Samsung has made yet another apparently unexciting mid-range smartphone official, although the Galaxy Core Advance actually has what it takes to leave a mark on a so far ignored mobile market segment.
At a first glance, the 4.7-incher looks extremely similar to the Galaxy S4 Active, bar the water and dust protection. However, a number of unique functions are deeply integrated in Core Advance’s on-board software, making this thing perfect for disabled and visually impaired users.
Leading the innovative feature pack, you have Optical Scan, which automatically recognizes text from an image and reads it aloud to the user. Pretty nifty, huh? But that’s not all. Samsung has also equipped the Core Advance with something called Screen Curtain, an Instant Voice Recorder and Light Sensing technology.
The goal? Make those less fortunate migrate from yesteryear’s basic and unyielding feature phones to smart devices that are accessible and easier to use than ever. The physical buttons borrowed from the S4 Active work towards the same end game, as does the seemingly modest 5 MP rear-facing camera, armed with Voice Guided functions. Talk about innovation and simplicity all rolled up into one.
As for your standard specs and features, they’re basically duplicates of the original Galaxy Core’s, unveiled back in May. The display is 0.4 inches bigger, the battery is consequently supersized, to 2,000 mAh, but everything else is the same old, same old.
1 GB RAM? Check. 8 GB on-board storage, dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, microSD support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS? Likewise. Oh, yeah, there’s one more little tweak to note, the emphasis being on “little”: you get pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, not 4.1.
Expected out in “early 2014” in Deep Blue and Pearl White, the Core Advance doesn’t have a price tag attached to its name, but it can’t possibly cost an arm and a leg. My guesstimate? $230, $250 tops.