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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo announced

13 Apr 2013

 

Samsung has confirmed that it is adding yet another device to its crowded Galaxy line-up of Android handsets, bringing the previously Africa-exclusive Galaxy Pocket Neo to the UK next month.

Designed for budget-conscious consumers who don't want to carry around something as bulky as the Galaxy S4 or freshly-announced Galaxy Mega, the Galaxy Pocket Neo is a pebble-shaped smartphone featuring a 3in 320x240 touch-screen, a rear-facing two megapixel camera, a single-core processor running at 850MHz, 3G HSPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, 4GB of internal storage - expandable via a micro-SD card slot - and 512MB of RAM.

 

 

While certainly easy to slip in a pocket, it's questionable just how much of a 'smart' phone experience the Galaxy Pocket Neo will offer buyers: its single-core processor and 512MB of memory are positively anaemic when compared to the dual-core processors and 1GB or more of the competition, while its low-resolution screen will make web browsing extremely painful.

For those who use their smartphones primarily for communication, however, the Galaxy Neo Pocket could still be a worthwhile purchase: email and text messaging should both work fine, even on the small and low-resolution display, while it should offer reasonable talk time even from the compact 1,200mAh battery.

 

Behind the distinctly entry-level hardware, Samsung will be launching the handset running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - just one point revision behind the very latestAndroid 4.2 that ships on Google's own-brand devices like the Nexus 4. As usual, the software will be running Samsung's own TouchWiz interface overlaid on top of Android, providing a familiar appearance for those who have used a Galaxy handset in the past.

 

 

For those who use their smartphones primarily for communication, however, the Galaxy Neo Pocket could still be a worthwhile purchase: email and text messaging should both work fine, even on the small and low-resolution display, while it should offer reasonable talk time even from the compact 1,200mAh battery.

The key, however, is going to be price: if Samsung wants to sell the Galaxy Pocket Neo in the UK, it's going to have to do so at a considerable discount compared to anything else in its Galaxy line-up. Thus far, the company has not confirmed pricing, only that it will be announcing more details closer to the mid-May launch.

 

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