Samsung unveils the budget Galaxy Core Advance, comes in Q1 2014

Samsung unveils the budget Galaxy Core Advance, comes in Q1 2014
The Galaxy Core Advance, which Samsung announced today, is a new mid-range device, aimed at consumers on a tight budget. The Galaxy Core Advance succeeds the Samsung Galaxy Core, which was released several months ago.

However, judging from the official photos, the looks of the Samsung Galaxy Core and the Galaxy Core Advance have little in common, as the latter is more reminiscent of something like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. The 4.7" display of the Galaxy Core Advance features a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, which means that the device has a low pixel density of 198 ppi.

Unlike its predecessor, which has only one, the newly unveiled mid-ranger has three physical buttons on the front – home, menu and back ones. What's more, the sides of the Galaxy Core Advance will not only sport a volume rocker and power button, but also dedicated keys, which will allow users to take photos and access some of the voice recorder functions.

According to the Korean giant, the Soft Feel back cover of the smartphone will make the device more comfortable to hold. Allegedly, the back coating will also improve the overall durability and deliver greater protection from accidental scratches.

The Galaxy Core Advance will be slightly bigger and heavier than the Galaxy Core. With dimensions of 5.24 x 2.77 x 0.38 inches, the device will tip the scales at 5.11 oz (145gr).

Speaking of hardware, the Galaxy Core Advance is quite similar to its predecessor. It will come with a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM on board. . The internal memory of the device is 8 gigabytes, but users can add some extra space by using a microSD card of up to 64GB. The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance has a 2000 mAh battery, unlike the Galaxy Core, which utilizes a smaller, 1800 mAh unit. Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC with S Beam are on board, too. A 5MP VGA snapper can be found on the back of the smartphone.

Software-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Core Advance will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Some of the apps, which come preloaded on other devices from the Galaxy family, such as S Voice, S Translator, Sound & Shot, Easy Mode, etc, have found their way on the upcoming mid-ranger as well. The Galaxy Core Advance will come with several accessibility apps preinstalled. One of them is Optical Scan, which scans a photo or picture for text and if any is found, it will be read aloud to the user.

According to Samsung, Light Sensing, another accessibility feature, will use the camera of the smartphone to sense light direction and brightness, which will be of aid to the visually impaired users. In order to provide greater level of privacy and save some battery juice, another feature, Screen Curtain, will allow users to input commands on a blackened screen.

The Galaxy Core Advance will come in either blue or white. There is no info about pricing, but it is expected that the device will be available in early 2014. According to Sammy, a line of dedicated accessories will be available shortly after the smartphone's release.

source: Samsung Mobile Press

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Galaxy Core
  • Display 4.3 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1



16. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

I think samsung is playing a dirty game with customers...still using same old tft screen again and again ,same boring desing with no color options,display colors looks so dull.high price,i dnt know why samsung is not using amoled screen?

10. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Why would anyone buy a non-flagship Samsung phone? Very funny

11. GeekMovement unregistered

Agreed, but personally I wouldn't purchase any non-flagship android phones when there are great performing flagships out there. People with budgets? I'd recommend purchasing older flagship models (Galaxy S3, S4, HTC One, etc are practically free up to $50 on contract in some retailers). People who must have non-contact phones should look at the moto G which is not a flagship, but one of the few great budget android devices out there (:

12. GeekMovement unregistered

(Speaking about US residents btw), not sure how older model flagships in other parts of the world are priced, but hopefully people won't use a low end android device, find it a bad experience, and then criticize everything android.

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

At least here in Singapore, old flagships are (usually) kicked out of the shelves and the only way to purchase them is through shops that sell second-hand phones

14. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

In Indonesia you can find brand new year-old flagship like S3, One X etc. for about >$400. That's not budget in any way...

17. GeekMovement unregistered

#13 & #14: Thanks for your inputs, that's really interesting. Hopefully there are some good alternatives for those who cannot afford flagships. I knew someone who used a low end android device, hated it because of how its performance deteriorated quickly, and then started disliking android from the look of the UI to the new features it came on the latest flagships. I was just *facepalm* lol.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Galaxy S2many

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Looks like Sammy will be using the same design language next year LOL! Expect the S5 to look like this with an aluminum front and a plastic/ pleather back. Gotta love the innovation.

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

The specs are decent, but why would they put a first gen kindle screen on it? That's so dumb with a screen of that size...

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Get ready for next year's edition of "Another day, another Galaxy" folks!

7. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

And this announcement also probably means no 4.2 JB update for the original Galaxy Core despite it fullfilling all the spec requirements. Typical Samsung. -_- Only thing they do real good are the S-series and Note series.

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Sounds like junk. Buy a Moto G instead!

2. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Wowwwwww! This one's so.. .. .. .. Ugly.

1. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

m done with too many galaxys ........ samsung should choose other name for budgeted phones n leave this brand name for flagship

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

They have Galaxy S and Note names for flagships.

15. LordDavon

Posts: 184; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I believe that the Galaxy name is the name given by Samsung for their Android line of phones. The letter or name following "Galaxy" represents the series of the phone. Core is one of their low end series, Note is phablet, S is their "superphone", Tab is their tablet series, etc.

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