Available in just a few markets as of this month, the Samsung Galaxy Premier i9260 is a slightly smaller dual-core alternative to the Galaxy S III flagship. However, in South Korea the Premier isn’t a dual-core handset, but a quad-core one. The smartphone goes by the model number SHV-E220 there, and has been renamed to Galaxy Pop.
It seems that all three major carriers in South Korea are going to sell the Galaxy Pop. The quad-core CPU found inside the SHV-E220 is a 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 one – which Samsung has also included in some S III models. Other than that, we’re looking at exactly the same features we know from the Premier: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, TouchWiz 5 UI, 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 pixels, LTE connectivity, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1GB of RAM, 8GB / 16GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 2,100 mAh battery.
Design-wise, nothing differs from the international Galaxy Premier, as the Galaxy Pop press shots seen above are confirming. The quad-core smartphone should be released starting next month (February), for a price that’s unknown at the moment. While the Galaxy Premier has a white and a grey version, it looks like the SHV-E220 will come only in a white edition.
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