likely to be a Exynos model, and is backed up by 768MB of RAM. The phone has a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera and 4GB of expandable storage. The 2,000 mAh battery will power the 4.5″ WVGA display. The Core II has 3G, but not 4G although it does come with dual-SIM compatibility. The phone has a leather style back cover similar to the Note 3 and will be available in black and white.
Galaxy Young 2:
The Galaxy Young 2 is a low end device with a single core 1.0GHz processor (do they still make those?!) with a 3.5″ HVGA display, 512MB RAM, a 3MP camera and a 1300mAh battery. Again the Young 2 has dual-SIM, Wi-Fi N, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and an FM radio. It will also be available in white and charcoal ie black.
Galaxy Star 2:
If you thought the Young 2 was low spec then the Star 2 is even lower, dropping the 3G connectivity and reducing the camera to a 2MP snapper.
Galaxy Ace 4:
The Ace 4 will come in 3G and 4G variations with the 4G variant running a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor compared to the 1.0 GHz dual-core in the 3G model. The 4G version will also support maximum video playback of 1080p@30fps whilst the 3G maxes at 720p@30fps. Other key differences are double the RAM, 1GB, and a slightly larger capacity battery 1800mAh rather than 1500mAh for the LTE version. The screen is a 4.0″ WVGA TFT panel and the phone has a 5MP rear facing camera with LED flash and a VGA front facing option as well.
No word on pricing or availability at the moment, but as there are dual-SIM models I wouldn’t be too surprised if we didn’t see these in the UK, although I think we will see the Ace 4.
Further details below..
SAMSUNG EXPANDS GALAXY LINE WITH GALAXY TREND 2, GALAXY CORE 2 AND GALAXY YOUNG 2
New devices to offer intuitive smartphone experience at an affordable price
London, UK – July 1, 2014 – Samsung Electronics today introduced three new additions to its popular Galaxy line in the UK with the Galaxy Trend 2, Galaxy Core 2 and Galaxy Young 2. Offering powerful performance, intelligent features and refined designs, the new models deliver an exceptional smartphone experience at an affordable price.
Galaxy Trend 2
The Galaxy Trend 2* sports a premium design in a compact form giving you both comfort and portability. Combining a premium design with a compact and portable form, the Galaxy Trend 2 offers world-class technology housed in a sleek and stylish exterior.
The Galaxy Trend 2 is powered by a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor with enhanced computing power for seamless performance and multitasking as well as a 1500mAh battery. Featuring the Android 4.4 operating system, you can enjoy the latest Android OS with new features such as wireless printing, quick office, and smart storage access. The Galaxy Trend 2 comes equipped with Samsung’s simplified TouchWiz Essence interface and enhanced camera UI, for a seamless and user friendly mobile experience.
*Please note, the Galaxy Trend 2 is called the Galaxy Ace 4 outside of Europe
Galaxy Young 2
Compact yet fully equipped with a range of unique features, the Galaxy Young 2 is ideal for anyone looking for world-class technology, a range of useful features and a premium design. Seamlessly powered by a 1.0 GHz single-core processor, this sleek device features a long-lasting 1300mAh battery, 3MP camera and an impressive 3.5-inch HVGA display, which provides a touch screen experience that is incredibly easy to use and navigate. The Galaxy Young 2 also offers Samsung’s user-friendly TouchWiz Essence interface, the latest Android 4.4 software and eight brand new Gameloft games for an all-around enhanced and enjoyable user experience.
Galaxy Core 2
The Galaxy Core 2 is the perfect device for anyone who wants a smartphone with the ultimate mix of style, portability and power. It sports a refined leather-like back cover design and comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor to perform data intensive tasks with speed and ease. Activities are enhanced by a beautiful 4.5-inch display and long-lasting 2,000mAh battery for extended usage. The device also offers a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Samsung’s simplified TouchWiz Essence interface, and the latest Android 4.4 operating system. These features are supported with the Galaxy Core 2’s Dual SIM technology, meaning you can more easily maintain your work-life balance.
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