When we first heard the name of this device, we expected something big and powerful judging by the name. But then judging so early isn’t good really, right? We recently saw some low end devices come out which have just the basic hardware to run the newer versions of android and this is another one of those devices. The device is pretty basic and is targeted for those people want a low range android smartphone but can compromise on hardware for the sake of brand name. The device would try to take the place occupied by the popular galaxy ace which has kind of aged now. We present you an update on what the device is and what it is up against.
The phone retains the Samsung family look and has got a rounded body. On the front sits a 3.5 inch display with a physical home key below it. The build quality is not impressive at all but then we weren’t expecting much. Though,the rivals feela bit better when compared to it. The device measures 113.2 x 61.6 x 11.6 mm and while the size is small, the device is a bit heavy for its size at 120 gms. A metallic band wraps the device which is quite prominent. It is okay to look at but doesn’t really make it very attractive.
The capacitive menu and back key sit on either side of the physical home key. There are some sensors near the top and also present there is the VGA front camera. The micro USB port sits below the device near the mic. The 3.5 mm audio jack is present on the top left of the device. The rear is identical to the Samsung Galaxy S3, just smaller, with the camera in the middle and flash & loudspeaker on either side of it. The power button on the right and volume rocker on left are very well placed. There is no part of the device that would be inaccessible during one handed operation, thanks to the size.
The cost cutting would show somewhere and this is one bit where it can be spotted very easily. The display measures 3.5 inch and has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The resolution is quite low and things would have been even worse if they have decided to put in a bigger display. The viewing angles are bad and there is similar story with the colour replication. We should not talk about the contrast ratios either as they aren’t any good. The brightness is decent though and the device could be used in sunlight with some efforts.
The device runs a single core 1 GHz processor and has got 512 MB of RAM to go with it. That is like reallylow-end hardware so no surprises in the performance here. It would be just enough to run your operating system and some basic apps you would surely install on your device. It is a dual sim device so it might save the trouble of keeping two devices for some people. You get only 4 GB of internal storage on the device but you can add another 64 GBs of storage using a micro SD card, though we don’t think anyone would need that much of storage on this device.
On connectivity front, the device offers a lot. You get GPRS and EDGE (obviously), 3G speeds upto 7.2 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n which also supports peer to peer connectivity or Wi-Fi direct as they call it, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, micro USB 2.0 and NFC on some models. It has got GPS with A-GPS and it also supports GLONASS.
The device has got a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus. There is an LED flash to light up your late night shots. The camera can record VGA videos at 25 fps. The camera works fine and the autofocus is able to obtain the right focus most of the times. The photos are washed out though and won’t be of much use. The front camera is VGA only but that is enough for your hangouts. All this hardware is powered by a 1300 mAh battery and it is plenty to handle its job.
The phone runs android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s home cooked TouchWiz UI. The interface is neat and the launcher is simple. Also it adds some more functions over the stock android and the notification drawer gets some shortcuts on top. There are some apps added by Samsung but they aren’t of much use really. The interface doesn’t run very smoothly on the device due to the low end hardware but it is visible only when you first turn on the display. Yes there would be times when you can spot the interface getting slow at times but it is something you can live with. The UI is extremely simple to use and you won’t have to struggle to have things your way. You would feel right at home if you have used a Samsung device before.
The device has been made to appeal to people who are new to android and people who want to use their device for nothing more than calls, texting and WhatsApp. There are alternatives from Indian brands which offer much better hardware for the same price but there are a lot of people who like to adhere to a reputed brand. Sony has got its rival called the Xperia E which has essentially the same hardware but looks and feels a bit better. The device has got its flaws but it is still a decent device and you would just love the size of the device. The low resolution screen is a letdown though. The price of the device is well justified and makes it a decent buy if it suits you needs.