Samsung updates the majority of its budget phones

Samsung has announced four new Android-powered smartphones to join the low to middle regions of its line-up. The devices are all follow-up versions of previous handsets and include updated versions of its Galaxy Core, Ace, Young and Star models.

The Galaxy Core II is the most powerful of the new devices. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 768Mb of RAM and a 4.5-inch WVGA TFT display. A 5MP rear and VGA front camera complete the unit. The handset should easily last through a long day of usage as it has a 2000mAh battery and it weighs 138g but is relatively thin at 9.8mm.

The Galaxy Ace 4, continuing the now well-established budget Ace range, has a 1.0GHz dual-core processor with 512Mb of RAM. Interestingly, the LTE variant will have a more powerful 1.2GHz processor and 1Gb RAM. Both versions have a 4.0-inch display and the same 5MP rear and VGA front camera setup as seen on the Core II.

Meanwhile, the Young 2 and Star 2 are designed to broaden Samsung's viewpoint into the market and are aimed at first-time buyers. Both have single-core 1GHz processors, 512MB RAM and 3.5-inch displays.

The Star 2 makes do with just a 2MP camera  whereas the Young 2 has a marginally better 3MP unit. Notably, the Star 2 goes so far in its cost-cutting as to omit GPS and HSDPA from its feature list - both seen as necessities on smartphones years ago; both devices have 1300mAh batteries.

Samsung reports that all four phones have 4GB of internal storage, expandable with micro SD cards. They also all run the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat; Samsung's new TouchWiz Essence UI is overlaid on top.

Although these devices aren't intended for smartphone enthusiasts, the Core II and Ace 4 should satisfy the average smartphone buyer. The Young 2 and Star 2 appear to be  underpowered and are unlikely to appeal to anyone but the least-intensive, casual users due to their limited, restrictive feature-sets. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced but older versions of these handsets are currently retailing SIM-free at around $190.

Source: Samsung

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What's the appeal for Samsung phones...I don't get it. They always look the same, just different sizes. Look at these 4, it's either black or white with a few different specs while each have thier own name to make the media go ewww, 4 new phones. I'm sure Best buy will put out another table for them next to the other 100 look a likes.

The Galaxy Ace 4 seems to be a downgrade from the Galaxy Ace 3 which makes no sense.

The Galaxy Ace 3 has a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage,
so why does its successor seems to have much lower specs? Even the Galaxy Ace 2 has
more RAM than the Galaxy Ace 4. Seems I'll be upgrading to the Galaxy Ace 3.

Edited by DJGM, Jun 30 2014, 10:19pm :

Inferior parts probably = cheaper to make. Most consumers don't even care for most of the specs besides total size (8gb, 16gb, etc) I will be sure to avoid these phones at all costs.

este said,

Inferior parts probably = cheaper to make. Most consumers don't even care for most of the specs besides total size (8gb, 16gb, etc)


It still makes no sense for a new version of a device to be of an inferior spec to it's predecessor.

Update the damn OS for your cheaper phones samsung. They pretend as if low-end to mid-range android phones stop existing after they've released them to the market.

"There, phones are in the stores. Now let's remove them from our memories and go work on their replacements."

well considering that moto E and moto G, i dont find any reason to get any of this galaxies.

its expensive, bloated, slow and not worth it.

Loving my moto g. Wish other companies would realize we don't want the excessive bloatware. Even motorola added a few apps in there but not as bad as some others. Stock android more often please - let the user decide what to add.

Choto Cheeta said,
Problem with MotoG is the storage.. If it had external card support, that would have been excellent..

The new Moto G LTE version also has an SD card slot

Choto Cheeta said,
Problem with MotoG is the storage.. If it had external card support, that would have been excellent..

I agree. Luckily for me, I don't play many games at all so 8GB is plenty enough for me. If you do want to play games though, the 4G version with the SD card slot is about £30 extra than the normal Moto g.

hobsgrg said,
The new Moto G LTE version also has an SD card slot

We dont get MotoG LTE in India..

At it's launch, with the price tag, MotoG was a good option but at present, at that price point there are quite a few alternatives..