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Samsung rolls out Galaxy Core II, Ace 4, Young 2 and Star 2 phones for emerging markets

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Galaxy_Core_2Samsung means business in the low-cost smartphone market sector, and to thoroughly prove that point, the Android kings have just taken the wraps off four humble handhelds that should really be honored they’re (distantly) related to heavyweights like the Galaxy S5.

The Galaxy Core II (yeah, another Core family member) leads the quartet, and is by far the beefiest slab of the bunch, although that still means it’s aimed at users on pretty tight budgets. Who, according to Samsung, want the “optimal mix of style, portability and power”.

I don’t know if I’d call a 4.5 incher with a WVGA display, quad-core 1.2 GHz chip and 768 MB RAM powerful, but I guess it’s fairly stylish and slim (9.8 mm thick, 138 grams heavy), and priced correctly, it could become a best-seller.

Unless it goes toe-to-toe with Motorola’s Moto G or E in retail costs, in which case it doesn’t stand a chance, what with its lack of 4G support, modest 5 MP rear camera and woeful 4 GB on-board storage space.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Ace 4 does pack (non-standard) LTE speeds, in addition to 1 gig of RAM, slashed in half for the 3G-only variation. The dual-core chip is clocked at 1.2 GHz when paired with a 4G modem, and 1 GHz in the 3G configuration, whereas the juicer weighs in at 1,800 and 1,500 mAh respectively.

Finally, the Galaxy Young 2 and Star 2 are extremely similar… in that they are painfully crappy, and suitable solely for small children who don’t know any better. 3.5-inch HVGA screens? Single-core 1 GHz processors? 1,300 mAh cells? Forget it, Samsung, I’d rather score a “dumb phone” with one of those retro slide-out QWERTY keyboards.

On the bright side, all four low-enders run Android 4.4 KitKat out the box. Nope, not enough to warrant a purchase. Maybe the Core II or LTE Ace 4. Maybe.

Via [Samsung Tomorrow]

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