CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo was another phone that PhoneRPT tested at the Samsung Africa Forum earlier this month, bringing Android to an affordable price-point.
Unlike its predecessor Galaxy Pocket S5300‘s 2.8″ display, the Neo has a 3″ screen also with QVGA resolution (240 x 320 pixels); a faster processor with the ARM Cortex A9′s 850 MHz instead of the former’s 832 MHz ARM 11; the same 2 megapixel camera; doubled HSPA speed at 7.2 mbps for downloads and 5.76 mbps for uploads; 512 MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (upgraded to the latest 4.0 version), and GPS.
Given the larger screen, the handset is a whole centimeter longer than the original Galaxy Pocket, but 0.2 mm thinner – there are no values for the weight of the device, but given its low-end specifications, it is expected to be quite comfortable to the hand, especially with its round edges.
Samsung will use the Galaxy Pocket Neo to establish a dominance in the entry-level smartphone segment, and besides the price, the look of the device, with its metal bezel, as illustrated in the images accompanying the article, make it a good alternative to the popular Galaxy S smartphones, especially for those not looking for a very advanced handset, or simply for an affordable Android phone.
There is no information on when the dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo will be available, but it seems that its market is limited mostly to Africa, India and other certain parts of Asia.