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Report: Samsung prepping Galaxy Grand On and Mega On

New information has been leaked about Samsung's new Galaxy O series. The Galaxy Grand On and Galaxy Mega On will be quite similar to the Galaxy J5 and J7.
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August 26, 2015
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A short while ago, rumors began to spread about Samsung’s newest member of the alphabet: the mysterious “Galaxy O” series. The latest in letters, this year it has been preceded by the Galaxy A, Galaxy E, and Galaxy J, While nothing specific was spoken, new details have been leaked that offer some more concrete information as to just what Korea’s largest OEM is cooking up.

The Galaxy Grand On will go by the product code SM-G550. It will include a 5-inch HD screen, 1.3GHz Exynos 3475 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front facing camera, and a 2,600mAh battery. The device will ship with Android 5.1, will include microSD support, and will be 142×71.9×8.5mm thick and weigh 140 grams.

The Galaxy Mega On will be released with the product code SM-G600. It will include a 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.2GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 410, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. It will ship with Android 5.1, include microSD support, and be 151.8×77.5×8.2 mm thich and weigh 145 grams.

Samsung Galaxy J7 & J5
How different will the Galaxy On phones look compared with the similar-specced Galaxy J5 and J7 (pictured)?

 

Given that the specs are quite similar to those of the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, it has been suggested the main differential will be related to build or design. As the Galaxy J series makes complete use of plastic, perhaps these will employ metal in some regards like the Galaxy E series, or else will have a wildly different design. There is also currently no indication of the screen type, thus it’s possible these could use LCD panels as opposed to Super AMOLED.

It is also mentioned that the name itself will depend on the area of release, with some receiving the Galaxy O, and others the Galaxy On. This would not be the first time Samsung has done this: the Galaxy K Zoom experienced a similar dual-naming nomenclature depending on if the device was sold in Korea or outside.

Samsung Galaxy J5
Samsung Galaxy J5

Perhaps the real test for these devices, assuming they do eventually materialize, will be just where Samsung plans to place them price-wise. The company has been criticized by some in recent times for charging a premium price for under-specced devices. The problem? Countless Chinese and now Indian OEMs have similar or superior hardware available at a near fraction of the cost. In particular, if Samsung were to price the Galaxy Mega On in upwards of $300, it would immediately be compared with the OnePlus Two, a device that costs only a bit more cash yet is a true flagship.