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Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Introduction:

Android smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, including cute and cuddly, as the case is with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2. This petite-sized entry-level device is the successor to last year's Galaxy mini, and as such, it comes with improvements both on the inside and on the outside. To start, the screen is not only slightly bigger, but also sports HVGA resolution whereas the previous model had a modest QVGA display. Furthermore, the 600MHz processor has been ditched in favor of an 800MHz single core chip.

Hardware specs aside, we checked out the Galaxy mini 2 at MWC 2012 and it was not too shabby considering its entry-level nature. Now, however, it is time to give it a more thorough examination. What we have here is a prototype version of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2, which, although a bit crude and unpolished, can give us a general idea as to how the device performs in real life.


Design:

Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is made out of plain old plastic, but hey, don't forget that the device is meant to be cheap. There is a chrome-like shiny bezel around its side, while the back cover sports a fine texture that adds a little bit of extra grip and keeps fingerprints at bay. So yeah, no fancy materials anywhere in sight, but thankfully, the handset looks presentable and feels properly built.

The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 looks presentable and feels properly built - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 looks presentable and feels properly built - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 looks presentable and feels properly built


Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

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Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
What we are quite happy with is the way the Galaxy mini 2 fits in the palm. It feels like a pebble and rests naturally without being too small to use comfortably. All you need to operate the device is a single thumb. Additionally, the lock key and the 2-button volume rocker are very easy to find and respond with a nice click when pressed. As it is on any recent Samsung Galaxy device, underneath the handset's display we have a physical home key and two capacitive buttons for the home and back functions – properly spaced out and not prone to accidental presses.


Volume key and microSD slot (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Volume key and microSD slot (left)

Power key (right)

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2


Back - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Camera - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



Display:

What we have on the Galaxy mini 2 is a 3.27-inch display with a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels (176ppi), which is okay for a low-level smartphone. It is sufficiently responsive to the touch and glows bright enough to be somewhat usable under broad daylight. Still, do not expect anything groundbreaking as the screen is of the TFT LCD variety.


Samsung GALAXY mini 2 360-degrees View:



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posted on 20 Mar 2012, 09:57 2

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't like the TFT LCD screen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thumbs down SAMSUNG!!

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 10:06 3

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


You can't expect samsung to put a high end panel on every phone they release, for a entry level device this is quite nice and will fit most peoples needs just fine

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:47

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't think AMOLED is high END any longer!!!

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 11:19 1

3. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Well, did you expect a Super Amoled plus HD panel?

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:48

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Expect?? Don't people expect better things??
Don't you?

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:48

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Not talking about an HD screen!!

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 15:35

4. andro. (Posts: 1944; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The Galaxy mini was a very high seller despite its basic display as it was generally priced around the 90-100 euro mark,the mini 2 is an improvement on that so if its priced as competitvely people buying won't be complaining about not having super amoled screens etc.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 23:27

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posted on 21 Mar 2012, 03:36

6. gmp009 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


AWESOME PHONE WAITING FOR RELEASE IN PAKISTAN>>>> :)

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 14:33

10. kashifkk (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Nice Cell Phone In Middle rang Good Thing is 4gb Internal Memory i am with that :)

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 06:24

11. samboycott (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


Apart from some generic issues likebattery and touch pad and WiFi, this phone has typing issues, you cannot tyoe a single line without errors in every word.
Google plans to move away from Samsung

Google is receiving millions of issues related to Samsung phones every day, so they have decided to move out of Samsung, then obviously they won’t support the android phones from Samsung anymore.
It is better to learn before time.
Windows is running the latest trends smartphones and also very popular.
Windows phones from Nokia are the rapid sold handsets all over the world. Nokia has launched the windows Lumia phones at various range for better availability to users.
Grab your Windows phone or smartphone now
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/lumia/
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/smartphones/
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/dual-sim/

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 08:50

12. surajitrath (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


When will it be available in Kolkata market and what will be it's price in INC?

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Display3.3 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (176 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.31 x 2.31 x 0.47 inches
(109.4 x 58.6 x 11.9 mm)
3.77 oz  (107 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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