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Interface and functionality

Samsung's TouchWiz UI is what you'll find on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the Core Plus. It's not the most feature-filled variant of the firmware, but it's still plenty functional.

The Core Plus is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with Samsung's TouchWiz skin on top. Note that this is the more recent Nature UX 2.0 version of Sammy's software, and it looks more refined visually.

Anyway, this is not the most feature-packed variant of the manufacturer's custom firmware, though it still touts extras such as Driving mode, which reads incoming calls and notifications aloud, and Smart stay, which tries its best to keep the screen on whilst you're looking at it. Moreover, the usual slew of proprietary apps, like ChatON, Memo and Samsung Apps are also built-in.

Processor and memory

Samsung has outfitted the Core Plus with a 1.2Ghz, dual-core processor from Broadcom and 768MB of RAM.

Powering the show from the inside of the Core Plus is a dual-core, 1.2GHz processor by Broadcom, which seems to be handling itself with some dignity. The GPU, a VideoCore IV, has proved to be something of a close second to ARM's Mali-400 in the past.

In the memory department, we've got 768MB of RAM and 4GB of native storage, expandable via microSD cards. This is not the first time we've seen Samsung outfit its entry level warriors with a similar package, though it's worth pointing out that the original Galaxy Core was actually sporting 1GB of RAM instead.

Internet and connectivity

No 4G LTE radio is to be found on the Core Plus, but it's still relatively speedy in terms of browsing.

The Core Plus comes pre-loaded with both Chrome and Samsung's own internet browser, though we definitely felt more at home with the former as it's just more modern.

On the connectivity end, the Galaxy Core Plus does away just fine. It's got support for the now typical: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 3G HSPA+ speeds of up to 21Mbits. It comes with extras, too, including an NFC chip and Wi-Fi Direct capabilities.

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