Samsung has made great strides in the smartphone segment in the past few years all thanks to their much hyped and appreciated Galaxy Range of smartphones. Samsung has recorded massive sales in Q1, 2012, to the tune of 60M smartphones, most significant part of the sales being from the Samsung Galaxy Note, S2 and Y.
Today, Samsung Galaxy is synonymous to Android phones. With countless phones and models to suit just about any kind of consumers, Samsung have grown its market share significantly.
Appbrain statistics on Top 10 Smartphones will give you an idea of just how popular Samsung Galaxy smartphones are.
With 7/10 of the top 10 being occupied by Samsung Galaxy, it isn’t surprising that Samsung are the kings of the Android market.
In 2012, Samsung is set to repeat the same magic with mind blowing sequels to several of it’s hit phones. Here’s a look at Samsung’s growing Galaxy range
#1. Samsung Galaxy Mini 2
The phone is an entry level offering with a 3.21” display with a decent resolution of 320*480 pixels. The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by an 800 MHz processor which is a great offering for an entry level smartphone.
With a 3MP camera on the back, the phone offers a decent camera for the entry level customer. The camera also comes with geo-tagging feature, letting you share the photos online with location instantaneously. It has 4GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 32GB using a micro SD card. Coupled with a 1300mAh battery, this phone can keep you entertained with at least 40hrs of Music.
The phone is expected to arrive by April 2012.
#2. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102
Samsung Galaxy Y Duos will be an even more attractive package for the entry level customer with its Dual Sim offering. The phone runs on both 2G and 3G and offers Wi-Fi connectivity along with Bluetooth 3.0 and micro USB connectivity options. Samsung has done the basics right with this one, offering Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 832Mhz processor and 384 MB internal Ram.
The OS will definitely be a thrill for all entry level smartphone users. The phone comes with a 3MP camera with geo-tagging featuring making it a shade better than the predecessor, which offered only a 2MP camera.
Samsung Galaxy Y is perfect for young professionals and collegeins with an affordable price of Rs 8990.
#3. Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos I589
Samsung Galaxy Ace has an almost cult following from Android fans due to its sheer value for money. The phone was conveniently purchased in the mid-range and offered almost premium features. Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos aims to better the value with a Dual Sim upgrade.
The phone has its draw backs considering a down grade of camera from 5MP in Samsung Galaxy Ace to the 3MP camera. The LED flash is missing too for this camera. The phone however does offer a decent media interface and is a great offer for CDMA buyers.
The phone lets you use both CDMA and GSM networks simultaneously thanks to its unique Dual Sim Dual Active technology. The phone comes with Android 2.3Gingerbread and is powered by a 832Mhz processor, making it a decent experience for mid-range users.
The phone is available in India at a convenient price of Rs 13,490.
#4. Samsung Galaxy Pocket
Samsung Galaxy Pocket is the most recent addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Range. The name seems quiet strange, but the phone is no less impressive than the other Samsung brethren in this post. Samsung Galaxy Pocket is pitched at the affordable low end smartphone customer with a 2.8” capacitive touch screen and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS to boot.
The phone is powered by an 832 MHz processor. The phone has a 2MP camera with geo-tagging feature with it. The phone boasts of no great features, yet in its small curved look and hardware capabilities, it seems a promising offering for the low price segment. The phone is expected to work for quad band 2G and dual band 3G networks with internet connectivity through GPRS/EDGE and Wi-Fi. The phone does have the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, definitely a useful feature for a phone at this end of the spectrum.
Samsung Galaxy Pocket price makes it just too irresistible at Rs. 6990.
#5. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500
Samsung Galaxy Ace is an upgrade on the much regarded Samsung Galaxy Ace. The phone has taken Ace to a whole new level with an upgraded OS (Android Gingerbread 2.3.6) and a refurbished UI (Samsung Touch Wiz 4.0).
The screen has grown to 3.65” from the original 3.5” and the processor has gained significant speed, growing from the original 800 MHz processor to 1Ghz. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is packed with tons of apps and features such as a 5MP camera with autofocus, LED flash and additional features like geo-tagging, face and smile detection.
The phone runs on quad band 2G and dual band 3G and connects to the internet through EDGE/GPRS or Wi-Fi. The phone is a great value for money purchase for those moving from a feature phone to smartphone or even for those looking for an upgrade over their low end smartphones.
The phone is now available in India for Rs 14,499.
#6. Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070
Samsung Galaxy S Advance aims at creating a place in between the two Samsung Galaxy giants, Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S2. The phone promises the best of the premium Android experience at convenient price.
The phone sports a massive 4.0” touch screen and runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3 with a proposed upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone has a 1 GHz Dual Core processor and 768 RAM making for a smooth smartphone experience. The phone has a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.
There is a 1.3MP secondary camera providing for a truly premium smartphone experience. Samsung has pulled out all stops with this phone offering just about all the specifications as the Samsung galaxy S2 with some minor yet justifiable cut backs.
Samsung Galaxy S Advance is expected to hit the markets in April 2012.
#7. Samsung Galaxy Beam I8520
If you are looking for the kind of phone that you can show off to every living soul on the planet, Samsung Galaxy Beam will surely leave you beaming with pride. A dual core smartphone with Android Gingerbread 2.3 running on this phone makes it almost irresistible.
With a 5MP camera with autofocus, LED flash the phone has pretty much everything an amateur photographer desires. The camera has additional features like geo-tagging, touch focus and face and smile detection.
The phone comes with just about every feature you would want from a premium smartphone and one super special feature. Samsung Galaxy Beam comes with a HD projector in built. Now you can show off videos and pictures to your friends on giant screens or walls. Samsung Galaxy Beam is a phone for those seeking attention and there is no shortage of premium features.
Expect this phone to beam down from Samsung in the second quarter of 2012.
#8. Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300
This phone is so heavily anticipated, that even whilst the company has not made an official announcement, vendors have lined up for pre-booking, customers have already marked their Christmas shopping list and tech posts such as this one, have already made their opinions clear.
Samsung Galaxy S3 is the next big thing from Android, just as its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S2 was in 2011. The phone has grown in size, become smarter and gained a whole new OS just to make things as irresistible as possible. Expect a razor thin profile and a giant 4.6” AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.
The phone would roll out with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS powered by a 1.8GHz processor. Gadget buffs and critics expect several added features to this quad band 2G, quad band 3G and 4G LTE mammoth.
The phone will feature a 12MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The camera will have all the additional features such as geo-tagging, face and smile detection and even image stabilization for taking the best pictures. There are many more great features about this phone that are still half rumors and facts, but expect the best performance any Android can give for a long time.
Galaxy S3 is by far the most touted phone for 2012, with over 10 million pre orders said to have been made by channel partners . Recently it even saw a massive burst of demand when the German site of Amazon put the phone up for pre-order “mistakenly”.
Will Samsung become No.1?
Samsung has grown significantly in the last year doing what it does best: create a product for every kind of market segment and for every perceivable customer.
There’s a mobile phone waiting just around the corner for just about anyone, the deal hunter, the young businessmen, the attention seeker or for those looking for the best android experience.
Will the year ahead be Samsung’s accent to top as mobile phone market leader? Do drop in your comments.