Samsung Galaxy Fame Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Fame is an Android smartphone that has “entry-level” written all over it. As a member of the said device class, it offers hardware specs that can't get much more modest than that: a 3.5-inch 320 by 480 pixel display, 1GHz single-core processor, 5MP camera, and 4GB of storage. But the smartphone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has access to the huge apps collection offered by Google's ecosystem, so despite its low-end nature, there's quite a lot one can do with it.

So as a whole, is the Samsung Galaxy Fame any good? Well, we'd also like to know the answer to that question, which is why today we're going to preview a prototype unit. Since the device that we have here isn't running finalized software, we can't yet draw any final conclusions about it, but it should give us a good idea as to what to expect from the Galaxy Fame once it is released.


Cute as a cuddly critter – that's how we'd briefly describe the Samsung Galaxy Fame. Thanks to its pebble-like shape, the smartphone is a delight to handle and operate, especially since its curvy body makes it fit perfectly in the hand. Plastic is what the device is made out of, but it lacks the cheap feel that entry-level phones are usually associated with. Quite the opposite, the Galaxy Fame feels pretty solid in the user's palm due to its sturdy construction. Our only complaint is that its glossy front and back sides retain a little bit of finger smudge, but that's just a minor issue that most users won't be bothered by.

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

The Samsung Galaxy Fame is equipped with an excellent set of physical buttons – a volume rocker on the left, power key on its right side, and a home button underneath its screen. All of them are easy to reach and provide very good tactile feedback. The two capacitive buttons that complement the home key are also well within reach.


The Samsung Galaxy Fame might be pretty, but its LCD screen surely isn't. That's due to its low resolution of only 320 by 480 pixels spread across 3.5-inches in diagonal. Needless to say, pixelation around the curves of graphic elements is easily noticeable. The display's viewing angles and color representation are also somewhat disappointing. On the bright side of things, the screen's outdoor visibility is acceptable. For it to be usable, however, you need to boost its brightness to the maximum. That is done manually via the brightness slider conveniently placed in the drop-down notification bar.



12. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

This is a Galaxy Ace with an overclocked processor and different design...

11. sk9034

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

as custumers likes black colour more so Samsung should give this mobile in black color

13. alexzibrit

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

That's not true, customers always prefer a white edition, hence why white versions were normally only released after the original black one has been released , It was like a Limited Edition version

10. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

@phonearena.. Does it have a GPU.. plez reply..

9. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

reminds me of the galaxy 3 from 2010....

8. alexzibrit

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Never understood why people liked rectangular phones cause when it comes down to it they all look the same, no true difference, nothing to set them apart, while I love the look of this phone, too low end for me, but perfect for someone who wants the latest OS but not the highest specs are can't afford them for that matter

7. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Sony Xperia E looks way better than this... :( Samsung you have disappointed me as you always do...

6. jade272727

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Buy a Cherry Mobile Flare and you get a 4" WVGA IPS Display, 1.2GHZ dual-core processor, 5MP AF Camera and Android.

5. henrys

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

so its pretty much the galaxy ace with a better processor and much better software

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I just have one problem...the resolution- 320 by 480 is just too too small. Alreast 380 by 640 would do justice...

3. tmcblog

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

better buy a chinese phone... with the same price, I can get one with 4" 800x480 display, same memory size, same CPU speed, but more battery capacity.. Lenovo offers better spec with the same price. Lenovo A690 vs Samsung Galaxy Y --> Lenovo wins ;)

2. coelhoboss

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

Good entry-level phone. Runs Android Jelly Bean, got a decent camera and some nice features. Would get it over a Optimus L5.

1. lee480 unregistered

An uglier version of the already ugly Galaxy S3.
Galaxy Fame
  • Display 3.5 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1300 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless