Sony has a budget-conscious smartphone aimed squarely at selfie addicts, Microsoft caters to the same target audience with the fresh Nokia Lumia 730, and before long Samsung will reportedly bring to light a mostly modest handheld donning a proficient front-facing camera as well.
Knowing Samsung’s dedication for filling every little gap of the vast mobile market with choices for all budgets, it’s sure odd to realize the Koreans are yet to supply the continuously growing selfie-obsessed crowd with one single low-cost option.
I mean, the Galaxy is ample enough for several muscular rugged “stars”, there’s room for experimental curved gizmos and even a side panel-sporting phablet, but duckface junkies can’t get some lovin’? No matter their financial possibilities, mind you, as the best Sammy can do in the high-end scene is put a 3.7 MP secondary cam on the GNote 4.
For now, that is, because an unreleased and unannounced Galaxy Grand Prime just emerged in Taiwan, complete with a 5 megapixel selfie-dedicated front snapper. Granted, that’s no match for the 8 MP powerhouse fitted on phones like Huawei’s Ascend P7. Not to mention the dual 13 MP-packing Meitu 2. Or Oppo’s swiveling 13 megapixel N1.
Then again, the Grand Prime looks to offer a solid alternative for the sensibly priced Lumia 730 rather than the extravagant Oppo N1. As such, the list of features on the whole isn’t exactly impressive. In fact, it’s a mix of cringe worthy material and distinct mediocrity.
The 960 x 540 pixels resolution 5-inch screen certainly falls in the former category, whereas the quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor inside, 1 GB RAM and 8 MP rear-facing camera can probably be filed under decidedly mediocre specs.
Overall though, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime isn’t so horrible. As long as pricing rumors pan out and Asians will be able to pick the 5-inch Android up for the equivalent of roughly $240 starting next month. With KitKat out the box and no 4G LTE support, the Prime could spread out to select European territories in time for the holidays. Meanwhile, a US launch is a long shot, albeit you shouldn’t completely rule it out.