With all the high end smartphones currently surrounding us, the low end smartphones are easily forgotten. But there’s still a pretty big market out there for these smartphones, even in the U.S. And this new offering from U.S Cellular will certainly woo the budget customers. The carrier has taken the wraps off the new Samsung Galaxy Axiom, a neat mid-ranged LTE device, with not so flattering specs, but just enough to satisfy the casual smartphone user. The device is up for grabs right now for a decent 2 year contract price of $79 or an off contract pricing of $399 which isn’t all that bad either. It is interesting that the smartphone features very similar hardware specs as the Galaxy S III Mini. Going by a rumor which surfaced two weeks ago, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that this is in fact the American variant of the S3 Mini. But since there’s no word on that and when we consider the fact that this has slightly different specs compared to the S3 Mini, we can’t say for sure just yet.
The Galaxy Axiom packs a very decent 4-inch TFT LCD (not AMOLED), a 5MP rear camera accompanied by a 1.3MP front facing camera, a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 2,100 mAh battery, NFC and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The smartphone has 4GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot which will take cards of up to 32GB. And obviously, the device has support for 4G LTE on U.S Cellular’s network, wherever available in the U.S.
It’s rather odd that Samsung went with Android 4.0 when it already has a working build of Android 4.1 available, which makes us feel if this phone is long overdue. It’s not a bad option really considering the fact that it can easily get Jelly Bean with ease and has the hardware to back it up. Yes, it’s not going to provide you the comfort of an HD display or a quad core CPU, but you’re not investing all too much either (if you take the Nexus 4 out of the equation). The phone looks pretty much like a shrunken down version of the Galaxy S III which I’m guessing is how it was intended to be. U.S Cellular has claimed that this smartphone supports Google Wallet thanks to the NFC chip inside and will come with the usual array of Samsung apps pre-installed by default along with the Google Chrome browser.