Look, I know what you're thinking. You need Samsung to release another Galaxy product, because there's nothing yet in their device lineup that appeals to your particular set of needs. I get it. Sure, there are other brands by other manufacturers out there, but nothing feels quite so comfortable in the palm as yet another Galaxy device. So here it is, the Samsung Galaxy Ring for Virgin Mobile, a 3G-only budget-friendly handset with Android 4.1 and halfway decent specs.


This new device retails for only $179 without a contract. It includes a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and a 4-inch TFT display. It's powered by just a 1.4 GHz processor (Update: Qualcomm's single-core Snapdragon MSM8655, as commenters led us to clarify), so don't go into this purchase expecting a fair amount of horsepower. This phone can handle the city just fine, but it won't quite make it up to highway speeds. That's okay - not everyone needs to travel that fast.

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • David Margolin

    um... this vs the reverb???? same specs.... reverb is cheaper...
    edit: looks like this has a quad core 1.2ghz... thats a lot more than what you make it out to be... looks like a high end device....

    • JacobK254

      I'd bet my Galaxy Victory that this doesn't actually have a quad core processor.

      • ProductFRED

        You just lost your phone, because it does. Look at the page for this phone.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Nope, you owe him a Galaxy Victory, sir.

          • David Margolin

            some1 just get me a galaxy victory... im still stuck on a reverb :(

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Why should someone get you a new phone? Save up a few hundred and upgrade if that's what you want.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        You're correct - it's a single-core.

  • Iggies

    So, basically a device meant to replace the Galaxy Reverb, I would imagine. Though, the Reverb had a single core 1.4ghz. I can't imagine that the Ring is actually a quad-core, though. Not that cores are the end-all-be-all of speed on a phone, but I imagine that on a budget-aimed device like this it is a dual core, and Virgin Mobile just made a mistake. It's happened on their site multiple times in the past, including them saying that the Reverb had WiFi Hotspot potential when they first introduced that phone.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yup, not a quad-core.

  • Sam

    Not bad. The specs are even better than the just released Galaxy Ace 3 provided this one actually has a quad-core CPU.

    • ProductFRED

      According to the product page, it does.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


  • GreatNews

    Get the GS3 for $399.99

  • ProductFRED

    This seems to be a CDMA Galaxy S3 Mini, with a 1.4 GHz Quad-Core processor (according to the specs page). If that's true, it's a good price.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This if false - the chip is single-core Snapdragon S2.

      • ProductFRED

        Actually, according to an article update, it's a single-core Snapdragon MSM8655. Either way, it's either incorrect information on behalf of Virgin Mobile. The pricing makes a lot more sense now.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yeah, I got the info from Virgin Mobile and had Bertel update the story. Their page is wrong.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I reached out to Virgin Mobile about this, and they told me that the processor is MSM8655 1.4GHz.

    That's a Snapdragon S2, single-core. The Virgin Mobile page is flat-out wrong.

    • David Margolin

      so its EXACTLY the same as the galaxy reverb? why? especially considering the reverb is cheaper...

      • Brian

        Differences: Reverb uses Android 4.0 (yay for Apps2SD), Ring uses 4.1 (boo!). Ring comes with Swype (as of now, a $1 value!). Ring supports mobile hotspot. Yeah, Reverb is better value, but I suspect it will vanish soon. And at $180, reverb is right below the $200 required for an SII.

        • David Margolin

          actually reverb now has jellybean as well... it also has swype pre-installed... as for mobile hotspot... roots...
          source --- reverb owner here....

  • S. Ali

    Another VM dud.

  • JoseGonzIII

    The Reverb is actually $200, but on sale at the moment. Also, the Ring should support S Voice which the Reverb doesn't as well as a slightly larger battery. This definitely is only single-core. And the design makes it look more like upper mid-range device. Also the price and not having to install new sw updates to get 4.1 make it seem like a better value than the Reverb in my eyes

  • M.

    VIrgin Mobile website says its 1.4 GHz quad-core. The same info is on PhoneArena

  • JM B

    Benchmarks are nearly identical as is hardware except 1gig vs 768meg memory. Reverb had trouble with JB update so VM is dumping it and screwing Reverb owners. Wait a few months until Rings at $139.00 again.
    Victory is much better and S2 is still great unless you want S3.

  • Jeffery

    Can the samsung galaxy ring be used on the go ?