It’s been reported that Samsung has an Android Go smartphone in development. This device was first said to be in testing in four countries in the Indian subcontinent. But if a new report is to be believed, Samsung has much bigger plans for its first Android Go smartphone.
Beyond India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Samsung Android Go smartphone is said to be in testing across Europe, Latin America, and a few more countries in Asia. As per SamMobile, these countries include the UK, Uzbekistan, Caucasus Countries, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Poland, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Panama, Paraguay, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
Clearly, Samsung isn’t restricting its Android Go smartphone to the developing markets. Being spotted in these countries doesn’t necessarily mean that Samsung will be launching its smartphone there. It could just be a case of testing the waters.
While it continues to do well in the top-tiers, Samsung has lost out to Chinese companies in the affordable and mid-range segments. Being a part of Google’s initiative will ensure Samsung’s smartphone offers a good user experience despite the entry-level price tag.
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Recent reports have suggested that Samsung’s first Android Go smartphone could be called the Galaxy J2 Core. The device is expected to feature 1GB of RAM, and will run Android Oreo (Go Edition). It was recently spotted on a benchmarking website being powered by a motherboard codenamed ‘universal7570_go’. The device was able to score 625 in single-core tests, and 1,747 in multi-core tests.
While there is no official word yet, Samsung is likely to price the Galaxy J2 Core at Rs 5,000 or less. It will be aimed at first-time smartphone users who are upgrading from a feature phone.