The Galaxy S4 only recently hit shop shelves, and now Samsung has followed it up with a low-end alternative, the Galaxy Core. The phone leaked a couple of weeks ago, but has only just been made official.
While its specs might not hold a candle to the S4, it does come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, bringing Google Now and Google's Advanced Voice Search. Its dual-SIM tech also helps it stand out from other budget blowers, letting you switch between two numbers, for business and pleasure. It comes in a single-SIM variant as well, if you don't want to splash out on a second line.
The Galaxy Core has a 4.3-inch screen (remember when that was considered big?), with a resolution of 480x800-pixels, so it's not going to look great next to the likes of the S4. Inside is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of memory, and 1GB of RAM. On imaging duties is a 5-megapixel rear camera.
The Core also pinches a few of the S4's features. Smart Stay knows when you're looking at the screen and keeps it lit until you look away, so no more prodding to keep it awake. Smart Alert lets you know about missed calls and messages as soon as you pick up the handset. Thanks to Motion UI, you can activate common functions like refresh or mute just by waving your hand. You can also speak to control the phone using S Voice.
The dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Core will be out this month, with the single-SIM following in July.
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