Samsung Galaxy WIN, A Quad-Core Smartphone at 17.9k and Still May Not be Worth it!
Couple of days back, Samsung announced launch of a quad-core budget smartphone at a price of Rs. 17,900/-.
Now, for that price a quad-core phone, that too from brand like Samsung may sound very enticing to many, as it seems comparable to Micromax A116 HD in terms of features as well as price. But, that may not be that enticing after all, and here is why!
Lets look at the specs and features first – The Samsung Galaxy Win has a 4.7 inch screen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. It has 8GB of internal storage and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This dual sim phone also has a decent battery rating of 2000 mAh. The biggest USP of Galaxy Win is it’s quad core processor, but the question is – How good is this quad core processor? Lets find out.
Samsung Galaxy Win has a 1.2 GHz quad core processor which is a Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 unit and it is based Cortex A5 architecture. Comparatively, the Canvas HD utilizes a 1.2 GHz quad core Mediatek MTK MT6589 processor which is based on Cortex A7 architecture.
Now Cortex A5 architecture is a relatively older architecture than the A7 and despite being a quad core processor, is nowhere near the A7 architecture when it comes to performance.
The processor of the Galaxy Win gets coupled with an Adreno 203 GPU which also is an old school GPU, whereas the Canvas HD gets a PowerVR SGX544 GPU which is way ahead a GPU in terms of performance.
Bottom line, you won’t be able to play the high end games you think you’ll be able to play on the so called quad core smartphone. These are the same internals as the Karbonn Titanium S1 and S5 which cost way less than the Galaxy Win.
Galaxy Win runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung will optimizing the device pretty well for the usage of customers and will give it the Android 4.2 treatment as well for sure but the processor just does not live up to the quad core tag.
Having said that, it may be a great device for the first time smartphone users who are looking to upgrade from their feature phones. But then, I would still rate a Micromax Canvas A116 as a much better bet for them as well!
The Galaxy Win gets a 1GB RAM to help it multitask easily and the internal memory stands at 8GB which can be expanded by another 32GB. A 5MP camera present at the rear will be available for clicking pictures whereas a 0.3MP up front will facilitate your last minute vanity checks. The camera can shoot videos in 720p resolution but only at the rate of 15fps whereas almost every mid-range smartphone can do it at the rate of 30fps.
3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be present for connectivity. Samsung has brought an old wine in a new bottle for the first time users and is targeting first time users with its strong brand image in Indian market. With a price tag of Rs. 17,900/-, many rookie users may immediately jump on it thinking of it as a bargain.
Though it sure is a smart move by Samsung to target that segment, users are advised to look at this smartphone with little more kno