Although Samsung continues to comfortably dominate virtually all of the mobile landscape’s numerous little niches, fierce competition from rivals HTC and LG has recently shrunk the king’s market share — particularly at the low end, and especially in the phablet arena, where the Desire 816 and G Vista seem to outperform Galaxy Megas at competitive prices.
As such, Sammy needs phablet army reinforcements outside of the high-end Galaxy Note 4’s extravagant spectrum, and it needs them yesterday. But as always, the Koreans are ready to fight, with the Galaxy Mega 2 and cryptic SM-G739F looming large on the horizon.
The latter, just benchmarked over at GFX Bench, is more or less aimed at HTC’s Desire 816, sporting a 1,280 x 720 pixels (HD) 5.5-inch display. The quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip clocked at 1.6 GHz is identical to the one found inside HTC’s mid-range phablet contender, but the SM-G739F sacrifices the optics department to presumably keep the pricing bar low(er). Normally we wouldn’t call an 8 MP rear-facing camera subpar for mid-end standards, but compared to the 13 MP beaut on the back of the Desire 816, it clearly comes short of greatness.
And so does the onboard 1.5 GB RAM, although in that department the SM-G739F and Desire 816 are actually tied. No surprises on the software front, where Android 4.4.4 KitKat runs the show, so the release timetable and marketing branding remain the biggest mysteries on the table. Call it a hunch, but I’d expect the big guy to go official in mere weeks as the Galaxy Grand 3. A Grand 2 refresh is long overdue, ain’t it?
Via [GFX Bench]