Not so long after releasing to the market the Galaxy Star 2, Samsung is going to launch another lowish-end Android KitKat smartphone. If a retailer from Mumbai is to be believed, soon we will be greeting a new smartphone from Samsung called the Galaxy Star Advance. According to the report, Mahesh Telecom is also familiar with the pricing – the new handset will cost Rs. 7,299 (which is about $120). It doesn’t appear to be any kind of hoax, as the Indian merchant has already listed some specs of the Galaxy Star Advance. Here’s what you can expect.
Samsung Galaxy Star Advance – What to expect.
The new phone from Samsung seems to be an improved version of the Galaxy Star 2, hence the “Advance” in the name. Even considering the upgrades, the device is still a far cry from high-end offering, though.
The Galaxy Star Advance features a 4.3-inch LCD capacitive touch screen display with an unimpressive resolution of just 800 x 480 pixels, and apparently is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. However for now there is no word on the type and make of the chip, though we know that it will be paired with 512MB RAM. When it comes to camera, some users may feel disappointed as it looks like the phone has only rear camera with a 3-megapixel sensor and LED flash, so self-portraits and video chatting are no part of the deal.
As far as storage is concerned, the Galaxy Star Advance boasts 4 GB of internal memory, which is expandable with microSD up to 32GB. The smartphone also comes with dual SIM support – a feature that may not be an absolute must-have, but can come in handy anyway, especially if you prefer to separate professional contacts from private, or simply use two SIM cards to keep expenses in check. In terms of connectivity, the handset offers 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.0 and GPS navigation. Power is delivered by a 1,800 mAh battery.
The device features a leather-like back cover similar to the Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy Star 2, which gives it a more premium look and feel. Like the Star 2 and other smartphones launched recently, the Galaxy Star Advance works on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and comes pre-loaded with a bunch of extras such as ChatOn, Google Talk, Google Maps, FM radio and the usual suite of Samsung apps. The Galaxy Star Advance will come in black and white color options.
There has been no official information about a wider release of the smartphone, but it supposedly will go on sale in other markets in the near future. When and if it ever happens, yet remains to be seen, as the phone hasn’t been officially announced by Samsung so far.
Will the new Galaxy Star Advance really deserve to be called “star” or will it be just another average device from Samsung? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon. One thing is certain, though, being as lower-end as it is, the Star Advance won’t wow tech enthusiasts, but it appears to have enough potential to satisfy the needs of users who don’t demand much from their phones.