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Samsung intros the Galaxy Core Max with Super AMOLED display and dual SIM support

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Samsung intros the Galaxy Core Max with Super AMOLED display and dual SIM support
Samsung this week unveiled a new Galaxy Core smartphone - the eighth in this series that’s been around since the first half of last year.

Called Galaxy Core Max (model number SM-G5108), the new handset is larger than any other smartphone from the Galaxy Core family, though it’s still rather small when compared to most flagships of today. Sure enough, the Core Max isn’t a flagship device, but a mid-range one at best.

Officially introduced in China, the Galaxy Core Max sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 540 x 960 pixels, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI. Other features include LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, 5 MP front-facing camera and 8 MP rear camera (both with relatively wide-angle sensors), quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory. It looks like the Galaxy Core Max comes only in white. The handset weighs 132 grams, measures 136.3 x 69.6 x 8 mm, and includes a 2200 mAh battery. At the moment, there’s no word on how much the Samsung Galaxy Core Max costs, and neither on where it will be released (besides China).


source: Samsung China (translated)

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posted on 21 Oct 2014, 18:38 9

1. Malcolm.Merlyn (Posts: 129; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)


Another day, another samsung phone.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 18:46 7

3. Naitto (Posts: 50; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Yah getting boring for sure.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 19:30 1

12. verbalize (Posts: 114; Member since: 03 May 2013)


It's so sad to see a company trying to be Relevant.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 22:01

23. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I might be wrong (so not a pun) but what does Samsung do with all the phones it doesnt sell due to "saturated market" (as samsung calls it with every financial report they make) -- same market where Apple has no issues selling tens of millions of "half-spec-ed and overpriced" phones...

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 01:26

30. dmakun (Posts: 306; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


Apple doesn't sell "millions"' every where you know. Not sure what Samsung does to the unsold devices though. Perhaps they donate it which is something I doubt Apple would do.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 18:44 2

2. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Should've been 720p...

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 19:25

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And why is that?

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 20:23

14. Busyboy (unregistered)


Because its 4.8inch and low res. You will definitely notice the pixels, which might bother some users.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 22:37

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I think you're forgetting the whole purpose of the Core line.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 20:51

16. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Because qHD on a 4.8" display looks s**tty...

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 22:37 2

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If I do recall, you said 720p on a 6" or lower display is fine, but equates to a pixel density under 250 like this does.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 00:14

28. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I am pretty certain I never said that. I would say that 720p should only be used in phones with screens smaller than 5", but of course it all depends on the price point. And don't forget PenTile, which will make the qHD display even more pixelated and grainy...

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 01:09

29. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 984; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Because most Chinese dual SIM had 720p with cheaper price, good luck for compete that

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 22:32

24. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 334; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Yes, qHD on 4.8" + AMOLED is poor. You'll see pixelations :)

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 18:52 6

4. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Good to see lower-midrange getting Super AMOLED as well. If it does have a low price, then it would be good-value for money.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 18:56 5

5. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Yeah, I definitely see why they named it the galaxy series; endless devices.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 19:05

6. gagakiller (banned) (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


now one of the stupid droid fanboys will come and say : THIS IS BETTER THAN IPHONE 6 PLUS !!!

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 19:16 10

7. 14545 (Posts: 1447; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Was this necessary? Idiot.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 21:03

17. Cyrus.I (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


It doesn't bend in your pocket, that's for sure.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 19:17 1

8. 14545 (Posts: 1447; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Samsung.....Please add front facing speakers, is that really too much to ask for?

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 19:18 3

9. Tacokillah (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I want a Samsung Galaxy S Note Neo Core Max Mini Advance Pocket Mega Mini please. c:

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 21:32 2

21. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Wait for your turn dude, I'm still waiting for Samsung Galaxy S 6 Turbo Pro International Google Version with a car horn on the top...

...oops almost forgot, the waffle maker next to changeable battery

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 21:50

22. Tacokillah (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Haha. xD +1

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 19:21

10. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


What the hell Samsung

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 19:43

13. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 447; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Don't ask too much, this is just a lower-midrange phone and value for money.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 20:33 3

15. Rocket (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


At least samsung make phones for all kind of people (poor and rich etc).

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 21:10

18. Mfa901 (Posts: 247; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


i am on galaxy core and still waiting for an 4.2 update....

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 21:15 1

19. Chuck007 (Posts: 1013; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Affordable flagships in China have already captured the market Samsung is aiming for here. I am surprised they didn't learn a single thing from their major lose...

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 21:30

20. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


This should cost $150

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 22:53

27. sunday (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


I Dont know why some people are complaining about samsung producing too many phones. Its their money they spend and they know it will sell well. From their findings they discover that midrange phone with big screen and good camera sell better than flagship phones in asia and that is exactly what they are doing. With billion of dolars they Spend on producing phones they still make more money than any android phone company. With all condemnations given to galaxy s5, it still sold more copy Than htc one, xperia z2, lgg3 that you praise everyday.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 01:59

31. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 334; Member since: 30 May 2014)


How about galaxy a series?. Where are them?

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 15:53

32. midnight98 (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Jan 2011)


You have to remember that most of these non-flagship phones goes to smaller prepaid companies or companies outside the US. Not everybody can afford a new flagship Samsung or Apple phone. This phone will be like $300 sold to prepaid carriers like Boost or MetroPCS or will stay abroad. Samsung is just taking advantage of all types of markets. I can't blame them for making 50 models a year...lol!

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 09:17

33. RocMir (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2014)


I own an Iphone 5S 32GB and acquired a Samsung Galaxy Core Max with Dual Sim 4G made in China. I can say that I prefer the Core Max and would love to sell my iPhone and just use the Core Max I also own.

Unfortunately, the Core Max I acquired is made for the chinese market and it doesn't allow to install any app made by google. The only solution I found is to use alternative app stores to Google Play Store, such as Amazon AppStore or BlackMart.

I'm also having multiple troubles to config my gmail addresses in this phone, as it only allows pop3 and imap, and I find it impossible to sync my gmail contacts. What a hedache!!!

Samsung, please stop being so submissive to the Chinese "government".

My recommendation to international users and to google users is not to buy this phone until Samsung launches an international version.

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