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Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

Samsung Galaxy Core

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Interface:

With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, the Samsung Galaxy Core is a step behind being as current as it gets, even though version 4.2 of the platform has been out for half a year. The UI isn't in its latest form either – Samsung's heavily customized, nature-inspired interface is present on the device, but it is the variant we've known since the Galaxy S III launched, instead of the version found on the Galaxy S4. Not that it's a deal breaker, but it should be mentioned.

So as we said, the UI has undergone some serious alterations – it has been improved both visually and in terms of functionality. As usual, Samsung has enabled the placement of user-specified shortcuts on the lock screen, which speeds up the launching of the camera, the dialer, or any other app that is installed. Toggle buttons have been placed in the notification bar, allowing one to quickly control some of the smartphone's settings. Icons, animations, wallpapers – all of them have been replaced as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Core uses an older version of Samsung's custom UI - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview


However, many of the fancy features found on the company's flagship smartphones, Such as S Health, S Translator, Group Play, and Optical Reader, to name a few, have been omitted. The only perk you get is Smart Stay, which prevents the screen from being turned off as long as the user is still looking at it.

Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
We are content with the on-screen virtual keyboard present on the Samsung Galaxy Core. It is accurate and its keys are well spaced out, so we can comfortably type at above average speeds even in portrait mode.


Dual-SIM features:

There is a dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Core known as the Samsung Galaxy Core Duos. That makes it a smartphone capable of using the services of two carriers at the same time – phone calls, text messages, and data connectivity over 3G – and each of these tasks can be independently assigned to either SIM card. What's more is that the Galaxy Core Duos is a dual active smartphone, and only few of all dual-SIM handsets on the market are like that. In other words, if one SIM card is used during a phone call, the other is still operational, so it can receive calls, text messages, and cellular data.


Processor and memory:

The Samsung Galaxy Core ranks below the average when it comes to raw processing power. It is equipped with a Snapdragon S4 Play SoC – the MSM8625, which packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 203 graphics, and 1GB of RAM has been thrown in as well. That's enough oomph to provide an overall passable user experience, but flawless task execution shouldn't be expected from this handset. In fact, choppiness and lags can be quite common, especially when there are apps running in the background. Casual games, such as Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja, run fluidly, but more demanding titles can be choppy.

Since the Samsung Galaxy Core comes with just 8GB of built-in storage, half of which is taken up by system files, you'll run out of space rather quickly. That is, unless you pop in a microSD card to store your music, photos, and videos on it.


Web browser and connectivity:

For the most part, browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Core is a smooth experience. What the stock browser struggles with is loading and rendering heavy pages, but other than that, we have nothing to complain about. Embedded YouTube videos are playable and so are animated GIFs. In addition, there's the so-called Reader mode, which is used to clear certain web pages from ads and unnecessary images, leaving only the body of an article for easy reading.

Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Core is a smooth experience - Samsung Galaxy Core Preview

Connecting to the internet from the Samsung Galaxy Core is done either via Wi-Fi, or using its 3G radio, which is capable of reaching peak download speeds of only 7.2Mbps. Further connectivity features include GPS, Bluetooth, and FM Radio.

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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
1 GB RAM
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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