It’s no big secret anymore that Samsung plans to expand its already far-reaching Galaxy of smartphones with at least two O-series models. These may go against the recent single-letter branding trend, and carry more convoluted Grand On and Mega On monikers to put the spotlight on their large screens.
But rumor has it the Galaxy Grand On isn’t that “grand”, with a 5-inch 720p screen in tow, and generally unremarkable specs like a quad-core 1.3GHz Exynos 3745 SoC, 1GB RAM, 8 and 5MP cameras, 8GB ROM, Android 5.1 Lollipop software, and 2,600 mAh battery.
On the bright side, an FCC regulatory visit reportedly shows there’s 4G LTE connectivity support aboard the mid-ranger, which should keep its emerging market success hopes afloat. As long as it hits the pricing sweet spot, that is, and rolls out to Asian and European stores soon, before the affordable scene gets even more crowded and competitive.
Meanwhile, an ultra-low-end, 3G-only derivation of the 4G-enabled Samsung Galaxy J2 apparently sought approval from the Federal Communications Commission also, probably targeting the most cash-strapped consumers in countries such as India or Singapore.
The J2, mind you, even with LTE on tap, sells for the meek equivalent of around $125 while offering 4.7 inches of qHD Super AMOLED mediocrity, quad-core Exynos 3745 power, 1 gig of memory, and 2,000 mAh cell juice.