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Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

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

Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Samsung is anything but a stranger to dual-SIM cell phones. In 2007, it was the first well-known manufacturer to release such a handset – the SGH-D880 Duos, which paved the way for a long list of successors to follow. Fast forward five years into the future and the company's dual-SIM lineup now includes both smartphones and feature phones, with the Samsung Galaxy S Duos being the latest Android-powered addition to the party.

As the name suggests, the Galaxy S Duos is an Android device. In fact, it is the most capable dual-SIM handset that the company has ever unveiled; it has what it takes to step into the mid-range smartphone category, unlike previous Duos cell phones, which were clearly leaning towards the budget-friendly side of things.. Inside it hums a 1GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA display graces its front, and a 5-megapixel camera has been slapped on its back. But in reality, is the smartphone any good? Well, we cannot be entirely sure as the unit we are previewing today is just a prototype, but let us take a close look at it anyway and see what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is shaping up to be.


Design:

Plastic, lots and lots of plastic – that is what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is made out of, and our fingers can easily sense the smartphone's predominant cheapo feel. In all honesty, we aren't surprised as it has been a while since Samsung launched a non-plasticky smartphone for the last time. But on the other hand, the device actually looks quite good, mostly thanks to the milky-white paint job it has been treated to. After all, white phones tend to stand out in the sea of black, conservative slabs. Moreover, the matte finish on its back cover may be plain and boring, but it is virtually immune to visible fingerprints.

Plastic, lots and lots of plastic – that is what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is made out of - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Plastic, lots and lots of plastic – that is what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is made out of - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Plastic, lots and lots of plastic – that is what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is made out of - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Plastic, lots and lots of plastic – that is what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is made out of - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
The SIM card slots - Plastic, lots and lots of plastic – that is what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is made out of - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Plastic, lots and lots of plastic – that is what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is made out of - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
 

The SIM card slots

 

Plastic, lots and lots of plastic – that is what the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is made out of


Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy S Duos with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The buttons have been arranged in a manner quite typical for Samsung smartphones – with a 2-button volume rocker on the left, a lock key on the right, physical home button underneath the screen, and two capacitive keys for the “Menu” and “Back” functions. Overall, we find them well-positioned and easy to reach.

Lock key and microSD slot on the right - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Volume rocker on the left side - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
3.5mm audio jack on the top - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
microUSB port on the bottom - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

Lock key and microSD slot on the right

Volume rocker on the left side

3.5mm audio jack on the top

microUSB port on the bottom


If you are one of those people who prefer using a smartphone with a single hand, then you'd be happy with the Samsung Galaxy S Duos. Our thumbs have no troubles reaching the top edge of its screen or the furthest icon on the bottom row in the app drawer.

The Android keys - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
The 5MP rear camera - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

The Android keys

The 5MP rear camera



Display:

Considering the smartphone class that the Samsung Galaxy S Duos belongs to, a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels is quite sufficient. At 233ppi, individual pixels are not that easy to spot, and small text can be read without having to zoom in much. It is capable of delivering accurate colors that do not get distorted too much when viewed at an angle.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos has a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Samsung Galaxy S Duos has a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

Samsung Galaxy S Duos has a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels


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posted on 28 Aug 2012, 08:48 1

1. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Why MSM7227A instead of MSM8255 ???

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 09:10 2

2. yowanvista (Posts: 275; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


"Something that we find quite disappointing is that the maximum resolution, at which video can be taken, is VGA"
Cortex-A5 processors don't have the required features in order to encode/decode 720p & above.

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 19:37

3. pegasso (Posts: 129; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


it's nice to know that PA finally update their list of Best Dual SIM Phones and add Samsung Galaxy S Duos & HTC Desire V to the list :
http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-best-dual-SIM-phones_id32596

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 02:36

4. pujasurat88 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Please review this phone soon so that we can decide for purchasing it!!!!!!!! Thanks

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.78 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches
(121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 12.83 hours talk time

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