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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.

Interface:

Well, what do you know: the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top, and this is most likely the software that the device will run once it launches. The user interface looks more or less identical to what you have on all of Samsung's recent Android devices, save for the new lock screen and the tweaked animations here and there. We are really hoping to see an update to Ice Cream Sandwich at some point in the future, but since Samsung has yet to shed any light on the matter, it seems like such an update may not be on the agenda for now.

The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top


Thankfully, the 800MHz single-core processor – an MSM7227a chipset by Qualcomm, handles navigation without much effort. As a result, the interface is pretty smooth in general, even though the software running on this device is still not in its final form. Interestingly, it remains usable even when we beautified its interface with a popular live wallpaper. The only thing that bothers us is that the on-screen virtual keyboard is way too small to be used comfortably in portrait mode, but in landscape mode it works just fine.

On-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
On-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

On-screen virtual keyboard



Internet browser and connectivity:

Believe it or not, the web browser on this little munchkin supports Adobe Flash out of the box. It also comes with several essential web browsing features, namely pinch to zoom, tap to zoom, and support for multiple windows. Sadly, text reflow is absent, but we hope to see it added in the device's final software version.

With the Samsung Galaxy mini 2, you can connect to the web either over Wi-Fi b/g/n or by using its 7.2Mbps 3G radio. You also get Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, A-GPS, and an FM Radio with RDS.


Camera:

The 3-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is as basic as it gets – with no auto-focus and no LED flash, which is why one should not expect much from it. We took a few sample shots under various conditions, along with a video sample, so do not hesitate to check them out. All we can say at this time is that they look good enough for an entry-level smartphone, although their quality might differ on a finalized unit.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Camera interface


Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2  - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2  - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2  - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples



Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Sample Video:




Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Expectations:

Given that it is marketed as an entry level smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is shaping up to be a pretty decent offering. Sure, it does not have much to stand out with, but at $280 off-contract, you cannot really ask for more than what the device already has in its arsenal. This might very well be the ideal device to get for your teenage kid, although it also seems suitable for anyone who wants to have a taste of the smartphone experience without spending too much cash. Of course, we will give it our final verdict once we get to review a finalized Samsung Galaxy mini 2 unit.


Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Video Preview:


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

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posted on 20 Mar 2012, 09:57 2

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; 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: 3013; 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: 3013; 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: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Not talking about an HD screen!!

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 15:35

4. andro. (Posts: 1960; 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.
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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
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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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