Samsung has made its intentions for 2013 clear by launching 3 back-to-back Galaxy WiFi-only variants ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), scheduled to be held in Barcelona from February 25. Galaxy S3 felt too large in some hands. Samsung has resolved the problem by introducing not one, but three smaller WiFi-only Galaxy devices: Galaxy Young, Galaxy Fame and Galaxy Xcover 2.
Samsung Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame
Today, Samsung announced 2 more mid-range Galaxy models, Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame. Both phones have almost identical specs and run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on 1 GHz dual core processors. Galaxy Young is slightly smaller at 58.6×109.4×12.5 mm compared to 113.2×61.6×11.6 mm for Galaxy Fame. Galaxy Fame is almost a millimeter thinner, but about 8 grams heavier than Galaxy Young.
Galaxy Young has a 3.27-inch HVGA TFT display, which is about a quarter of an inch smaller than the 3.5 inch Fame display. Galaxy Young has 768 MB RAM, which Samsung has squeezed to 500 MB in Galaxy Fame. Both phones 4 GB internal storage, extendable via the microSD card slot by 64 GB for Galaxy Fame and to 32 GB for Galaxy Young. Galaxy Fame has a front VGA and rear 5 megapixel camera, while Galaxy Young just has a 3 megapixel camera at the back. Galaxy Fame also surpasses Galaxy Young in connectivity. Young can connect via Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0, while Fame also includes A-GPS, Glonass and NFC (optional).
Galaxy Young will be available in white, wine red, deep blue, and metallic silver. Galaxy Fame comes in Pearl White and Metallic Blue colours. Both devices will have dual-SIM variants for some markets.
Galaxy Xcover 2: A Rugged Smartphone for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Only last week, we saw Samsung announce Galaxy Xcover 2, a rugged smartphone for people with an active and outdoor lifestyle. Xcover 2 is dust and sand proof, and even water resistant. You can immerse it in water up to 1 meter deep for up to half an hour, and hopefully, it will still be working. It can even snap images under water, using the 5 megapixel back camera. Xcover 2 also flaunts some intuitive features like a motion UI, which lets you shake and update or turn over the phone to make it go quiet.
Samsung Xcover 2 measures 130.5×67.7×12 mm and is a hefty beast because of its 148.5 gram solid weight. It has a dual core 1GHz processor under the hood and sports a 1 GB RAM with a rather modest 4 GB internal storage. Not to worry though, as you can increase it by up to 32 GB using the microSD card slot. Xcover 2 runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 on a 4 inch WVGA TFT LCD display. Connectivity features include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, A-GPS and Glonass.
All three Galaxy WiFi-only variants are preloaded with Samsung’s proprietary apps, ChatON messenger, S-Cloud, S Voice, Best Shot, Smart Stay and apps from the Samsung Hub like Readers Hub, Video Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub. Samsung hasn’t revealed the prices and availability dates yet, but we hope all three phones will be available for purchase by the end of February.