Samsung has silently made available its Galaxy S Duos 2 in India for Rs 10,790. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S Duos, too is selling for around Rs 10000. So what does the new phone brings to the table?
Galaxy S Duos 2 vs Galaxy S Duos:
Both come with dual SIM slots, 5 megapixel primary camera, LED flash, and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. Infact, both the phones look like twins with equal dimensions – 63.1×121.5×10.57 mm. The new handset weighs 118 grams against 120 grams of the older one. There could be few design elements in the new phone but at this juncture we are not in a position to tell the difference as we have not yet see the new one.
The new phone too has a 4 inch touchscreen that too with 480×800 pixels resolution as the older Galaxy S Duos. Both have in fact the same 1500 mAh battery. Also the two have 4 GB ROM and 768 MB RAM.
The major differences between the two are: the new Galaxy S Duos 2 comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system while the older version has Android 4.0 ICS operating system. The new entrant has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor against 1 GHz single core processor of the older Galaxy S Duos. Also, the new phone’s 5 megapixel camera can record HD videos while the older one is able to capture videos in 480×800 pixels resolution. In the new phone, there is 64 GB micro SD card slot while in the older there is a 32 GB card slot.
Galaxy S Duos 2 vs Others:
The new Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 has been launched in a very crowded segment with very ordinary features. It does not have an HD display, nor has a quad core processor or 1 GB RAM which is becoming common in this segment. But Samsung has armed with enough features like 5 megapixel rear camera with ability to capture HD videos, and 64 GB micro SD card slot – the best in its segment.
Though its dual core processor and 768 MB RAM sounds puny in front of quad core processors and 1 GB RAM, we won’t pass a judgement until our own test. A well optimised dual core processor could prove better Mediatek’s quad core processors.
From MNC brands there are LG Optimus L5 II Dual, HTC Desire U, Sony Xperia Tipo Dual in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment but neither of them come close to the Galaxy S Duos 2 in terms of features. However, there are many alternatives which also look a lot better if you are not brand conscious which include Xolo X910, Xolo Q800, Karbonn Titanium S2, Intex Aqua i5, Micromax Canvas 2 Plus, Lenovo Ideaphone S720, Spice Coolpad 2 etc.