Samsung is working on yet another mid-range handset and this time around, it looks like the phone will be a refresh of the Galaxy Grand Prime, a phone that was first launched around two years ago.
In fact, a phone going by the name Galaxy Grand Prime was just cleared by the Federal Communications Commission for release in the U.S., Not only that, but the phone popped up on Geekbench a few weeks ago, giving us a look at the specs of the upcoming smartphone.
The FCC filing does not just clear the phone for sale in the U.S., but it shows off a few of the expected specs for the phone. For example, the filing suggests the phone will be available in a dual-SIM variant. Under the hood, according to the previous Geekbench log, the phone will feature a MediaTek 1.4GHz processor, along with 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Not only that, but it will have 1.5GB of RAM and will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. The display will have a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. On Geekbench, it managed to achieve a single-core score of 640 and a multi-core score of 1,884. Not bad scores, to be sure, but certainly not anywhere near flagship quality.
Those specs are not really anything groundbreaking — but that is not really the point of the phone. What will really determine how great the device is will be its price and for these specs, it would be disappointing if the phone cost more than $250.
Interestingly enough, the original Galaxy Grand Prime launched with very similar specs — it featured a 540 x 960 pixel 5-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The only real difference was that it had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. It will be interesting to see if the phone has any uniqueness to it once it launches.
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