The phone follows the candybar form factor for smartphones, and features a plastic exterior. The Galaxy Fame features a 1GHz processor, and comes equipped with 4 gigabytes of internal storage, which can be upgraded to 64 gigabytes through the use of an SD card. The device features an accelerometer intended to translate natural gestures into commands on the phone; for example, if the phone is ringing and the user turns it face down, it will stop ringing, or if the user wishes to establish a Bluetooth or wireless internet connection, they can shake the device and it will automatically connect. It also features an embedded NFC chip and S-Beam which is usually only found on high-end Galaxy devices.
According to CNET UK, the Samsung Galaxy Fame is a decent device capable of providing users with an adequate mobile experience. They have found the screen to be mediocre considering other devices from other brands priced in the same range. On the other hand, the device excels in terms of basic functions such as web browsing and communications. The device also has access to the Google Play Store, however, it is not capable of running many newer apps. Many older apps which do not require as much processing power still function normally on the device. Some features, such as pinch-to-zoom, cause the device to lag, which due to its limited RAM.
Many reviewers have criticized the device due to its under-powered and outdated processor which results in a sluggish performance in some heavy apps. Another criticism is the battery capacity which is not adequate to last during heavy usage due to the NFC and S-Beam plus the small battery. Also what drew some criticism is the lack of a GPU, which many earlier Galaxy smartphones in the same price range have. On the other hand, they praise the 5 MP primary camera of the device which they have found to be capable of taking clear pictures with adequate picture quality above its price range. Overall they find the phone to be selling only due to its brand and nothing more impressive.