Samsung’s recipe for success in the mobile game consists of many ingredients, flavors and spices, but beyond innovation, massive advertising investments and unique designs, the most important trick up the Koreans’ sleeve is diversity.
Borderline insane diversity, but hey, that’s where genius often lies: at the outskirts of madness. The already crazy rich Galaxy smartphone line is thus on track to welcome two new family members as early as February 2014, one dubbed Galaxy Note 3 Lite and the other Grand Lite.
As the names suggest, the two won’t break any speed records, although I challenge you to call the Note 3 Lite a pushover. Rumor has it the big guy will closely resemble the original version of the Note 3 and cut but a few corners.
The Super AMOLED screen will be replaced with an LCD unit, the rear-facing camera will see its sensor reduced to 8 MP and there might be some kind of processor or RAM downsizing as well. There’s also gossip of Samsung testing two potential form factors, with 5.5 and 5.7-inch panels, albeit the chances of the OEM ultimately going for the former are slim.
Meanwhile, Grand Lite’s debut at next year’s MWC doesn’t make much sense as the Grand 2 has only seen daylight last week. The worst thing is the upcoming handheld won’t even up the ante over the Grand 2, as it’s tipped to sport a 5-inch WVGA display, quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM, 2,100 mAh battery, 5 MP camera and Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sounds like you have a hit and a miss on your hands there, Sammy.