Smartphone handsets continue to increase in screen size as manufacturers push the boundaries with the kinds of form factors that will fit comfortably in consumer’s hands. So it is perhaps refreshing to see Samsung, a company who introduced us to the gargantuan 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, now taking things in the opposite direction. The Galaxy Pocket offers a 2.8-inch display and is designed to be an affordable entry level handset for smartphone users on a budget. The specs have been paired down to maximize the savings to your wallet. The processor is an 832Mhz chip and storage is just a diminutive 3GB but can be expanded via microSD to 32GB.
The display resolution is a meagre 240 x 320 pixels although it should be perfect for such a small screen. The device comes preinstalled with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. It boasts full access to the Android Market, Samsung’s ChatON mobile communications service, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11n, rear 2MP camera, accelerometer and compass. It measures 12mm in thickness, which isn’t especially thin by any means but it is a true featherweight at just 97g. The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is due to launch in the UK sometime later this year but no pricing information as been made available at this time.