Samsung’s been in the business of creating “Mini” smartphones for some time now. The Galaxy S3 had a “Galaxy S3 Mini,” and did Samsung’s Galaxy S4. The Galaxy Core series started with the first-generation Galaxy Core, Galaxy Advance, and then the Galaxy Core Plus. Now, a fourth smartphone will be added to this Galaxy collection: the Samsung Galaxy Core Mini.
A 4G Galaxy Core Mini has been announced in China, and the device provides the 4G experience worldwide that so many have come to know and love. The Galaxy Core Mini 4G is a single-SIM phone (no dual-SIM here), with 3G TD-SCDMA and 4G TD-LTE technology that characterizes the Chinese consumer network (China Mobile, for example). The Galaxy Core Mini 4G comes with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and weighs 136 grams.
The Galaxy Core Mini 4G (model number SM-G3568V) features a 1.2Ghz, quad-core processor (chipset model unknown) with 8GB of internal memory storage with 1.5GB of random access memory (RAM). You still get Samsung’s tried-and-true microSD card slot with expandable memory storage up to 64GB. As for the display, the Galaxy Core Mini 4G features a 4.3-inch, Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT) display with an 800 x 480 pixel screen resolution, a 5MP rear-facing camera (front-facing camera unknown) and has Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed.
The microSD memory storage remains at 64GB, despite Samsung’s climb to 128GB microSD card storage in its high-end Galaxy S5 (and soon its Note 4) – but remember that the Galaxy Core Mini 4G is marketed to consumers on a budget. This is why the device only features 8GB of internal memory storage. When you consider the low memory storage (local to the device, sans microSD card), as well as the low 5MP rear-facing camera (for 720p photos) and the low screen resolution (800 x 480; 217ppi), it’s clear that the Galaxy Core Mini 4G is designed to appeal to consumers who want the latest in Android (4.4 KitKat) but don’t want to pay much for a decent camera and display. The 1.2Ghz processor, although quad-core, is designed for the same purpose that Motorola designed the Moto G or Moto E for – to offer a budget-friendly option for consumers.
We’ve no details on when Samsung will start sales in China, or if Samsung will sell the Galaxy Core Mini 4G outside the country. We’ll keep you posted on the Galaxy Core Mini 4G as updated information arrives.