Samsung enriches entry-level smartphone line-up with Galaxy Pocket Duos dual-SIM smartphone

September 3, 2012
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With all this Galaxy Note 2 hoopla going on right now, which has followed the huge Galaxy S3 buzz from a couple of months back, one might think that Samsung is only taking care of its more extravagant customers.

But are really more modest tech users on tighter budgets neglected by Android’s ruling king? Au contraire, guys, because Samsung’s options for the low-end and mid-range smartphone niches are growing stronger by the day.

The latest entry-level, but rather chic offering from Sammy is called the Galaxy Pocket Duos and, you guessed it, comes with dual-SIM functions. This is not exactly a newcomer, though, but a tweaked version of the Galaxy Pocket we saw unveiled in the UK just a month back.

The differences between this little guy and the one from back August? Insignificant, as far as we can tell. In fact, we’re ready to bet both phones are running on the exact same software and are powered by the exact same hardware, with the only notable distinction being the dual-SIM function.

The only official reference about the Galaxy Pocket Duos comes via Samsung’s Czech website, so we don’t yet know if the new handheld will come with standby or active dual-SIM. Still, based on Sammy’s track record with such phones, we’re guessing it will be standby.

To say that there isn’t much to look for at the Pocket Duos in the hardware and software department would be an understatement. The 832 MHz single-core CPU barely even makes this a smartphone, while the 2.8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen is not only tiny, but also very modest resolution-wise (only 240 x 320 pixels).

The list of very modest features and specs continues with 2 GB of internal memory, a 2 MP rear-facing shooter, a 1,200 mAh battery, and the running of Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz UI on top. The microSD support and the featuring of all the connectivity options you might need, including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G and Bluetooth 3.0, certainly do sweeten the deal a bit though. As do the phone’s rather slim profile and portability (97 grams weight and 12 mm thickness).

All in all, it’s pretty obvious that this new Pocket Duos handheld will not be targeting old-time Android users, but rather smartphone novices, kids or people who just want to enjoy basic dual-SIM functionality without giving an arm and a leg. Now we don’t know just yet how Samsung will be pricing this little fellow or when and where it’ll be made available, but we should hear something very soon, so keep in touch. If you want a ballpark figure, we’re guessing it won’t cost more than €100-120 in Europe, where it should start selling in a month tops.

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