While the competitors are busy trying to catch up with Samsung's success in the smartphone race, the South Korean giant is using some of its free time to come up with a few offbeat products.
In an attempt to give users the best of the past and the present, Samsung has now released the Galaxy Golden (SHV-E400): a new flip phone which has two touch-enabled screens, a traditional feature phone keyboard and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. All packed into a sleek clamshell design.
For now the device will be launched only in South Korea and there is no word on when it will be available in international markets. Reportedly, this happens to be the company's second Android-based flip phone since the Samsung Hennessy (W789 ), which was launched exclusively for China.
Galaxy Golden: Key Specs
The Galaxy Golden sports two 3.7 inch AMOLED displays, one outside and the other on the inside. Along with the interior display comes a traditional keyboard, giving you the texting and typing experience of a regular flip or feature phone. The device is powered by a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Further, it is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera
Apart from FM Radio, the Galaxy Golden comes with a host of connectivity options including Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. An 8 megapixel rear facing camera, 1.9MP front camera and it is loaded with 1820mAh battery.
As always, Samsung has filled the phone up with many of its homegrown apps. The list includes S Health, a business card app which recognizes contact details when clicking a photo of a business card, an app that serves as a TV program schedule guide, the S Translator which can translate 12 languages, either in voice or text, and several others.
With the launch of Samsung Galaxy Golden, Samsung is trying to win fans of the flip-phone generation by offering them a slice of nostalgia along with the goodness of two touch screens, an Android operating system and some high quality hardware. Meanwhile, only South Koreans can pick up the device from telecoms like SKT and KT for around $715 or Rs. 45,000.
Currently, Samsung Galaxy Golden has some tough competition to face in the market from the heavyweight Android handsets from HTC and Sony.
To name the devices that are bound the go hard on against are Xperia Z Ultra, LG Optimus G Pro, HTC One, Lumia 925, it's own sibling Samsung Galaxy S4 and also the Windows Phone 8 warrior - Nokia Lumia 925.
Almost all the devices fall in the similar price or will be lesser. Here below in the slides are the specs of these high end smartphones along with the updated price.
Nokia Lumia 925
The Nokia Lumia 925 sports a 4.5-inch display that offers a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels and 334ppi pixel density. Nokia Lumia 925 has a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz powering that display we mentioned earlier along with 1GB of RAM. The device runs on Windows Phone 8 platform. There is either 16GB or 32GB of non-expandable storage depending on region. Connectivity options include WiFi, 3G, NFC, LTE, USB and Bluetooth. The handset features an 8-megapixel rear facing camera with the Nokia PureView technology and around the front it has a 1.3-megapixel shooter and the handset uses a non-removable 2,000 mAh battery. Click here to buy :
HTC One sports a 4.7 inch Super LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by a 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor and runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. The HTC one also sports a 4MP UltraPixel rear camera with BSI sensor and a 2.1MP front camera for video calling. The handset houses 2GB RAM and comes with a 32GB internal storage. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G, high speed HSPA+, micro USB and it is eventually powered by a 2,300 mAh battery. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 43,490. HTC One comes with multiple features like HTC Blink Feed: Live Home Screen, 360° View: Perfect from Every Angle, NFC Support, Dual Frontal Stereo Speakers with Powerful Amplifiers, Full Metal Body with Zero Gaps, HTC Zoe: Photos with a Beginning; Middle and End and few more. Click here to buy.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Sony has become the talk of the town with its official launch Xperia Z Ultra in India at a price of Rs 46,990. Measuring only 6.5mm in terms of thickness the world's largest and slimmest handset boasts a 6.4-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Weighing at 212 grams, Sony Xperia Z Ultra is IP55 and IP58 certified, which makes it a water and dustproof handset. It also features super responsive display, which can be operated with a pen or even pencil works effortlessly. Other features of the phone include a 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory (expandable memory), Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 3G, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, NFC, an 8-mega pixel rear facing camera along with 2-mega pixel camera on front, and lastly 3,000mAh Li Ion battery. While, Sony's latest handset will have to face a tough smartphone war against Samsung and Apple biggies in the Indian market, there are chances that Xperia Z Ultra could manage to bring Sony in the front league, thanks to it's super smooth display and processor power. Click here to buy.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is indeed the most visible Android handset available in the Indian market. It uses quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The handset packs a 13-mega pixel rear camera with advanced optics along with 2 -mega pixel front facing camera in addition to enhanced software additions. Talking about the display, the manufacturer has added an Full HD ready 4.99-inch display. In the name of connectivity, you will get A-GPS, WI-Fi, 3G, DLNA, and Wi-Fi direct. Samsung is known for long lasting battery. So, expect a decent battery backup-thanks to 2600mAh Li Ion battery. The 16GB is the basic version in India which can expanded up to 64GB via microSD cards. Click here to buy.
LG Optimus G Pro
LG Optimus G Pro comes packed with a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD IPS Screen offering a massive resolution of 1920 x 1080 Pixels and 400 ppi Resolution along with 16 M color depth. The phablet comes with a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The handset runs on Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean platform with the layering of Optimus 3.0 User Interface. It is powered by a powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked to 1.7 GHz and comes with a Adreno 320 graphics and is backed by a 2GB RAM. The Optimus G Pro sports a massive 13 Megapixel rear camera and 2.1 MP front facing shooter. Both the cameras are capable of shooting video at 1080p@30fps and the best part lies in the dual-video recording. Connectivity option include GPRS, EDGE, 3G WiFi, USB connectivity, Bluetooth and DLNA and NFC. The phablet houses 16 GB (10.5 GB User Memory) internal storage capacity and is expandable up 64 GB via micro SD card. There is a massive 3140 mAh battery at the back of the handset which offers up to 598 h (2G) and up to 550 h (3G) of standby time and up to 31 h (2G) and up to 21 h (3G) of talktime. Click here to buy.