January 4, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
After unveiling the Galaxy Ace Plus, a pretty good-looking entry level Android smartphone, Samsung has decided to insist on this market niche and has just introduced the Galaxy M Style phone.
The 4-inch smartphone is set to debut in Korea in just a couple of weeks time and, even though there’s no official word about it, it should also hit the US and European market before long.
In terms of design, the Galaxy M Style looks pretty similar to the I9103 Galaxy R, a smartphone released in August 2011. It doesn’t have a very stylish or elegant body, but it looks sturdy and slim enough to not make you ashamed of owning it. Measuring a mere 0.38 inches thick, the new Samsung phone is set to come in a bunch of different color schemes, including Platinum Silver, Blue Black and Lavender Pink models.
As for the hardware, this is clearly not an iPhone killer, but considering its target audience (technology enthusiasts on a budget), it should be pretty satisfying overall. The processor is a 1 GHz single-core Cortex-A8 unit which is not great, but should be enough for some light gaming and multimedia use.
The 4-inch screen is itself pretty nice, being a Super AMOLED capacitive unit with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, but looking at the camera and the internal storage space, you can’t help but feel Samsung could have done a better job. You therefore get a pretty poor 3 MPx camera and only 4 GB of internal memory, which is modest even for an entry-level smartphone.
Other features include WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot (thank God for that!), DMB support, accelerometer, gyro and compass. In terms of software, the phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the usual TouchWiz customizations on top, while the battery is a standard Li-Ion 1650 mAh unit with a still unknown autonomy.
As far as pricing is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy M Style should go for around 500 dollars in Korea, according to rumors. When and if the smartphone will be released in the US, though, it should cost less, if the guys at Samsung want to sell more than a couple of units…