Samsung’s new Galaxy Pocket laughs at cheap Windows Phones

Samsung Galaxy PocketSamsung has announced a new mobile phone to add to its already massive range of Android devices, but rather than being a super-special, top-of-the-range monster, it’s a very ordinary handset with a set of basic features. If you’re wondering why you should care, it’s because it’s Samsung’s response to the growing threat of a cheap Windows Phone.

The phone in question is the Samsung Galaxy Pocket, and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is displayed on a 2.8-inch touchscreen with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution. An 832Mhz processor can be found inside, while a 2-megapixel camera can be found on the rear of the phone’s casing. Just 3GB of internal memory is on hand to store your pictures, music and apps.

Other features include Wi-Fi, 3G with HSDPA connectivity, a microSD card slot to increase the storage by up to 32GB, plus an FM radio too. Android is covered in Samsung’s TouchWiz skin, and there’s the usual array of the company’s apps too, including the cross-platform messenger service called ChatON.

At 12mm thick and 97 grams in weight, the Galaxy Pocket screams “I’m very, very average” at passers-by. Which is exactly what a lot of consumers want, especially as the Pocket will be very, very cheap too.

Pricing

How cheap? Samsung hasn’t said yet, but as the aging S5570 Galaxy Mini — which has a slightly larger screen and a better camera — can be had for £100/$140 unlocked, there’s a good chance it’ll be available for double-figures in both currencies.

There are plenty of bargain Android phones already on the market, but most are branded by a network or wear less desirable brand names. Samsung has plenty of cache, a fact backed up by its status as the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer.

Android too, is astonishingly popular, and although many will lust after the Galaxy S II and all its competitors, most will just be looking for a cheap phone for themselves, their family or as a second handset.

You probably know all this already, as it was revealed at Mobile World Congress that there are now 850,000 new Android activations per day, a figure which speaks for itself.

It’s good, solid, cheap phones like the Galaxy Pocket which make up a fair chunk of that massive figure too, and it’s this performance that Microsoft is chasing with Windows Phone .

Nokia Lumia 610 PressCompetition

The Nokia Lumia 610 was revealed at Mobile World Congress, and it’ll sit in the cheap seats alongside the Lumia 710 and other devices such as the ZTE Orbit for Windows Phone later this year.

Windows Phone Tango will drop the minimum spec requirements needed to run the OS, and in turn the price of the hardware will drop too. But the Lumia 610 is going to cost £160/$250 unlocked, and even though it has a better camera and larger screen than the Pocket, it still represents the cheapest Windows Phone option.

Down at this end of the pricing scale, cheaper means better and at the moment, Windows Phone doesn’t have an answer for phones such as the Galaxy Pocket.

Nokia has its Asha series of smart feature phones which can easily compete with the Galaxy Pocket, except they run on Nokia’s Series 40. It’s perfectly suited to this level, but as it isn’t really a smartphone OS, it doesn’t have quite the same customer pull as Android.

The Lumia 610 is cheap, but it looks like Microsoft will need to make Windows Phone even cheaper if it wants to truly compete with Android.

Mobile

The Cat S48c is the phone for construction workers, or the clumsy

The Cat S48c is a rugged smartphone that's available from Sprint. It mixes midrange specs with a huge battery wrapped in an extremely tough and protective body. If you need a phone that can survive the construction site, then this is it.
Mobile

HMD Global confirms which Nokia phones will definitely receive Android Pie

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

Get $100 discount on the Razer Phone 2 for a limited time

The Razer Phone 2 is finally here, and it's got upgraded specs, that super-smooth 120Hz display, and an updated design. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.
Mobile

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.
Deals

Save up to $950 with the best smartphone deals for January 2019

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $950.
Product Review

Honor schools other phone makers on design with the hole-punch View 20

The Honor View 20 is Honor’s best phone to date. Why? Just look at the punch hole screen, the striking design, and the exciting 48-megapixel camera for evidence. Here’s our review.
Mobile

Photograph your meal with the Foodvisor app for caloric, nutritional estimates

Many of us understand the importance of a healthy diet, but counting calories and diving into nutritional data is a lot of work. The Foodvisor app for Android or iOS gives you a calorific and nutritional breakdown of your food from a photo.
Wearables

With weeklong battery life, the new Honor Watches are a real Dream to wear

Honor has unveiled the new Honor View 20, one of the best smartphones of the year. Alongside it, however, the company also took the wraps off of the new Honor Watch Magic and Honor Watch Dream.
Mobile

2019's 10 best dating apps to help you find the perfect companion

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.
Mobile

Moschino glams up the 48-megapixel Honor View 20 at Paris launch

After its success with the View 10 in 2018, Honor has announced its sequel, the Honor View 20 with an entirely new type of display which has a hole-punch for the camera rather than a notch.
Mobile

Embrace your inner Dr. Frankenstein with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and this cool app

Ever wanted to make your favorite toy come alive? If so, and you have a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, then you need to grab the 3D Live Maker app and try out some augmented reality magic. Here's how to use it.
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus photo leaks with dual front-facing camera

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.
Social Media

Google will begin shutting down the classic Hangouts app in October

Google confirmed that it will begin retiring the classic Google Hangouts app in October. The company will start by pushing users to move to the new Google Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.
Mobile

Xiaomi shows how its folding smartphone will look, and you’re going to love it

Xiaomi is the latest manufacturer to show off a folding smartphone prototype. The unnamed phone has a different design than others we've seen, adopting a double fold where the sides of the screen fold over the back of the device.