Samsung has launched a trio of smartphones in India on Thursday in the sub Rs 8,000 price bracket. The cheapest of the three is the Galaxy Star 2 and it is priced at Rs 5,100. At this price mark, there are a few noteworthy offerings in the market with better specifications. However, being a Samsung smartphone, this device could gain the traction and here is a quick review on the same.

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Camera and Internal Storage

The primary snapper of this device is available with a basic 2 MP camera that is devoid any additional feature such as LED flash or a front-facer to enhance the user experience. This way, users will not be able to stay updated with the current trend of clicking selfies and making video calls.

The internal storage capacity is a standard 4 GB and as it cannot house all the content and software, there is a provision for users to expand the same by another 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card. Though such a paltry storage space is a downside, this is standard among the budget offerings in the entry-level market segment.

Processor and Battery

The processor embedded in the device is a 1.3 GHz single-core one of unspecified chipset. Currently, the entry-level offerings arrive with capable dual-core and quad-core processors making the Galaxy Star 2 a weird smartphone that is still stuck on to a single-core chipset. There is a 512 MB of RAM accompanying this smartphone and it should be fine for basic multi-tasking.

A 1,300 mAh battery is a huge turn off for the smartphone as it could not deliver great hours of backup to the device. However, this battery should suffice in powering the single-core device with entry-level specs without much hassle.

Display and Features

The size of the display used on the device is a small 3.5 inch panel that features a screen resolution of 320×480 pixels. This low screen resolution in turn translates to a pixel density of 165 ppi that is again meager for an entry-level phone to handle the basic specifications.

The Galaxy Star 2 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat with the Samsung TouchWiz Essence UI on top. Furthermore, there is support for 12 Indian languages and free bundled 200 MB of data per month for six months from Vodafone. Connectivity wise, the device has 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Comparison

The Galaxy Star 2 will definitely struggle to compete with the other devices in the entry-level segment including Asus Zenfone 4, Karbonn Smart A11 Star, Xolo A500s IPS and others.

Model Samsung Galaxy Star 2
Display 3.5 inch, 320×480
Processor 1 GHz Single Core
RAM 512 MB
Internal Storage 4 GB, Expandable up to 32
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 2 MP
Battery 1,300 mAh
Price Rs 5,100

What we Like

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Regional language support

What we Dislike

  • Lack of 3G connectivity
  • No front-facing camera

Price and Conclusion

The Galaxy Star 2 is priced competitively at Rs 5,100, but the device appears to have compromised on some major factors in order to keep its pricing low. Well, Samsung has utilized a single-core processor, a basic camera set lacking LED flash and front-facer and a paltry battery. Despite these aspects, the Galaxy Star 2 will appeal to those consumers who are on the look for a Samsung phone for an upgrade of their feature phone.