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Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

Samsung Galaxy Core

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Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

Them Samsung phones just keep on coming! Here's one of the latest members of the gang – the Samsung Galaxy Core, which is a fairly priced Android model available in both single- and dual-SIM flavors. Priced at about $300 off contract, it doesn't really have much to impress with. A quick run down its specs sheet shows that it comes with a 4.3-inch screen, 5MP camera, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – heavily skinned by Samsung – comes pre-loaded onto the device. So yes, it looks like there's nothing that the Samsung Galaxy Core has to surprise us with, yet we are definitely going to give it a chance anyway. Read on as we take an almost final Galaxy Core prototype unit for a preview.


Unsurprisingly, to say the least, Samsung has chosen to stick with its tried and trusted design formula. And that can be interpreted as either good or bad, depending on what a potential buyer's priorities are: it is true that the Samsung Galaxy Core looks like a dozen other Galaxies and doesn't really have anything to stand out visually other than the criss-cross pattern covering its surface, but on the other hand, those curved corners do look nice and have a positive impact on ergonomics, making the device comfortable to hold. Made of glossy plastic, the Galaxy Core feels nothing more than ordinary to the touch, but its non-slippery finish actually resists fingerprints quite well.

Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

For those who are into numbers, the Samsung Galaxy Core weighs 124 grams so yes, it is pretty light, although its weight is average for a smartphone of this caliber. Its has a thickness of under 9 millimeters so it is slim and slips easily into any bag or pocket. As of this writing, there are two color variants of the device – white and dark blue.

Samsung Galaxy Core
5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches
129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Samsung Galaxy Core

LG Optimus L7 II
4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches
121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm
4.07 oz (116 g)

LG Optimus L7 II

5.04 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches
128 x 66.9 x 9.2 mm
4.30 oz (122 g)


Sony Xperia SP
5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches
130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)

Sony Xperia SP

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The buttons on the Galaxy Core are arranged in a typical for Samsung manner, with a physical home key in the middle under the screen and two capacitive buttons for the “menu” and “back” functions on its sides. Being large enough and well spaced out makes these keys easy to hit and hard to press accidentally. The volume and power buttons are on the left and right sides of the smartphone respectively and we can confirm that they are easy to reach.

The volume rocker is on the left - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The power buttons resides on the right - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The 3.5mm headset jack can be found on the top - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

The volume rocker is on the left

The power buttons resides on the right

The 3.5mm headset jack can be found on the top


Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The 4.3-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy Core is okay in terms of size, but nothing special when it comes to quality. It has a below average resolution of 480 by 800 pixels (217ppi), and while photos and videos displayed on it look fine, small-sized text can be hard to read. Colors are accurate in general, but shift towards the warm side if the screen is tilted even at a slight angle.

We find it annoying that the Galaxy Core has no light sensor. This means that the smartphone is unable to set the brightness of the screen automatically, depending on how much ambient light is present. Instead, the user has to set the brightness manually using the slider in the notification bar.

Using the Samsung Galaxy Core outdoors can be a challenge. That's because the screen's surface is very reflective, making it really hard to see what's being displayed unless the user covers the screen with their hand.

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posted on 04 Jul 2013, 10:03 4

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

do these iWebsites not get that samsung is a HUGE company that has alot of different groups to keep happy? geez get over the another samsung phone unlike apple aka your owner samsung has a choice for all income levels.

posted on 04 Jul 2013, 11:54 1

2. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

You fail to see the point in this preview.... The Point in this review is that their is no point in this phone... Samsung has 3 other devices that fall under this same exact category and are priced the same. I mean some of you say that this site is biased towards samsung....some say it is biased against samsung...why the hell can't you guys realize that every reviewer is baised and there is nothing wrong with being biased...All reviewers have a phone that they prefer and if a phone they are reviewing doesn't meet up to the standard of the phone they prefer, no matter the grade, then so be it...

I don't care for the tonality of the review because most of the time the review covers valid points even if the disposition is negative. You all make it seem wrong that these reviewers are fans of particular brands and OEMs too...

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 00:19

3. Samsomesh (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

Does it have S voice..?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 04:03

6. kumar2010 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)

yes is thr

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 03:09

4. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Nice budget phone with good specs.. I'm sure lot of people will prefer this...................

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 15:11

5. Nilson34 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

Is the dual SIM version of Samsung Galaxy Core will be available for Bulgarian market?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 04:12

7. kumar2010 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)

hi guys pls dont buy samsung galaxy core and samsung quattro.
the features are good but the main thing is battery back up is waste.. i bought galaxy core 3 days bak.. stand by is giving only 1 day if i used this its giving 5 hr back up... dont by friends choose another one.

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PhoneArena rating:
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
Size5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches
(129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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