Samsung’s shown a BLATANT DISREGARD for the British bank holiday by choosing to announce its new Samsung Galaxy Core Android 4.1 model today, showing a 4.3″ mobile that has much in common with it flagship Galaxy S range in terms of physical appearance. The compromises here are the Galaxy Core’s display resolution (480×800) and the processor power (1.2GHz dual-core), plus there’s only a 5MP main camera and a VGA chat cam up front.
But there’s 1GB of RAM onboard and given this is likely to be something of a budget model for people not overly concerned about the clock speed or brand of their phone’s onboard GPU, that’s not too shabby a feature set. Here it is from front and back:
And here’s the full thing from Samsung, complete with full Galaxy Core tech specs below. It’ll launch in May, with a dual-SIM option hitting the shops first in some countries.
Samsung Introduces the GALAXY Core for Ideal Portability and Power
The smartphone combines dual core processing power, compact design, and Dual SIM technology
SEOUL, Korea – May 06, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today announced the Samsung GALAXY Core, a smartphone designed to offer users dual core processing power for multitasking, Dual SIM technology for easy transition between work and play, and a wealth of innovative smart features. The GALAXY Core is a device that can operate seamlessly and effectively in all aspects of life.
The GALAXY Core is the perfect device for the user looking for optimal balance of portability and power. Equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, the GALAXY Core performs data intensive tasks with speed and ease. The processing power is supported by 8GB of Internal memory and 1GB of RAM so that users can play feature-rich games, multitask and consume limitless media. All of these activities are aided by a beautiful 4.3 inch display, and a long-lasting 1,800mAh battery for extended usage. The device also comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, offering flawless and beautiful photos. These features are also supported with the GALAXY Core’s Dual SIM technology, enabling users to access both SIM cards simultaneously.
Offering innovative mobile solutions to enhance the user experience, the GALAXY Core’s smart features provide advanced tools that continue to set the GALAXY series apart. Utilizing human interactions including voice, movement, and optical commands, the GALAXY Core has a wide array of smart features that include:
• ‘Smart Stay’: Recognizes when a user is looking at the phone, and saves battery life when a user looks away by
dimming the screen and powering down using advanced facial recognition
• ‘Smart Alert’: Alerts the user to missed calls and messages when the device is picked up
• ‘Motion UI’: Activates common functions such as refresh or mute with simple motion commands
• ‘S Voice’: Provides voice command functionality
The GALAXY Core will be available in two different versions – Single SIM from July or Dual SIM from May, depending on the market.
Samsung GALAXY Core Product Specifications
HSUPA 5.76 900/2100
1.2 GHz Dual Core Application Processor
4.3 inch WVGA (480×800) TFT LCD
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Main(Rear): 5 Mega pixel camera with LED flash
Sub (Front): VGA camera
Mode: Best Photo, Continuous, Panorama, Share shot, Smile Shot, Cartoon
MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR-N/WB, OGG, FLAC, WMA,
3GA, M4A, WAV, Mid, SP-midi, XMF, i-melody
FM Radio with RDS
3.5mm Ear Jack
Services & Additional Features
Dual SIM (Optional)
Samsung Kies Air (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
– Game Hub (Preloaded)
– Readers Hub/ Music Hub (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Motion UI, S Voice, Voice Unlock
Google Mobile Services
Google Mobile Services: Google Search, Gmail, Google Play Store, Google Plus,
YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps (Turn-by-turn Navigation), Google Now
Accelerometer, Proximity, Digital Compass
8GB Internal memory + 1GB (RAM)
microSD slot (up to 64GB)
129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm, 124 g
Standard battery, Li-ion 1,800 mAh