Samsung Galaxy Fame review: In the spotlight

GSMArena team, 16 May 2013.
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Introduction

Samsung has always been keen on providing smartphones for the budget-conscious crowd and ever since Gingerbread came around we've been seeing a major push by its entry-level squad. Even though it runs on Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Fame is a bit of a blast from the past. The spec sheet has been duly upgraded but bits of it still feel as if plucked straight out of the Galaxy lineup from two years ago.

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Samsung S6810 Galaxy Fame official images

The Samsung Galaxy Fame's single-core processor and half a gig of RAM is so far removed from today's multi-core flagships (Samsung's own octa-core Galaxy S4 being a prime example), that it's pushing the border between budget offering and plain outdated. Let's take a look at the key features, where the highlight is the updated Jelly Bean build:

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 3.5" 256K-color capacitive touchscreen of HVGA (320 x 480 pixel) resolution
  • Android OS 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Nature UX
  • 1 GHz Broadcom BCM21654G CPU, 512MB of RAM
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, face and smile detection
  • 0.3MP secondary camera
  • VGA video recording at 25fps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support; Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity and GLONASS; digital compass
  • 4GB of inbuilt storage, microSD slot
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB v2.0 port with MHL
  • Stereo Bluetooth v4.0
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Dual-SIM and NFC variants available

Main disadvantages

  • Mediocre display
  • Feeble chipset
  • No dedicated camera key
  • Poor video codec support
  • VGA video recording

An important thing to keep in mind is that the software build found on the Samsung Galaxy Fame has come quite a way since Android 2.3. The single-core processor powering the Galaxy Fame is far from lightning fast, but the Jelly Bean build ticking inside gives you more smoothness than a similarly-spec'd device running Gingerbread could ever wish for.

The Samsung Galaxy Fame also has a few extras worth mentioning that you won't often see on a smartphone scraping the bottom of the barrel. As with most of their entry level models, a dual-SIM variant is available, as is a model with NFC support. There's also a front-facing camera capable of VGA video recording - a rarity in this class.

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The S6810 Galaxy Fame

So it may turn out to be a case of all's well that ends well with the Galaxy Fame, since ultimately the Jelly Bean software running inside could be its saving grace. We'll be taking a closer look at its performance in the chapters to come, but first up is our usual hardware inspection.

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