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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.

Interface:

Two thumbs up to Samsung for pre-installing Android 4.0 on the Galaxy S Duos. After all, software updates from Samsung tend to take a while before they are released, and waiting is something that customers aren't too fond of. The latest version of the TouchWiz user interface has been added on top, which explains why the S Duos is so reminiscent of the Galaxy S III. There is a ton of widgets to pick from, a multitude of toggle buttons are accessible from the drop-down menu, and four app shortcuts can be put on the lock screen.

Two thumbs up to Samsung for pre-installing Android 4.0 on the Galaxy S Duos - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Two thumbs up to Samsung for pre-installing Android 4.0 on the Galaxy S Duos - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Two thumbs up to Samsung for pre-installing Android 4.0 on the Galaxy S Duos - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Two thumbs up to Samsung for pre-installing Android 4.0 on the Galaxy S Duos - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

Two thumbs up to Samsung for pre-installing Android 4.0 on the Galaxy S Duos



Processor and memory:

The smartphone's weakest link appears to be its 1GHz single-core processor, which probably won't be capable of delivering the smooth experience we've come to expect from modern handsets. The SoC used is a first-gen Snapdragon, namely the MSM7227A paired with 512MB of RAM, which may seem like a lot when compared to what other dual-SIM smartphones have to offer, but it's actually quite modest for a contemporary smartphone. Nevertheless, we'll give it our final verdict once we see how a finalized unit performs.

There are only 4 gigs of on-board storage on the Samsung Galaxy S Duos, and the actual user-available memory will surely be even less. Thankfully, its storage can be expanded by popping in a microSD card of up to 32GB.


Web Browser:

The stock web browser on Android 4.0 is pretty functional, so chances are that you won't need to go looking for an alternative. It allows you to save web pages for offline use, to add shortcut to web pages on your home screen, and to have multiple windows open at the same time. Just don't expect seeing any Adobe Flash content right away as the plug-in doesn't come pre-installed, although you are free to add it manually.

The stock web browser on Android 4.0 is pretty functional - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
The stock web browser on Android 4.0 is pretty functional - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

The stock web browser on Android 4.0 is pretty functional



Camera:

After launching the camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S Duos we are greeted by the familiar TouchWiz camera interface. There are several shooting modes that might come in handy, such as smile shot, panorama mode, and the handful of scene presets.

The familiar TouchWiz camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
The familiar TouchWiz camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
The familiar TouchWiz camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
The familiar TouchWiz camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

The familiar TouchWiz camera interface


We took our sample shots with our prototype handset, so feel free to check them out, yet keep in mind that photo quality might be slightly different on a retail unit. Something that we find quite disappointing is that the maximum resolution, at which video can be taken, is VGA (640 by 480 pixels), while 720p has long become the norm for smartphones nowadays.

Outdoor shots - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Outdoor shots - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Outdoor shots - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Outdoor shots - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Outdoor shots - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Outdoor shots - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

Outdoor shots


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Low - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S Duos Preview

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Samsung Galaxy S Duos Sample Video:



Expectations:

Let's be realistic here, folks. The Samsung Galaxy S Duos may not be anything extraordinary when compared to other smartphones on the market, but in the dual-SIM arena, there are not many devices that can offer similar contemporary design in combination with such set of features. Having that in mind, consumers that must have the dual-SIM funcitonality at any cost, but do not want that to be at the expense of what their handset can do, might have a worthy pick to consider once the Galaxy S Duos is released. The only true Galaxy S Duos rival is the recently launched HTC Desire V, which looks even better, yet leaves something to be desired when it comes to performance. Perhaps if the S Duos performs better, it will be the ultimate dual-SIM Android smartphone to go with, but whether that will be the case or not will be known once we give it a thorough review.


Samsung Galaxy S Duos Video Preview:


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

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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: 300; 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: 137; 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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