This might come as a bit of a shocker for those of you not keeping tabs on the Asian smartphone market, but there’s a family of Samsung handhelds around those parts that’s today welcoming its third member and is virtually unknown on the Western hemisphere.
Following on the footsteps of the Galaxy Trend 2, launched a mere five months ago, the Trend 3 (aka SM-G3502, SM-G3502U, SM-3508 and SM-3509) doesn’t have exact pricing or availability details attached to its name, but should land in China in a matter of weeks for well under $400. Maybe even $300 or lower.
Naturally, what you pay is what you get, so don’t expect the Trend 3 to sit next to the Galaxy S4 or Note 3 on the Android totem pole. On the bright side, this new thing does take a number of design cues from the GS4, being basically a shrunken version of the flagship.
Another piece of good news for Asian fashionistas is that, aside from coming in classic black and white color options, the Trend 3 will be quite the trendsetter (get it?) with a sexy “powder pink” flavor. Also under strong points, you can file the Android 4.2 running and dual-SIM, GSM and W-CDMA support.
And now the bad. First, it’s not that the display is necessarily tiny, measuring 4.3 inches, but the resolution is fairly pitiful – 800 x 480 pixels. Then there’s a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor that screams low-end. Also, a minuscule 1,800 mAh battery. And no NFC. Bottom line, Sammy may want to go even lower than $250 to make the Trend 3 a hit.