Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

Introduction and Design

Samsung keeps churning out smartphones as if there's no tomorrow, stuffing the channels with sometimes marginally different handsets six months after it introduced the previous crop.

The Samsung Galaxy Y is not an exception to this strategy – about half a year since the company launched something like the Samsung Galaxy Mini, for instance, it announced the Galaxy Y, which, according to the new naming scheme, should be an affordable handset for teens or emerging markets.

Some of its specs are marginally better than the Galaxy Mini, like a slightly faster processor and less weight, but the camera is 2MP, for example, against the Galaxy Mini's 3MP, while the screen resolution is the same (QVGA). The biggest improvement seems to be the Android OS version – we are running Gingerbread on the Galaxy Y, but this is not a huge advantage, as software can always be updated.

So does Samsung's fresh naming scheme an event enough to merit a new, largely unchanged, low-end Android entry from the manufacturer six months later, considering it's getting somewhat crowded down there? Read on the preview of our non-final unit to find out...


The outer appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Y is differentiated from the sea of black plastic rectangles  or ovals with... a silvery back cover and chrome-like sides. Alright, one for the design team here, since it found a cheap way to break from the mould. Moreover, the battery cover is dotted like snake skin, which makes the phone easier to hold for our slippery, shaking hands.

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

The basic 3” LCD display has the pretty appalling 240x320 pixels of resolution, but the colors are fairly bright. We know it's an entry level Android from Samsung, but a slightly larger screen would have made a big difference, or a slightly better resolution than the previous low-ends even.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Y chassis looks and feels like the manufacturer is skimping on many features, including telling design, in order to stay mass market and affordable, but the two-toned shell is somewhat of a compensation.

Samsung Galaxy Y 360-degree View:

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