Bringing JellyBean 4.1 to the masses, the Samsung Galaxy Fame was unveiled earlier this week at the tech giant's South Korean headquarters, getting them ahead of the curve by announcing prior to MWC 2013. So here at O2 Deals we've put together a rundown for you and gathered together all the latest news and information, because we're good like that.
UK stores will start stocking this coming March 2013. And with lots of interesting features to tempt, at what we suspect will be a very affordable price, there's plenty to look forward to with the Galaxy Fame.
It's a head turning little number, with trademark Samsung styling that comes in two colour variants: pearl white and metallic blue. Provided Samsung get the price right, we imagine this phone will appeal to youths and first-time smartphone users, who don't require all the tech gadgetry and wizardry of a high-end phone but still want up-to-date technology.
There'll also be a Dual-Sim release of the Samsung Galaxy Fame, allowing you to use two O2 sim cards in your phone (so you can make and receive calls and texts from two different numbers, and choose which sim you want to access the internet via) without having to swap them over. No word as yet on whether we can expect this version to hit UK shores or whether we'll have to make do without.
Android JellyBean 4.1 OS (skinned in Samsung's TouchWiz UI) certainly delivers that. Specs look pretty decent for an entry-level handset, too. The Galaxy Fame delivers a 3.5" HVGA TFT screen at 320 x 480 resolution, 512MB RAM paired with a 1GHz single-core processor will deliver a respectable level of performance, and 4GB storage (with an extra 64GB once you've beefed it up with a microSD card) gives you room aplenty to store apps and all your multimedia.
Speaking of multimedia, the Samsung Galaxy Fame packs a 5MP main camera with auto-focus and LED flash, as well as a 0.3MP front-facing VGA camera. And there are good connectivity options, too, because the Fame is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and optional NFC technology. NFC capability is an impressive addition to this spec, considering it's usually the stuff of premium devices. Good value all round, then.
Technology like Samsung's intuitive motion gestures controls lets you update the widgets on your homescreen just by shaking your phone, while placing it face-down silences incoming calls. Samsung Game Hub Lite optimises games especially for your phone's performance capabilities, ensuring compatibility and lag aren't an issue. And with S Cloud also featuring on the Galaxy fame, you can sync and back up your phone contents in an instant. Or two.
Samsung have thus far kept schtum regarding the Galaxy Fame's pricing, but this is an entry-level device and here at O2 Deals we're expecting pricing to reflect that. Keep checking back for updates!