Samsung expands Galaxy line, four new smartphones on offer

Samsung expands Galaxy line, four new smartphones on offer

Summary: Samsung's Galaxy line has been updated with models based on affordability and targeting the next generation of users.

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The Galaxy Ace 4.

Samsung has expanded the Galaxy smartphone line with four new devices launched with affordability in mind.

On Monday, the South Korean tech giant announced the launch of the new handsets, the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Ace 4, and Galaxy Young 2. The firm said these models are designed to provide an "exceptional smartphone experience at an affordable price," and each smartphone is equipped with Samsung’s simplified TouchWiz Essence interface and the latest Android 4.4 operating system.

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The Samsung Galaxy Star 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Core II sports a leather-like back cover and comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. The smartphone comes with a 4.5-inch display and 2,000mAh battery. The dual-SIM handset also is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and comes in white or black.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 4, available in LTE or 3G versions, is powered by a 1.0 — 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and is equipped with either a 1500 or 1800mAh battery. The handset has 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory and room for a microSD card for additional storage, and comes in both charcoal and white colors.

The 3.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Young 2 is a compact smartphone powered by a single-core 1GHz processor and has 512MB RAM, as well as 4GB internal memory and room for a microSD card. The smartphone's 3MP camera is situated on the back of the handset and the device is powered by a 1,300mAh battery. This device is also available in charcoal or white.

Finally, the 3.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Star 2 is powered by a single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage, and again has room for a microSD up to 32GB. The handset comes with a 2-megapixel camera and is supported by a 1,300mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet revealed the pricing or shipping details of these handsets, but considering the specifications, it is likely the new models are aimed at lower budgets. The mobile handset industry remains competitively fierce and tech giants are not only forced to innovate to stay ahead, but also offer a range of devices suitable for different budgets. 

Topics: Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones

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  • I thought galaxy

    was supposed to signify their highend phones. It seems every samsung phone is a galaxy now.
    • has been for a while

      Galaxy seems to denote Android device. All Android phones, even their entry level devices, have been Galaxy for a couple of years now, the same for the tablets.

      Given the specs, I'd expect them to all fall under the 120€ Mark, comparing them to the rest of the market - given the specs, I'd certainly be more willing to pay for a Lumia 630 than these.

      What is missing from the story is what version of the OS is installed. The linked press release says KitKat on all of them.
  • how long can they keep it up?

    It's the same tactic that Nokia used in the late 90s/early 2000s where they went from a small number of models each year and where there was a clear flagship phone with each bunch which was always just that little to expensive and made people jealous when you had one... Except after a couple of years flooding the market they lost that 'me too' factor and just became yet another brand (which is when the Razer then came along and killed with sales).

    Samsung has had flagship devices up until the S5, but now there isn't really a flagship phone, at last count I think there is 3 or 4 different S5s. So they are loosing the 'me too' factor. If HTC can hold on, or LG (or maybe there is another manufacturer waiting in the wings with the next 'me too' android device) figure within a year they will be the ones who get the good coverage for launches and Samsung will be a 'and this week Samsung releases yet another set of phones, meanwhile in other news'...

    Meanwhile Apple will get tonnes of press for its one or two phones a year and MS (if they are lucky and don't screw the launch) should get some nice coverage later this year when the first handsets truly by them get released (3D touch sounds interesting).
  • Unless they are really cheap

    They won't be able to compete with motorola, the samsung galaxy star 2 would need to be around £40, or lower, the galaxy young 2 only slightly higher. The ace 4 isn't really an improvement over the ace 3, and it would have to be below £100 to even be considered by a lot of people, otherwise they will just go with the moto e and g, the galaxy core 2 would be in the same situation and with it's screen size is clearly a moto g competitor.

    based on the price of past samsung smartphones their "cheap phones" won't be that great value.

    I would advise buyers to look elsewhere unless they must have a samsung device, which would just mean they like being ripped off.