Samsung have just officially announced the Galaxy Win 2 smartphone, a couple of years after the original Galaxy Win was released. And compared with many successor devices, the Win 2 takes the slightly odd route of having a smaller screen compared with the predecessor at 4.5-inch rather than 4.7-inch of the original. It's a sharper screen because the resolution remains the same at 800 by 480 pixels. The rest of the specification is something of an improvement: Samsung have given the Win 2 a 1.2 GHz, quad-core processor paired up with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of onboard storage plus a MicroSD card, a 5MP rear camera complete with a flash and a 2MP front camera (up from a VGA camera). The improved front-facing camera is billed as one of the Win 2's more significant upgrades from the previous model together with the inclusion of a 4G LTE modem via dual SIM slots and is kept alive by a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat under Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz user interface and is a shade under 9mm thin, down from the near-10mm original Galaxy Win.
The Win 2 is available with or without Digital HD TV. The version with the Digital TV receiver is slightly more expensive at BRL 779 ($250) compared with BRL 719 ($230) but allows customers to watch free TV programs where the HD signal is available. However, at the launch Samsung have promoted the improved front-facing camera. Their material highlights that 90% of Brazilians do selfies and almost 60% use the feature once a week, according to surveys taken by Antennas Business Insights together with Samsung. Of course, the Win 2's improved front-facing camera plays to this popularity.
Samsung have included a number of bundled applications with the Win 2 including Dropbox, Evernote, Guidebook, NetMovies plus the One Refill application, designed to let customers recharge prepaid call balance wherever they are via a credit card. The Win 2 uses the Call One application, which categorizes contacts according to the operator and helps customers make better use of the dual-SIM device. Another software featured borrowed from the Galaxy S5 is the battery saving mode, which puts the screen into black and white and restricts background applications and indeed the number of applications that may be launched. What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Win 2 device? If you are interested in a mid-range Android smartphone, would you take a second look? Let us know in the comments below.