Upcoming mid-range Samsung phone review
I think we can all agree that a mighty tech king doesn’t only have the obligation of taking care of the aristocracy representatives, but also of “lower class” members. Samsung’s throne in the Android smartphone world is basically undisputable and unchallengeable right now, and that’s not only due to the success of its high-end devices.
We know that Sammy leads when talking about sales of mid-range or entry-level phones too, which is which is why news that the king is looking to strengthen its position in those market niches is great news indeed. The guys at The Verge have been tipped by anonymous “insiders” about no less than five new mid-rangers from Samsung, which we are going to detail below.
Galaxy Admire 4G for MetroPCS
Released in August 2011, the Admire will get a follow-up by the end of 2012 with added LTE support. The original Admire was far from impressive spec-wise, being powered by only a single-core 800 MHz processor and sporting a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen.
Although we don’t know much about this year’s Admire 4G, we have hopes that the new phone will up the ante a bit in terms of features and will fit more in the mid-range sector than the entry-level one. Unfortunately, rumors say that the MetroPCS-bound gadget will run Gingerbread out of the box, which doesn’t sound very promising.
Galaxy Discover for TracFone
TracFone, the fifth largest mobile carrier in the States, has been reported as losing some of its “mojo” lately, which is why it is now looking to launch its first ever branded smartphone. That honor might go to a mysterious Galaxy Discover, said to sport a pretty similar design to the one of the original Galaxy S models, but with three capacitive buttons on the bottom instead of four.
The Discover should hit the market this fall with Android 4.0 ICS on board (hooray!), Bluetooth 3.0, “ample” internal storage, and microSD support for expanding the memory to up to 32 GB. We don’t know anything about the Discover’s future processor, but we can certainly hope for some “oomph” to complement ICS.
Verizon-bound Galaxy Stellar
Formerly known as the Jasper, the Stellar (pretty cool name, eh?) might actually stand out from the crowd, with some not-too-shabby tech specs. Spotted getting FCC approval back in June, this little guy is set to be powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon MSM8960 processor.
Other “known” features include LTE support, ICS running out of the box, a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board memory, microSD support, and a 2,100 mAh battery. Not bad, right?
Galaxy Stratosphere 2 for Verizon
Who ever complained that “Big Red” doesn’t have enough affordable mid-range phones in its portfolio? The Stratosphere 2 will follow on the footsteps of a phone released in October 2011 with a single-core 1 GHz processor under the hood, a 5 MP camera, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.
There’s very little known about the second Stratosphere, but The Verge hints at global GSM roaming capabilities, SAFE approval, S Beam and S Voice. We can obviously hope for 4G LTE speeds, Android 4.0 ICS running and a dual-core proc, but that’s just speculation at this point.
Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for Sprint
Sprint wouldn’t dare have missed this mid-range unveiling bonanza from Samsung, and like Verizon, the nation’s third carrier, it might have something quite special on its hands. The Galaxy Victory could highly resemble the Galaxy S2, both in terms of design and tech specs.
Codenamed SPH-L300, this little guy is rumored to come packing a dual-core S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4G LTE speeds, 4 GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 800 x 480 pix res WVGA display. Exciting? I would certainly think so.
That’s a wrap everyone! This is all the news we have on Sammy’s mid-range plans for the near future. Any thoughts? Which of the bunch looks the more exciting at this point? And which one(s), if any, look like a dud to you?