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Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Fame Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
Introduction:

The Samsung Galaxy Fame is an Android smartphone that has “entry-level” written all over it. As a member of the said device class, it offers hardware specs that can't get much more modest than that: a 3.5-inch 320 by 480 pixel display, 1GHz single-core processor, 5MP camera, and 4GB of storage. But the smartphone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has access to the huge apps collection offered by Google's ecosystem, so despite its low-end nature, there's quite a lot one can do with it.

So as a whole, is the Samsung Galaxy Fame any good? Well, we'd also like to know the answer to that question, which is why today we're going to preview a prototype unit. Since the device that we have here isn't running finalized software, we can't yet draw any final conclusions about it, but it should give us a good idea as to what to expect from the Galaxy Fame once it is released.


Design:

Cute as a cuddly critter – that's how we'd briefly describe the Samsung Galaxy Fame. Thanks to its pebble-like shape, the smartphone is a delight to handle and operate, especially since its curvy body makes it fit perfectly in the hand. Plastic is what the device is made out of, but it lacks the cheap feel that entry-level phones are usually associated with. Quite the opposite, the Galaxy Fame feels pretty solid in the user's palm due to its sturdy construction. Our only complaint is that its glossy front and back sides retain a little bit of finger smudge, but that's just a minor issue that most users won't be bothered by.

Thanks to its pebble-like shape, the Samsung Galaxy Fame is a delight to handle and operate - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
Thanks to its pebble-like shape, the Samsung Galaxy Fame is a delight to handle and operate - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview

Thanks to its pebble-like shape, the Samsung Galaxy Fame is a delight to handle and operate


Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview

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Android keys - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
Front camera - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
 

Android keys

Front camera


The Samsung Galaxy Fame is equipped with an excellent set of physical buttons – a volume rocker on the left, power key on its right side, and a home button underneath its screen. All of them are easy to reach and provide very good tactile feedback. The two capacitive buttons that complement the home key are also well within reach.

3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Fame - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Fame - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Fame - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

Volume rocker (left)

Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Fame - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
Back - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Fame - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview
Rear camera and speaker grill - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Fame - Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview

Power key (right)

Back

Rear camera and speaker grill

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Fame



Display:


The Samsung Galaxy Fame might be pretty, but its LCD screen surely isn't. That's due to its low resolution of only 320 by 480 pixels spread across 3.5-inches in diagonal. Needless to say, pixelation around the curves of graphic elements is easily noticeable. The display's viewing angles and color representation are also somewhat disappointing. On the bright side of things, the screen's outdoor visibility is acceptable. For it to be usable, however, you need to boost its brightness to the maximum. That is done manually via the brightness slider conveniently placed in the drop-down notification bar.


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posted on 14 Feb 2013, 05:39 19

1. lee480 (Posts: 175; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


An uglier version of the already ugly Galaxy S3.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:21 1

2. coelhoboss (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


Good entry-level phone. Runs Android Jelly Bean, got a decent camera and some nice features. Would get it over a Optimus L5.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:37 12

3. tmcblog (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


better buy a chinese phone... with the same price, I can get one with 4" 800x480 display, same memory size, same CPU speed, but more battery capacity..
Lenovo offers better spec with the same price.
Lenovo A690 vs Samsung Galaxy Y --> Lenovo wins ;)

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:46 12

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I just have one problem...the resolution- 320 by 480 is just too too small. Alreast 380 by 640 would do justice...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:53 1

5. henrys (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


so its pretty much the galaxy ace with a better processor and much better software

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:53

6. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


Buy a Cherry Mobile Flare and you get a 4" WVGA IPS Display, 1.2GHZ dual-core processor, 5MP AF Camera and Android.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:18

7. amansingal14 (Posts: 287; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Sony Xperia E looks way better than this... :(
Samsung you have disappointed me as you always do...

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:30

8. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Never understood why people liked rectangular phones cause when it comes down to it they all look the same, no true difference, nothing to set them apart, while I love the look of this phone, too low end for me, but perfect for someone who wants the latest OS but not the highest specs are can't afford them for that matter

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 05:36

9. mercorp (Posts: 969; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


reminds me of the galaxy 3 from 2010....

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 23:36

10. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


@phonearena.. Does it have a GPU.. plez reply..

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 10:35

11. sk9034 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


as custumers likes black colour more so Samsung should give this mobile in black color

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:22

13. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


That's not true, customers always prefer a white edition, hence why white versions were normally only released after the original black one has been released , It was like a Limited Edition version

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 17:51

12. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


This is a Galaxy Ace with an overclocked processor and different design...

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.46 x 2.43 x 0.46 inches
(113.2 x 61.6 x 11.6 mm)
4.25 oz  (121 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 8.66 hours talk time

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