Just a little over 10 months after Samsung came out with the Galaxy S Duos 2 – primarily for the South Asian market – it is now coming out with the Galaxy S Duos 3, upgrading the model’s operating system to Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately, nothing much else was upgraded in this model.
The new model comes with a 1.0Ghz dual core processor backstopped by 512MB of RAM. It will have 4GB of internal storage, dual SIM support (hence the “Duos” branding), a 5MP rear camera – all powered by a 1500mAh battery. The significant change is that it will be rocking Android KitKat out of the box.
Here’s a funny thing – we checked the specs for its predecessor, the Galaxy Duos 2, and this new phone feels more like a downgrade in specs than anything else. The Galaxy Duos 2 has a dual core 1.2Ghz Cortex-A9 processor, and although we’re not sweating the 200Mhz difference, the processor speed is still a step down. The RAM allocation for the predecessor is 768MB, while the new phone only has 512MB.
We probably won’t know why Samsung chose to skimp on the hardware for a supposedly “upgraded” version of a model. Maybe they’re relying on the efficiency of Android KitKat. Still, knowing this would be a bit of a letdown for any consumer. The new phone hasn’t launched yet, but is expected to be priced at around USD$133 when it comes out.