Samsung Star 3 and Star 3 Duos unveiled: smarter feature phones
The Samsung Star 3 comes with a 3-inch capacitive QVGA LCD display, a 3.2-megapixel camera which can record QCIF videos, the TouchWiz Lite user interface and 20MB of internal memory extendible via a microSD card slot accepting cards of up to 16GB. In terms of connectivity, you get EDGE speeds, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. The battery is 1,000mAh. So overall, in terms of hardware features, the Star 3 looks almost identical to the second-gen Samsung Star.
When speaking about the features, the most notable addition is ChatON - Samsung’s free messaging platform, which a welcome addition on a feature phone. You also have stereo FM radio with RDS and a music player with SoundAlive.
Designwise, the Samsung Star 3 is not a revolutionary change - the screen sizes are the same, the looks and weight nearly identical, but the devices has become slightly wider and thinner.
Save for the support for two SIM cards, the Samsung Star 3 Duo is virtually identical to its single SIM sibling.
The two devices are ready for an almost immediate release in late January in Russia, and they are also gearing up to arrive in CIS, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Southeast Asia. The Star 3 Duos will also make an appearance in Southwest Asia.
1. Sniggly (Posts: 7297; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
If the touchscreen isn't resistive, this could be a good teeny bopper phone. RELEASE THE DAMN THING HERE IN THE U.S.!
2. Victor.H (Posts: 592; Member since: 27 May 2011)
The Star II already made the switch to capacitive, so this one should be capacitive as well.
4. the_s2 (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Its reported as capacitive. That is the end of resistive touch era.
6. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Dumb, dumb, and just dumb idea. I don't understand Samsung -- why invent these phones when they have old, first generation or older andriod devices that they can upgrade or spice up.
Look at the Samsung Dart -- it goes for $129 at walmart -- runs android and has about the same specs as Star 3.
If I ran Samsung, I would get a better display, i.e. higher resolution, add a faster processor, fix other shortfalls as the improved Dart 2. However, no one asked me for advice.
8. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I went back and checked the price -- it's $119.99 for the Dart, which makes it one of the cheapest no contract android devices available.
9. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
It's a FEATURE phone. For people who don't want to pay for data...
10. fenixsama (Posts: 32; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
it looks like samsung champ. please bring back the original samsung star design. the one with metal brushed casing and not plastic.
in my country, a dual sim phone is more practical however choices are limited, mostly poor in quality.