While Samsung has always been about the quantity as much as the quality of mobile devices, offering numerous choices for every particular market niche and even creating some new ones, it lately seems as though there’s not much thought put into “upgrades” anymore.
The recently unveiled Galaxy S2 Plus was a great example of a rehash that was not worthy of the “Plus” name, only bumping the software of the original GS2, and now we have another device that confirms Sammy’s laziness and/or lack of new ideas.
The Galaxy Pocket Plus looks exactly the same as the original G Pocket released back in April 2012 and, as far as we know, is set to come with identical hardware and a slight software upgrade. Is that enough to warrant the release of a “new” device? We’d probably say no, but we’ll let you be the judges of that.
Now, it is true that the Pocket Plus has not been confirmed by official sources, so it might not be real after all, but SamMobile, the website that’s got the scoop on it, has almost always been spot-on with its Samsung-related rumors.
According to SamMobile, the phone is to come with an 800 MHz single-core processor, a 2.8-inch 240 x 320 pix res touchscreen, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage, a 2 MP rear-facing snapper, a 1,200 mAh battery, Android 4.0.4 with TouchWiz, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, an FM radio, USB 2.0, accelerometer support and a digital compass.
Taking the features one by one, that’s most likely the same CPU as inside the original Galaxy Pocket, definitely the exact same awful camera and display, as well as an identical battery, duplicate connectivity options across the board, and the same sorry-ass internal memory.
The only upgrade is the software, bumped from good ol’ Gingerbread to the newer Ice Cream Sandwich, but again, wouldn’t it have been easier to just push the new Android 4.0 pack to the 2012 Pocket? Not to mention that, if Sammy decides to not issue the update for the original low-ender to increase the appeal of the rehash, we might see some very unhappy Galaxy Pocket adopters.
In any case, we should probably wait for an official announcement before casting the first stones in Samsung’s direction. Who knows, maybe there will be some kind of hardware tweaks after all. Or maybe a price cut of sorts. Or at least a design makeover.
Like this post? Share it!
A software upgrade is just a way of trying to fool less tech-savvy users into thinking that their phone can’t handle the updated OS. Of course, most of those people probably don’t even know they can update the OS, so this would only attract new buyers, and I see no reason for them to buy this instead of the old one. So I’m not at all grumpy that the S2 “plus” was annonced about a month after I got my S2, in fact, the S2 seems to be the better choice.
Regarding the Galaxy Pocket, no one should consider buying, I mean it, no one. Sure, some people just want to make calls, text message and eventually browse facebook, and for them, price might be top priority. But those specs are about the same as my old Spica, and that thing could barely handle Android 2.2 without a massive amount of tweaks, which definitely isn’t likely to be applied by the average Joe. So even basic calls could be a pain.
well if galaxy pocket owner can trade their phone with this “plus” version, that would be nice