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Samsung Galaxy Light
Samsung Galaxy Light
Samsung Galaxy Light
Samsung Galaxy Light
Samsung Galaxy Light
Samsung Galaxy Light

Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Light currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Good call quality
  • Good color quality and viewing angles
  • Fast LTE connection

What's bad

  • Mediocre processor performance
  • Low display resolution
  • Small screen size

The GalaxyLight is yet another entry-level Android phone in the Samsung lineup and, for all intents and purposes, is an updated version of the Galaxy Exhibit with a larger screen and upgraded processor. As with others in the Samsung lineup, the Light sports a glossy finish plastic body and curved edges. At 4.78 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches, its is a tad thick for many reviewers, though they still found it a manageable size and - at 122 grams - weight.

The Light offers a 4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 233ppi. Although not nearly as crisp as the iPhone 5, experts did not notice any severe pixelization when reading text or viewing images. Critics go on to compliment the color quality and viewing angles of the screen. The only issue testers seemed to have with the screen is its small size. PC Mag states "If you're used to larger screen devices, the on-screen keyboard can feel a bit cramped…"

Behind the screen is a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Benchmark tests put performance squarely in the mid-range category, scoring slightly faster than the Galaxy S4 Mini and on par with the Droid Maxx. In hands-on testing, reviewers found standard day-to-day use relatively fast with some delay when launching an app. For more graphically intensive games, CNET notes that while the graphics lacked crispness and smoothness, it also did not lag or crash.

Despite its middling performance and display, the phone does offer 4G LTE connection and dual-band Wi-Fi. When connected to LTE reviewers found it to be very fast, with an average of 11Mbps down and 7Mbps up. Call quality is the Light's other forte. Critics agree that voices were clear and natural and didn't begin to experience any distortion or static until they reached higher volumes.

Overall, most reviewers have no problem recommending the device for budget-minded consumers. Phone Scoop states, "There are plenty of bigger, better phones out there but…if you value size over everything else, the Samsung GalaxyLight is worth a look." CNET adds, "I have no qualms recommending the phone, so long as you know that you're getting purely entry-level hardware features…"

Operating system
Operating system
1.4 GHz
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1800 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Samsung Galaxy Light certainly isn't the only budget option you have with T-Mobile, but it's a good enough choice to keep you from running off to a rival carrier for a better selection. While nothing stands out about the Light, it doesn't fail in any one aspect, and the price is a very wallet-fr...

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet
Phone Scoop
Phone Scoop

In the plus column, the Light is easy to use, well made, and offers excellent call quality. The Android operating system runs perfectly, even with Samsung's UI customizations, and it has powerful calling and imaging tools. In the minus column, the Light offers only average battery life, isn't stron...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Light user manual here.

Samsung backs up the Galaxy Light with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Galaxy Light has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Light's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.4 GHz

There is a Samsung SHANNON222AP Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 36.7 days standby time.

Galaxy Light Specs

Release Date November 1, 2013
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Samsung SHANNON222AP Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.18 W/kg
Body: 1.43 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Metering, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
VGA (640 x 480)+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 36.7 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.3 x 1.0 cm (4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 123 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Swype
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-T399, Garda
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