After capturing the midrange smart phone market in India with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Grand and the very recent Samsung Galaxy Quattro, Samsung now seems to be aggressively targeting the entry level smart phone market. Samsung has recently launched its cheapest smart phone, the Galaxy Star in India. Galaxy Star is priced at Rs 5,240 and marks the entry of Samsung into the bottom end of the Indian smart phone market. Other handset makers like Nokia too are trying hard to retain their foothold in this lucrative market. Let us compare the Galaxy Star with the other hot smart phone in this category, the Nokia Asha 311.

To start with, both the Galaxy Star and the Asha 311 have 1 GHz processors. But, the former has a higher RAM of 512 MB when compared with the 128 MB of the latter. This should make the Galaxy Star a bit more faster and more capable of handling multiple apps at the same time. But the one area where the Galaxy Star scores heavily is its OS. Unlike its Rex series, the Galaxy Star comes with Android 4.1 ( Jelly Bean) out of the box. This makes the vast number of apps available on the Play Store work on it. In contrast, the Series 40 OS on which the Asha 311 runs has access to a very limited number of apps specially developed for it. Its true that Nokia has improved the number of apps available for the Series 40 platform recently. But even then it simply can’t match the might of Android.

Internal memory of the Asha 311 is limited to just 140 MB while Galaxy Star has an internal memory of 4 GB. While buying extra memory for Asha 311 is a must, people who enjoy less multimedia on their phones need not buy any extra memory in the case of Galaxy Star. Galaxy Star has a slightly high capacity battery (1200 mAh) when compared to the 1100 mAh of the Asha 311. As a bonus to the younger customers, the Galaxy Star also has Dual SIM support.

Some areas where the Asha 311 beats the Galaxy Star are the camera and design. Asha 311 has a 3.2 megapixel rear camera which can snap better images than the 2 megapixel camera of the Galaxy Star. The camera of Asha 311 can also record videos at 25 fps. Asha 311 also has a more stylish looking design with a nice glossy finish.

The winner among the two is clearly the Samsung Galaxy Star. A 3 inch smart phone with a 1 GHz processor and the latest Android 4.1 makes it a tantalizing option for people looking for a decent budget phone. There can be no doubt that the Galaxy Star will be a smashing hit in the Indian smart phone market. Apart from Nokia, the new Galaxy Star can also give local smart phone manufacturers like Micromax and Karbonn a run for their money. At just Rs 5,240 you don’t even need to wait for a price drop. Just go and buy the Starbefore everybody else.

Model

Samsung Galaxy Star

Nokia Asha 311

Display

2.9 inch (320×240 pixel resolution)

3 inch (320×240 pixel resolution)

OS

Android v4.1 Jelly Bean

Series 40

Processor

1GHz Single-core

1 GHz Single-core

RAM

512 MB

128 MB

Storage capacity

4GB, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card

140 MB, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card

Camera

2.0-megapixel camera (video recording at 15 fps)

3.2- megapixel camera (video recording at 25fps)

Battery

1200 mAh Li-Ion battery

1110 mAh Li-Ion battery

Network

2G

2G

SIM Type

Dual SIM

Single SIM

Dimensions

104.5 x 58.0 x 11.9 mm

52 x 106 x 12.9 mm

Weight

100.5 grams

95 grams

Price

Rs 5,240/-

Rs 6,250/-