Samsung Galaxy Pocket delivers Gingerbread on the cheap
posted by Nick T. / Mar 06, 2012, 4:20 AM
If you thought that the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 was pretty low-end, just take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Pocket. The smartphone has just been announced officially becoming the most basic offering in the company's current portfolio of Android smartphones. It is a handset stripped down of all bells and whistles, which makes it suitable for budget-conscious consumers.
What the Samsung Galaxy Pocket has to offer is an 832MHz single-core processor and a 2.8-inch display with QVGA resolution. On its back we have a really basic fixed focus camera of 2 megapixels, and a 1,200mAh battery resides under its back cover. You also get a 3.6Mbps 3G radio, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, and 3 gigabytes of on-board storage.
All of that is confined inside of a body with a thickness of 12 millimeters. The device itself tips the scale at the respectable 97 grams. In terms of software, the smartphone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread enhanced with goodies like the usual set of Google applications, Samsung's ChatON service, and, of course, the TouchWiz user interface.
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket will be available in the UK later this year, yet we have no word as to whether it will ever come to the U.S. Pricing has not been disclosed, but we doubt that the smartphone will burn a hole through anyone's budget.
SAMSUNG INTRODUCES THE GALAXY POCKET
New addition to the Galaxy portfolio provides affordable option for customers
6th March 2012, London, UK – Samsung Electronics today announces the latest addition to its Android powered Galaxy portfolio, the Galaxy Pocket. Featuring AndroidTM 2.3, this new smartphone offers those on the lookout for a new handset, a stylish portable option.
The Galaxy Pocket’s slim design makes it ideal for use whilst on the move and features a 2.8” display so that content and images can be viewed easily. The device features an upgraded TouchWiz user interface making menu navigation a smooth and efficient experience.
Connecting with others and sharing content is quick and easy thanks to the Galaxy Pocket’s social networking and communication features. Samsung’s ChatON cross-platform communication service connects all phone users into a single community, enabling spontaneous messaging, group chatting and content sharing so customers can stay in touch more easily.
In addition, the Galaxy Pocket’s Social Hub enables owners to see their Instant Messaging, social network and email communications in a single inbox for added convenience when they are travelling to and from work or out shopping.
The Galaxy Pocket offers 3GB of user memory, which can be expanded by a SD memory card up to an additional 32GB, for applications, MP3 files and photos, as well as an in-built FM radio which can be tuned into a favourite station. Integrated high-speed Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3.6 connectivity mean multimedia content can be downloaded fast and keep owners entertained whilst they’re out and about.
Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division: “With the Samsung Galaxy Pocket, we are building on the features we know our customers enjoy and get the most out of. This new device adds further breadth to the choice of smartphones we currently offer and provides a smartphone experience for even more customers at an affordable price.”
just a bad design all around. No problem with low end, but would it have killed them to do better than 240x320 resolution on a 2.8 inch screen? Its going to look and feel awful to use. Maybe this is one of those $70 smartphones that Eric Schmidt was talking about.
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