September 2, 2014

Samsung intros four budget KitKat smartphones for international markets

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Samsung on Monday introduced four new budget-friendly Galaxy smartphones in the form of the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Ace 4, and Galaxy Young 2. Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz Essence UI, these will likely be positioned in emerging markets or places where the Moto E and Nokia X2 might be offered. What’s more, they might be sold alongside some of the new Android One devices.

Of the four, the Galaxy Core II has the fastest processor at 1.2GHz (quad-core) as well as the largest display at 4.5-inches. Internal storage is listed at 4GB but a microSD card can add up to another 64GB   the largest screen in the bunch as well. Internal storage is only 4 GB but can be expanded up to 64 GB through a memory card. Other specs include a 5-megapixel rear camera, front-facing .3-megapixel camera, HSPA support, 768MB RAM GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

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Galaxy Core 2

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Galaxy Ace 4

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Galaxy Young 2

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Galaxy Star 2

The Galaxy Ace 4 is a touch smaller with its 4-inch WVGA display and employs either a dual-core 1.2GHz or dual-core 1GHz processor, depending on model. The faster model also sees LTE support with 1GB RAM while the slower version gets 512MB RAM and HSPA connectivity. Both include 4 GB of storage, the same camera combo, microSD, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

The Galaxy Young offers a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a single-core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of memory. The back camera is dropped to 3-megapixels while the microSD is only expandable to 32GB. Also present are 4GB internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and HSPA connectivity.

The Galaxy Star 2 also has a 3.5-inch HVGA screen and single-core 1 GHz chip as well as 512MB RAM and 4GB storage. It’s not clear what sort of connection speeds will be available as it’s only listed with GSM frequencies. The rear camera slides down to 2-megapixels but the Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n are still present. Interestingly enough, there’s no GPS to be found.

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