The success of the Moto E and the Moto G kickstarted the budget phone revolution. The latest trend in budget phones was that phones had an acceptable, even good design, a sturdy build and specifications that are enough to do most tasks without any slowdowns. This is in stark contrast to the scenario before, when budget phones were fragile and ugly and struggled to keep pace with your finger.
Samsung has announced four Android phones, aimed towards the budget-minded section of the population in developing countries like India.
All four have similar plastic designs and all four run the latest version of Android : Android Kitkat 4.4.2 with a lightweight version of Touchwiz (Samsung’s Android Overlay) called Touchwiz Essence.
The most powerful among these phones is the Galaxy Core II, which has a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor, a 4.5 inch WVGA Display, 768MB RAM and a 2000mAh battery. It also has Dual-SIM support, something that is looked for in developing countries. The back camera is 5MP and the front is 0.3MP.
Next up is the Galaxy Ace 4, which has a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, a 4.0 inch WVGA Display, 1GB RAM and a 1800mAh battery. Both phones come with 4GB Internal Storage which may be expanded via MicroSD Card. It too has a 5MP Back Camera and a 0.3MP Front Camera.
This is for the LTE Version. If you are getting one with support for only a 3G Radio, then your RAM gets cut down to 512MB and your battery gets cut down to 1500mAh.
The Galaxy Young 2 and the Galaxy Star 2 feature a 3.5 inch WVGA Screen, 1GHz Processor, 512MB RAM and a 1300mAh battery. The Young 2 has a sharper 3MP Camera, while the Star 2 features an even more paltry 2MP Camera.
The prices haven’t been announced. These phones will initially launch in South Korea and then to other areas. We think that these phones will not be able to replicate the success of the Moto E, due to reasons such as the Moto E’s Android being (almost) Stock Android with Guaranteed updates and also because the Moto E is an overall better phone.