Samsung is bringing a large 4.7-inch display to the budget phone world, with its 2014 Galaxy Core Advance set to offer a large WVGA display in an oddly retro, button-using chassis. The phone’s powered by a dual-core processor running at 1.2GHz, which is paired with 1GB of RAM. That puts it down near the budget end of Android performance, plus the 5MP main and VGA front cameras aren’t particularly cutting-edge either.
And for some reason, Android 4.2 is the launch OS. It’s a bit of a mess. Speaking of which:
Not the prettiest thing. The only saving grace could be a super-cheap RRP, but that’s unlikely. Samsung will probably shove this out on the networks and hope a few suckers end up paying £29 a month for it after being told it’s the “newest Samsung Galaxy” by a man in a call centre.
Here’s the thing from Samsung, which came via Samsung UK — so we image a UK launch will happen:
SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES THE GALAXY CORE ADVANCE
Intuitive features and premium design showcase Samsung’s commitment to innovation
London, UK – December 16, 2013 – Samsung Electronics today introduced the Galaxy Core Advance, combining the powerful Galaxy user experience with enhanced features. The Galaxy Core Advance has a premium design, sporting a large 4.7” display as well as a soft coated back cover that makes it more durable, and giving it a soft touch, making it easier and more comfortable to grip in your hand. The Galaxy Core Advance also incorporates physical keys for frequently used features and dedicated keys for voice recorder, camera, volume, menu, home and power functions.
Together with its stylish design, Galaxy Core Advance provides a connected experience with updated Bluetooth 4.0. The Galaxy Core comes equipped with GPS with GLONASS offering improved location accuracy and NFC with S Beam so you can share information such as YouTube videos, contact details and audio files with just a tap. The Galaxy Core Advance delivers a range of smart features, including S Voice, S Translator, Sound & Shot, Group Play and Easy Mode.
To extend the Galaxy experience to more people, the Galaxy Core Advance also has convenient usability functions and enhanced accessibility features for disabled and visually impaired users. Key features include Optical Scan which automatically recognises text from an image and reads it aloud, light sensing technology that uses the camera to sense light direction and brightness, and instant voice recorder that offers simplified access to make quick voice notes. The device is also equipped with screen curtain that means you can operate commands on a black screen to ensure privacy and saves battery life, high quality TTS (text-to-speech) functionalities and voice guided camera functions so you can take pictures by reading out the number of faces detected and their standing location.
Galaxy Core Advance will be offered in Deep Blue and Pearl White. A range of dedicated accessories will also be available separately.
UK availability will be announced in due course.
Galaxy Core Advance Product Specifications
HSPA 14.4/5.76 Mbps
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz (EUR)
Dual Core 1.2 GHz
133.3 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm, 145g
4.7” WVGA TFT
1GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory, microSD up to 64GB
*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.
5MP AF + VGA
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Wi-Fi b/g/n/, 2.4 GHz; USB 2.0 H/S; NFC; BT 4.0; GPS + GLONASS
Features & Services
Sound & Shot, Group Play, S Translator, Easy Mode, S Voice, S Beam, Instant Voice Recorder, Voice Guidance (TTS, Voice Guided Camera, Text Reader), FM Radio