Samsung’s launching a slew of entry-level devices this morning. All of the models are running the same software, which happens to be Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz Essence skin. If you’re wondering what TouchWiz Essence is, it’s really just a version of TouchWiz for low-end phones that can’t handle the full version. The specs vary a bit between devices, so we’ll run over each one.
The Galaxy Core II is the first of the pack, sporting a 4.5-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB storage supplemented by a microSD card slot, 5-megapixel camera, front-facing camera and a 2,000mAh battery. One of the interesting things about the Core II is that it actually has lower specs than its predecessor, leading us to guess that it’ll be even cheaper.
Next up is the Galaxy Ace 4, which brings in a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB storage with a microSD card slot, 5-megapixel camera, front-facing camera, 1,800mAh battery and 4G LTE. There will also be a 3G version with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and a 1,500mAh battery.
The final two are essentially the same device with different network compatibility. The Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy Star 2 both feature a 3.5-inch WVGA display, single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage with microSD card slot, 3-megapixel camera on the Galaxy Young 2 and 2-megapixel camera on the Galaxy Star 2 and a 1,300mAh battery.
Samsung didn’t give specifics on pricing but says that they’ll be “affordable.” The devices will likely be targeted at emerging markets, but we don’t foresee them performing well in comparison to devices like the Moto G and Moto E that pack a lot more bang for your buck.
What do you think of the phones?