Samsung’s new smartphone, the Galaxy Axiom, quietly arrived at US Cellular. There was no big party or much fuss on the side of either the manufacturer or the carrier, but then again, the Galaxy Axiom is a mid-range device with quite decent specs but nothing overly exciting – its biggest advantage being the price. US Cellular is selling the handset for $79.99 with two-year contract, or $399 if you do not want to get tied down to one carrier for 2 years. For now the phone is available online only, and will hit the stores at the end of this week.
Introducing Galaxy Axiom for US Cellular
At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy Axiom for US Cellular resembles the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini we wrote about back in October. However, if you look closer you will notice that there are a few differences in terms of specs. The phone comes with a 4.0-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The role of the heart of this device performs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz supported by 1 GB of RAM. There is 4 GB of internal memory, but you will be able to use less than half of the storage space, so you will probably need the microSD card slot to expand the memory up to 32 GB.
The Samsung Galaxy Axiom is equipped with two cameras. The 5 megapixel shooter at the back offers 4x digital zoom, auto focus, geo-tagging, shot modes (cartoon, single, smile, panorama and smile shot) and online image uploading. The camera is also capable of recording HD videos, HD playback and video sharing. On the front, you will get a 1.3 megapixel snapper for video chatting and self-portraits.
For more fun, the handset has a music player compatible with AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EVRC, EVRC-B (Voice coder), FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, QCELP, WAV, and WMA formats, and a video player supporting Divx, H.263, H.264, and MPEG4 video files.
The phone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is a bit older than the operating system in the Galaxy S III Mini, but on the bright side, it comes pre-loaded with Google Wallet, together with Google Chrome, Flipboard and the usual Samsung apps like S-Voice for utilizing voice commands and S Beam for wireless content sharing. And speaking of wireless, the Axiom features Bluetooth with support for a number of profiles, of course Wi-Fi with hotspot capability, and is also compatible with 4G LTE networks.
Other features of the Galaxy Axiom include: GPS navigation, speech-to-text and text-to-speech converter, Microsoft Office compatibility, corporate email, and Swype technology with predictive text entry.