The Samsung Galaxy S3 Lite is another exciting entry-level handset by Samsung Mobile. The S3 lite is a Samsung-Safaricom partnership. Consequently, the Galaxy S3 lite will be only available via the Safaricom Retail Stores in the country.
The Kenyan market is ‘flooded’ with cheaper alternatives of the various Samsung entry-level handsets. To remain the don of the Kenyan Smartphone scene, the South Korean Tech Giant seems to be reading a Script similar to Nokia. Samsung is also an aggressive course to provide ‘new high-end innovations to new audiences’.
The Kenyan Smartphone market is by an extent very price oriented. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Lite has an attractive price tag, and I am certain that the petite handset will be a big hit in Kenya.
Here is a quick specs breakdown of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Lite.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 lite has a 3.5-inch LCD display. This is about half an inch smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Super Amoled display.
Apart from the tiny (but cute) screen, there is a drop in brightness and the viewing angle. However, the drop in those two flagship grade features corresponds perfectly with the significant price drop for the Galaxy S3 lite.
The screen lacks any form of screen protection, but has an amazing TouchWiz front-end touch interface.
Body and Design
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Lite has a compact 113.2 x 61.6 x 11.9 mm frame. The compact frame feels awesome in your hands and brings forth a reminiscence of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket. The S3 lite borrowed a lot of its design concepts from its surrogate, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini.
The handset looks a lot like a miniature version of the S3 handset. Everything else from the smooth vertexes to the shiny rear cover has the generic Smartphone feel and look.
The S3 lite has an 850 MHz Single Core CPU and 512MB RAM. These Tech specs largely mirror those of the extremely popular Samsung Galaxy Young Smartphone.
The above specs are a strip down of the 1 GHz and a solid 1 GB RAM found on the S3 Mini. Nonetheless, nerds will agree with me that tech stats are the standards for most entry-level device by Sammy.
One of the coolest features about the Galaxy S3 Lite is that the device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Therefore, users have access to the latest Android OS features on a budget handset. Couple this with 4GB of internal memory and 50GB Dropbox cloud storage for two years.
On the connectivity specs, the Samsung Galaxy Lite has the standard 3G and WI-Fi connectivity features. It is impossible to ignore the Bluetooth V4.0 chip on the Galaxy S3 Lite. If you are into file sharing (PC to Smartphone or Phone to Phone), you will love the amazing file transfer speeds you will achieve on the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 lite has a 3MP rear Snapper but lacks any secondary camera. This puts the device camera in the same category as that of the 2MP snapper found on the Alcatel One Touch T’Pop.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Lite has a 1300 mAh battery. The battery supplies just enough battery juice to feed the intensive Jelly Bean OS.
The handset can, therefore, take you through a day or two of moderate use.
Tech Trends Diary Verdict
The Kenyan Smartphone Market is dynamic. The upper class and a thin section of the middle class purchase the best Smartphone money can buy with a simple swipe of their debit/credit cards. The ‘rest’ are extremely sensitive to how much they can part with to purchase a Smartphone.
The M-Pesa service taught the corporate world that an insane amount of cash lies in the pockets of the ‘kadogo’ economy. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini price tag was just too much for most Kenyans. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Lite price tag will therefore be all what most will focus on while purchasing the device.
Tech Trends Diary Rating
Samsung Galaxy S3 Lite: (7.2 / 10)
Price in Kenya
The Samsung Galaxy Lite has a suggested retail price of Ksh 11,000 in Safaricom Retail Stores. The Galaxy Lite also comes bundled with 1.5GB data capped at 500MB for three months.
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