Samsung’s mid-range smartphone Galaxy Core has been spotted on pre-order at a couple of online retailers. It has also made an appearance on the company’s official e-store, where it's said to be shipping from July 1 for Rs 15,350. Available for the same price on Flipkart, and Rs 15,199 on Infibeam, the Galaxy Core is certainly one of the more affordable phones in the Samsung portfolio.

Just like most of Samsung’s recent launches, the Galaxy Core comes with Jelly Bean, but with version 4.1. With a 4.3-inch WVGA display, the Galaxy Core doesn’t have the best screen in the market. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM, and is only 8.95 mm thick. One of the key features of the Galaxy Core is the dual-SIM dual standby feature, which allows users to receive a call on the second SIM even when the first SIM is busy.

Galaxy Core now on pre-order

Galaxy Core now on pre-order

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Core enjoys Wi-Fi support up to the n band and has HSPA cellular connectivity. This one comes with 8GB of storage with support for up to 32GB microSD cards. We have worries about the low 1800 mAh battery in the Galaxy Core, but the phone is fittingly low-specced for that battery unit. There’s a 5-megapixel camera on the back along with a 0.3-megapixel front-facing shooter. Neither is capable of 1080p videos, but there’s an LED flash for shooting not-so-bad low-light shots.

To our eyes and ears, the Galaxy Core sounds like a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S2, which also has the same display size and resolution as well as a dual-core CPU. Well, at least, the design has changed from the rectangular shaped body to a curvier shape, that’s in line with the more recent Samsung smartphones. This one is available in blue and white.

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