The Korean tech giant, Samsung on Monday unveiled its latest mid-range Android smartphone, aptly called the Galaxy Core Advance, aimed at people on a budget.
In terms of design, the Galaxy Core Advance is reminiscent of Samsung’s latest rugged smartphone, the Galaxy S4 Active. It also carries a slight resemblance to the manufacturer’s current flagship model, the Galaxy S4, but slightly more square in shape.
The specs seem somewhat dated, though it’s understandable due to the nature of the handset. It touts a basic 4.7- inch 480×800 LCD display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, along with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 2000mAh battery.
There’s also a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, with a VGA front-facing for video conferencing. You’ll also get 3G and Wi-Fi support, with no added extra of 4G connectivity, sadly.
As for software, the new Galaxy Core Advance will come pre-loaded with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is disappointing to see when v4.4 KitKat is the latest version. However, the handset won’t be lacking any features as Samsung will chuck plenty of things via its TouchWiz user interface, using custom apps like S Voice, S Translator and Group Play as great examples.
What’s more is that Samsung has decided to go the extra mile by providing specific functions and accessibility features for disabled and visually impaired users. One particular feature is called ‘Optical Scan’, which cleverly recognizes text from an image, reading it out aloud to the user. Plus, there’s also an instant voice recorder which allows for quick and easy voice notes.
The handset is set to launch in early 2014, with Samsung confirming that there will be blue and white models to choose from. It’ll also cost in the region of £150 and £200 ($245 and $325 at current exchange rates), proving to be huge competition for the likes of Nokia who produce similar sort of budget-end smartphones.