The Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Pocket
Samsung has just unveiled yet another Android-powered Galaxy handset, called Galaxy Pocket. It is definitely an exact opposite to the huge 5.3” Galaxy Note. With the Galaxy Pocket, users are looking at a small 2.8” screen that uses the old 320 x 240 pixels resolution. The phone runs Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and 2Mp rear-facing camera on an 832 MHz single-core processor. At 103.7×57.5x12mm, the phone can fit very small pockets, although the Galaxy Pocket is slightly thicker than its bigger brothers. It comes with all the usual wireless bells and whistles, such as GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HSDPA. There’s still no exact price for the handset and Samsung announced that it is going to the market later this year. Even so, it is easy to suspect that it would be close to the price of Samsung Galaxy Y that has many similar specs details.
The big question is, what’s Google plan for low-end devices going to be? Newer Android versions need increasingly more powerful hardware, for example the “slowest” device that’s proven to run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is the original Galaxy S. Will Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) and Android 6.0 (Key Lime Pie) run well on processors slower than 1GHz? Folks with limited budget are those who will buy Android smartphones by millions, not those with $700 to spare.
Google and manufacturers should pay enough attention to cheaper handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket, as low-cost smartphones could eventually replace feature (dumb) phones and they could make a big splash in coming years.