While Samsung’s high-end smartphones have obviously played a key part in the company’s recent booming success in the Android décor, there’s no doubt in our minds that the low-enders and mid-tier devices have also contributed to the unprecedented sales and profit boosts.
To put it simply, it was a team effort that brought Sammy the Android crown, an effort sustained by the GNote 2 and GS3 as well as the Galaxy Y or Ace. It’s only natural therefore to expect Samsung to continue pushing in the budget niche just as hard as it does in the high-end sector.
And man, are the Koreans pushing! The rugged Galaxy Xcover 2 made its debut late last week, the Galaxy Pop saw daylight just yesterday, while literally moments ago we witnessed the Galaxy Express launch. But wait, there’s more.
Much more actually, if we are to trust SamMobile (and why wouldn’t we?). The website’s sources tell us that Sammy is in fact prepping 8 (eight!!!) other Android devices for Q1 2013 debuts. And that’s not counting the GS4 pack leader we expect to see any day now.
The first side of this Samsung octagon is occupied by the GT-B9150 we’ve heard about way back in October 2012. This fellow doesn’t have a market name yet, but the rumored spec sheet includes goodies like a 1,280 x 672 pix res display, a dual-core Exynos 5250 CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There could also be a slide-out QWERTY keyboard there, but that’s only based on the model number.
The GT-I8262, aka Galaxy Core, is the second Samsung mid-ranger expected by the end of March. Introduced already in China as the Galaxy Duos, this guy sports a 4.3-inch 480 x 800 display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, 768 MB of RAM and a 5 MP camera.
The number three and four on today’s list might have branding in common, being supposedly named the Galaxy Fonblet 5.8 and Fonblet 6.3. Though we’ve heard word about the first one before, we still don’t have many details, besides the obvious screen size and the model numbers – GT-I9150 and GT-I9152.
Meanwhile, the 6.3-incher is even more mysterious, although, judging by the existence of a sole model number (GT-I9205), we can guess it’ll only come in a single-SIM version.
Moving on lower on Samsung’s “food chain”, we have four more phones with very few details attached to their names. These are the Galaxy Star (aka GT-S5282), Galaxy Pocket 2 (GT-S5310 or GT-S5312), Galaxy Young (GT-S6310 and GT-S6312) and Galaxy Frame (GT-S6810 and GT-S6810P).
Based only on their rumored market names or model numbers, we can assume the Star will be a rehash of the 2012 Star 3 Duos (aka S5222), while the Pocket 2 and Young will follow on the footsteps of the Galaxy Pocket (S5300) and Galaxy Y (S5360). Finally, the Frame, which has been rumored before, shouldn’t have any obvious ties with past Sammy products, though the specs could be similar to Ace and Mini’s.
Phew, now that was exhausting! And all those phones aren't even official yet. Which begs the question – is Samsung going too far? Is the Galaxy big enough for so many slightly different devices? What do you guys think?