Does anyone remember the entry-level Galaxy Fame handheld Samsung introduced last month? To be frank, we kind of forgot about it too, what with all the GS4 hoopla currently going on.
To refresh all of our memories, the Fame was to hit Europe by the end of Q1 with nothing more but the bare necessities – a 3.5-inch display with a sub-par 480 x 320 pixels resolution, a single-core 1 GHz CPU, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, a 5 MP camera and a 1,300 mAh battery.
Then again, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is still a rare commodity in the low-end smartphone niche, was said to be buttering up the device upon its release.
Meaning it was all going to come down to pricing. Which is no longer a mystery in two countries on the old continent – Germany and Romania. Tech-savvy folks in the former are asked to cough up €205.55 ($267) for the device via Amazon.de, while Emag, a very popular online retailer in the latter, has it listed at RON 720 ($214).
Excellent price point for Romanians, not so cool for Germans, right? The funny thing is Amazon even has the nerve to claim the Fame has been discounted from €299 (yeah, right) to €205. I guess that’s what you get when the manufacturer “forgets” to announce recommended retail prices.
It’s worth mentioning that the Fame up for grabs in both Romania and Germany is the single-SIM S6810 with no NFC. Meaning the dual-SIM and NFC-enabled models could end up selling for as much as €300.
Expect the Galaxy Fame to hit the ground running in other European countries over the next week or so, including the UK, where Three is rumored to offer it for no upfront payment with two-year contracts. No words yet on a US release and we don’t think we’ll be hearing anything about that very soon. Make that never.