Samsung has announced a new mid-range Android phone named the Galaxy Core, and it shows just how quickly the smartphone world changes. Although pricing hasn’t been confirmed, it’s sure to be reasonable, but the specification is very similar to Samsung’s top-of-the-range phone from 2011, the Galaxy S2. However, such is the speed of progression, the Galaxy Core’s features still make it perfectly usable now, and as Samsung has added Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it’s up to date, software-wise.
The Galaxy Core has a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, but it is a TFT LCD rather than the more vibrant Super AMOLED Plus panel seen on the Galaxy S2. Inside is a dual-core processor with a 1.2GHz clock-speed, plus 1GB of RAM and another 8GB of storage space. This can be expanded by using a microSD card.
A 5 megapixel camera sits on the textured rear panel, and it can also shoot 480p video at 30fps, while around the front is a VGA camera for making video calls. Samsung will release the Galaxy Core as either a single-SIM model, or one with an option to add a second SIM, something which shows the Core will most likely have a wide, international release. Completing the feature list is Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Wi-Fi, an FM radio, and several Samsung apps including S Voice and Smart Stay.
Like the price, the release schedule for the Galaxy Core isn’t clear, as although the single-SIM phone will launch in July, we’re not sure where it’ll go on sale. The dual-SIM Core will be coming a little earlier, in May.