Smartphone leader, Samsung has released a budget Android handset dubbed as Galaxy Core 2 in India.
Samsung's entry level smartphone made its official global debut in late June. It flaunts a 4.5-inch WVGA (800x480p) screen with faux-leather shell on the rear-side and ships with Android 4.4 KitKat OS out-of-the-box.
Under the hood, it houses 1.2GHZ quad-core processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 64GB), 5.0-megapixel camera, 0.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Though the phone runs on the Android KitKat OS, Samsung will have a tough time convincing shrewd Indian buyers who have numerous choices like feature-rich Moto G, Xiaomi Mi3, which are available around the same price range and some domestic brands such as Micromax Canvas Fire, Canvas Unite 2, Entice A105, and Engage A091. It will be competing with popular MNC brand Moto E and local counterparts - Lava (Iris X1), Xolo (Q600s), Celkon (Campus A35K), Karbonn (Titanium S99), Intex Aqua Curve Mini and Moto E, which are all priced below ₹8,000.
In related news, Samsung is reportedly prepping a budget variant of the flagship phone – Galaxy S5 Neo. It is said to feature 4.7-inch HD (1280x720p) display and ship with the latest Android v4.4.4 KitKat OS powered by the company's in-house built Exynos Octa-core processor backed by ARM Mali-T628 Hexa-core graphics card, 2GB RAM and 32GB in-built memory.
Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy Core 2:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Core 2|
|Display||4.5-inch WVGA screen with 800x480p resolutions|
|OS||Android v4.4 KitKat|
|Processor||1.2GHz quad-core CPU|
|Storage capacity||4GB, expandable up to 64GB|
|Camera||Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, auto-focus
Front: 0.3-megapixel (VGA) camera
|Network||2G & 3G|
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n),micro-USB, A-GPS,|
|Dimensions||129.7 x 67.9 x 9.8 mm|