Samsung has launched a new mid-range smartphone for the Indian market. The Samsung Galaxy Wide is the latest entry from Samsung in a price segment where it hasn’t been too active of late. Let’s take a look at the specifications on the Galaxy Wide.
Specifications – Samsung Galaxy Wide
The Samsung Galaxy Wide comes with a 5.5 inch TFT display that has a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This is one of Samsung’s better displays in the mid-range segment. The phone also comes with a 1.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor alongside an Adreno 306 GPU. The Galaxy Wide has a 2 GB RAM to boot.
The internal storage on the Galaxy Wide is 16 GB, but to my surprise this storage capacity can be expanded up to 128 GB via a microSD card slot. Samsung isn’t well known to offer such huge expandable storage options on its mid-range phones. So good on Samsung for taking this step.
The primary camera on the Galaxy Wide is a 13 megapixel unit with LED flash and auto-focus. The secondary camera is a 5 megapixel unit. This is very much a standard camera configuration on a mid-range smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Wide is a dual-SIM smartphone with 4G connectivity. While Samsung was one of the first to adopt 4G connectivity, especially on its high-end phones, it hasn’t always offered 4G enabled mid-range phone. Another box checked by team Samsung.
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The Galaxy Wide has the following dimensions – 151.8 x 77.5 x 8.2 mm. The phone weighs 171 grams. This is a bit above the usual weight for phones with this form factor but it isn’t dramatically overweight by means, therefore, it is a good phone to carry around. The battery capacity on the Samsung Galaxy Wide is 3000 mAh. Once again Samsung isn’t very keen on offering better battery specs. One cannot blame the company for not considering better battery solution than a 3000 mAh battery on its mid-range offering if it is already satisfied with the same battery specification on its flagship product – Samsung Galaxy S7.
The Galaxy Wide is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and we know that Samsung does provide timely updates to its software so one can expect smooth sailing in terms of software on the phone.
Are Samsung smartphone prices out of touch with current times?
When you look at the specifications on Samsung phones in most price segments you would notice that while the phones themselves are pretty good and worth a buy in all aspects, a number of them still cost a lot more than several other smartphones with similar specs from home-bred or Chinese brands. This begs the question: Is Samsung’s pricing strategy out of touch with current times? I am tempted to say ‘yes’ but I would briefly argue against it.
The prices of smartphones vary depending not only on their specs and unique new features but also on the medium through which they are sold. Most Samsung phones are still sold through national and regional distribution channels that take a cut out of the phone’s sales. This leaves Samsung no choice but to increase the price of the product to meet its own profit margins.
While this is a valid point one must not forget that Samsung is choosing to do this. The world’s preeminent smartphone brand is entirely capable of going with the online-only model, but it seems like that is not happening anytime in the near future.
Other than continuing to offer more products through distribution channels than through online channels Samsung also sees the pricing of its product as a reflection of its brand value. There is no doubt that Samsung is still an elite in the smartphone industry and people are willing to pay for the brand rather than for the product in the case of Samsung, much like in the case of Apple Inc.