U.S. Cellular customers looking for a 4G LTE-equipped handset now have another option to choose from, as the carrier has quietly released the Samsung Galaxy Axiom, a mid-range smartphone that features similar specs to the recently revealed Galaxy S III Mini.
Opting for the modest approach, U.S. Cellular introduced the device on its website, without as much as an official press release. Sporting a 4-inch, 480 x 800 touchscreen, the Galaxy Axiom doesn’t look too different from Sammy’s smaller iteration of third-generation Galaxy S, which points some to believe this could be the carrier’s interpretation of the handset.
Yet, the Axiom offers customers a step up in processing frequency and battery capacity compared to the GS3 Mini, thanks to its 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2,100 mAh battery.
Powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the Samsung smartphone houses a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, as well as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and ships with 4GB of built-in storage. With only 1.8GB of that space available to users, customers might want to pick up a microSD card when purchasing the device.
Equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC support, the Samsung Galaxy Axiom will be Google Wallet compatible according to U.S. Cellular, as the carrier is one of the few to support the virtual payment program.
While the handset is free in some regions, customers living in other areas will have to pay $80 with a two-year contract for the high-speed device.