Samsung's REX Series Brings Smartphone-Like Features To Budget Phones

By Jimmie Geddes email: j.geddes@mobilenapps.com | Feb 15, 2013 01:28 PM EST

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Samsung has released a new family of semi-smartphone/feature phones called the Samsung REX. The devices are four different budget phones for the low-range market in India. The smartphones drop Android and 3G to keep the phones very inexpensive. What the phones add on is where things get interesting.  

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The REX family looks like nano-sized versions of Samsung's Android smartphones.The handsets don't use Android but Samsung has cleverly used its TouchWiz UI on top of the Java-based feature phone OS the devices are running. Samsung's TouchWiz UI is the same UI it currently uses on its Android smartphones and it gives a more uniform look and feel across branding. There's also a Samsung App Store where users can download apps, games and music.

Here's how the devices stack up in the spec department:

The Samsung REX 90 features a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen, 480 x 320 resolution screen, Smart Dual SIM with hot swap, TouchWiz UI with 7 home screens,15 hours of talk time, 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Facebook and Twitter pre-installed, myMovies, myMobile TV and myStation pre-installed, Push email with Activesync, Contact and Calendar sync, Opera mini-Web browser, Facebook Messenger, Gtalk, Yahoo messenger, and free games, music and app downloads from Samsung's App Store.

The Samsung REX 80 features a 3-inch capacitive touch screen, 320×240 resolution screen, Smart Dual SIM with Hot Swap, Touchwiz UI with 8 home screens, Talk time of up to 14.7 hours of talk time, 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi,  Facebook and Twitter pre-installed, Push email with Active Sync, Contact and Calendar sync, Opera mini-Web browser, Facebook Messenger, Gtalk, Yahoo messenger, free games, music and app downloads from Samsung's App Store and 10 full version Gameloft games.

The Samsung REX 70 features a 3-inch capacitive touch screen, 320 x 240 resolution screen, Smart Dual SIM with hot swap, TouchWiz UI with 8 home screens, 13 hours of talk time, 2-megapixel camera, Facebook and Twitter pre-installed, myMovies, myMobile TV and myStation pre-installed, Push email with Activesync, Contact and Calendar sync, Opera mini-Web browser, Facebook Messenger, Gtalk, Yahoo messenger, free games, music and app downloads from Samsung's App Store and 10 full version Gameloft games.

The Samsung REX 60 features, 3-inch capacitive touch screen, 320 x 240 resolution screen, Smart Dual SIM with hot swap, TouchWiz UI with 8 home screens,15 hours of talk time, 1.2-megapixel camera, Facebook and Twitter pre-installed, Push email with Activesync, Contact and Calendar sync, Opera mini-Web browser, Facebook Messenger, Gtalk, Yahoo messenger, free games, music and app downloads from Samsung's App Store and 10 full version Gameloft games.

 

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