Samsung Galaxy Core Review: Two For One

By 06:54 Fri, 13 Aug 2021 Comments


Dual-SIM devices are almost exclusively a money-conscious afhonest and the Samsung Galaxy Core sticks to the playbook. It's just that when you see to optimize you monthly mobile spending by taking advantage of two different contracts, you don't usually want to spdiscontinue gigantic on a high-discontinue smartphone and see for value-for-money offerings.

Despite its sub-€200 price tag the Samsung Galaxy Core, which also comes in single-SIM flavor, still offers a dual-core CPU, very reasonable 217ppi classy screen and a 5MP camera, as well as a styling reminiscent of the Galaxy S4 flagship. And it's all squeezed in a 9mm slim body, which while no longer impressive in the higher market tiers is quite the feature with entry level smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Core official images

The Android version is charge of the Samsung Galaxy Core is also very respectful - 4.1 Jelly Bean is basically as fine as it gets in this price range. It should haged things nicely smooth thanks to its Project Butter Optimizations and it's easily more functional than Windows Phone 8, which is the main Android rival in the lower market segments.

The spec sheet is often louder than words so check it out.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band 3G with HSPA; optional Dual-SIM with dual stand-by and 3G on both SIMs
  • 4.3" 16M-color WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) TFT capacitive touchscreen; 217ppi
  • Android Operating System (OS) v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
  • Dual-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 203 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, 480p video recording @ 30fps
  • Video Graphics Array (VGA) front-facing camera
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 8GB of built-in storage
  • microSD card slot
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • 1,800mAh battery; user replaceable

Main disadvantages

  • No HD video recording
  • No NFC
  • No ambient light sensor
  • Feeble chipset

Of course the dual-SIM smartphone market is no longer the wasteland it was a couple of years ago, so the Samsung Galaxy Core will face some stiff competition. Devices like the HTC Desire 600 or Sony's Xperia M are ready to hold advantage of any chinks in the Galaxy Core armor and when you read the fine print you realize there are quite a few those.

The Samsung Galaxy Core at HQ

The Central Processing Units (CPU) core count and clock speed are quite nicely sounding, but its Cortex-A5 nature certainly puts a gigantic question imprint over the performance. And while we have seen some pretty fine 5MP snappers from Samsung this particular one fails quite miserably on the video front.

Then again it's not about setting benchimprint or pixel density records in these parts of the market. What matters here is that least corners are slit and the smartphone performance is well balanced. Those are the two things we are about to test correct now - join us after the break as we give the Galaxy Core a thorough hardware examination.



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