The Galaxy S3 is one serious piece of hardware and is widely considered to be the current king of all Android phones. Of course, with that title and flagship status comes an equivalent price tag, and while many of us would like to have one, sadly our wallets can’t afford it. Enter the Galaxy S Duos, which looks like a dead ringer for the S3 in the press shots. While it may not be as powerful as the S3, there is still a lot to love about it, such as the dual SIM functionality and quite decent specs that aren’t typically common on multi-SIM phones.
Galaxy S Duos Specs
- Android 4.0 out of the box
- Dual SIM Always On
- 4″ TFT LCD screen at 480×800 resolution (WVGA)
- 1Ghz single core CPU
- Adreno 200 GPU
- 768MB RAM
- 4Gb internal storage, expandable to 32Gb via MicroSD
- 5mp primary camera, VGA front-facing camera
- GPS with A-GPS assist
- Up to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
- WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
- 1,500mAh battery
- Nature UX TouchWiz UI Overlay
Those specs put its performance within the realm of the original Galaxy S and will allow it to run a lot of today’s apps pretty smoothly. The 768MB RAM is decent, since most other mid-range Android phones only have 512MB at most. The Adreno 200 GPU isn’t the best out there, far from it actually, but it will allow you to play higher end games with 3D graphics. The battery is rated at 1,500mAh, which is good and is surprisingly larger than the one that came with the Galaxy S2, but that Dual SIM Always On feature might suck at the battery faster. It’s hard to tell, what with there being so few higher end dual SIM Androids.
Design-wise, it looks like Samsung is trying to unify the design of their current wave of Galaxy phones. It began with the Galaxy S3, then with the Galaxy Chat, which should already be in Europe and should hit our shores pretty soon. Now we have the Galaxy S Duos, which looks like a “mini me” of the S3 with the smaller body. The white finish of the S Duos isn’t as glossy as that on the S3 so it doesn’t look as much like a toy, at least for the white version in my opinion.
Most people don’t think of dual SIM phones as being high end, and the only other phone that can be classified as such that come to mind in the Philippine market right now is the HTC Desire V, and no the Ace Duos doesn’t count. That’s the great thing about phones like these. They give people who need that dual SIM functionality a better choice in terms of design and performance, whereas before, they would have been limited to feature phones and dumb phones. No word on pricing yet, but Samsung will start rolling the Galaxy S Duos out in Europe starting in September, and then gradually to other territories.