Samsung Smartphone Market Share Rises
Models pose for photographers with Samsung's latest flagship smartphone - the Galaxy S Series smartphone - during its launch event at the company's headquarters in Seoul April 25, 2013. (Credit: Reuters)

Samsung's mid-range Galaxy Core smartphone, which made its appearance earlier this week on the company's official India website and many other e-retailers, is now for up pre-orders in the country with an official price tag of ₹15,350.

The Android Jelly Bean smartphone is also listed with a street price tag of ₹15,199 at Infibeam. The company will begin shipments of the smartphone from July 1.

Regarding the specifications of the handset which was announced in May, the device sports a 4.3-inch WVGA display with a screen resolution of 800×480 pixels and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. It hosts a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and a VGA camera on the front. On the connectivity front, the device supports dual-SIM card slots, 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS and runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with TouchWiz UI on top.

Like other Samsung phones, Galaxy Core also comes preloaded with features like Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Motion UI and S Voice. Smart Stay help to prolong battery life by dimming the screen light of the handset when the user is not looking at the screen. Smart Alert alerts the user about missed calls and messages when the phone is picked up. The other app, Motion UI, helps the user to refresh the device with simple movements.

The device is expected to compete against smartphones like HTC Desire X, HTC Desire XDS, LG Optimus Black, Sony Xperia J and Sony Xperia Neo L which also boast similar kind of features and price range.