KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Core Advance smartphone on Monday, complete with ageing specifications.
Samsung will release the Galaxy Core Advance in early 2014, and it clearly is aimed at budget conscious shoppers. This is confirmed by the handset's low-end specifications, which include a 4.7in 480x800 TFT LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Core Advance will arrive with Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system rather than its newer Android 4.4 Kitkat version, and Samsung will skin this with its own custom Touchwiz user interface.
As well as making Android almost unrecognisable, Touchwiz furnishes the handset with several custom apps, such as S Voice, S Translator and Group Play.
Clearly aiming the Galaxy Core Advance at an older audience, Samsung added, "[The] Galaxy Core Advance also provides convenient usability functions and enhanced accessibility features for disabled and visually impaired users.
"Key usability and accessibility features include Optical Scan that automatically recognizes text from an image and reads it aloud to the user, Light Sensing technology that uses the device's camera to sense light direction and brightness, and Instant Voice Recorder that offers simplified access to make quick voice notes."
Other specifications include 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera and a 2,000mAh battery. There's 3G and WiFi support onboard too, with Samsung opting against adding 4G LTE, no doubt to keep the handset's price down.
There's no word on the handset's price yet, but it's likely to be sub-£300. Samsung has said that the phone will be available in early 2014 in blue and white models, with specific UK release date details to be announced shortly. µ
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