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Samsung’s Android Go phone leaks, no stock Android in sight

by Justin Herrick | July 3, 2018July 3, 2018 4:30 pm PDT

Samsung is dominant in the entry-level segment, but it would like to take advantage of a new initiative that makes low-cost hardware better for consumers. The SM-260 (model number) was spotted in various markets where affordability matters most. Now we have an idea of the product’s actual appearance.

The SM-260 leaked in a series of photos revealing what to expect from Samsung’s first Android Go phone. With its design not standing out in any way, the biggest takeaway from these photos is that Samsung won’t be using stock Android.

It turns out that, despite what many thought, Android Go doesn’t require Google’s vision of its software to be implemented. Any partner is allowed to use their own software overlay. The SM-260 is running some version of Samsung Experience like other Galaxy-branded mobile devices.

Aside from Google’s ‘lite’ apps, Samsung seems to have recreated its own crop. Some of the apps include Gallery, Messages, Phone, Radio, Samsung Max, Savings Folder, and Smart Manager. There are on-screen navigation buttons, too.

The software is no major departure from anything else Samsung has on the market today.

The specifications have already leaked, too. Based on a report, the SM-260 will feature a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 7570 processor, 1GB of memory, 16GB of storage, 8MP and 5MP cameras, a 2600mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo. If you’re looking for even moderate power, Samsung’s first Android Go phone definitely isn’t for you.

What we still don’t know, however, is when Samsung will make this mobile device official.

The leaks have been frequent within a short timeframe, so maybe the SM-260 will be announced later this month. If not, we should probably expect Samsung to introduce it no later than sometime in August.

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