Two new entry-level Samsung Android handsets showed face at the company’s Mobile World Congress booth this year: the Samsung Galaxy Young and its marginally larger brother, the Samsung Galaxy Fame.
The Galaxy Fame aims to dole out a TouchWiz Nature UX-laden Jelly Bean UI with the idea of providing a premium smartphone experience without the cost. The hardware is a far departure from the flagship Galaxy S3 with which it’s following in the footsteps of, but nonetheless, it did impress with its compact form and responsive nature.
The front 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) screen struggled in the bright lights of the convention hall with weak maximum brightness and poor viewing angles, however the colour balance and contrast levels seemed decent, with more natural lighting likely suiting the Fame’s modest display better.
In the hand the Fame feels surprisingly well built, featuring an all-plastic construction with a Hyperglaze feel to the removable back panel. There’s also space for a 1300mAh removable battery, a microSIM and a microSD card (up to 64GB) on top of the 4GB of inbuilt storage. On The outside, the Fame’s back also features a 5-megapixel camera complete with an LED flash and the plucky little handset even caters to video calling with a VGA front facer too.
Users shouldn’t expect heavy duty 3D games to run buttery smooth on the Fame as it’s powered by a 1GHz single-core chip with just 512MB of RAM, but from our brief encounter, the TouchWiz Nature UX overlay was impressively responsive, far better than we’d anticipated, which should serve as a good entry-level device for new smartphone users.
Both the Fame and the Young are expected to hit the UK in March this year.