As expected Samsung has launched the mid-range Galaxy Core 2 smartphone in India for Rs 11,900. The Galaxy Core 2 is listed on the official Samsung e-store in India and will be available in two colours.
The follow-up to the Galaxy Core phone launched last year, the Core 2 is a dual-SIM phone that runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. Of course it won’t be without the company’s TouchWiz UI on top, so you are getting a similar software experience as the higher-end models.
The specs of the phone are average at best and as we have pointed out in the past, it continues Samsung’s tradition of unimaginative refreshses. In this case, the Core 2 has a 4.5-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) TFT display, which is quite far behind the 720p displays on the Asus Zenfone 5, the Moto G and even the qHD display of the Moto E. It is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz coupled with 768MB of RAM. The Galaxy Core 2 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a VGA (0.3-megapixel) front-facing camera. Don’t expect high-quality images from this combination, but expect a ton of software features packed into the camera’s UI. The 4GB internal storage is expandable via a microSD card (up to 64GB).
There’s Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and 3G, for cellular data. The best feature of the Galaxy Core 2 is probably its 2000mAh battery, which should take you through the day easily. However, as we have argued in the past, Samsung needs to change its strategy of churning out model after model, with minor incremental changes. Rival manufacturers, and new players such as Xiaomi, have, in comparison, become more mature and are looking at differentiation through software and hardware, with each refresh cycle.