Samsung is set to launch a trio of mid-range handsets soon.
Samsung announced two new variants of the Galaxy Core yesterday: The Galaxy Core Advance and the Galaxy Core LTE. The Galaxy Core Advance is now available in South Korea via SK Telecom for $390. There isn’t much to differentiate the Galaxy Core Advance from the original Galaxy Core other than the increase in screen size from 4.3 inches to 4.7 inches. It is a smart move by Samsung, as devices with larger screen sizes outsell those that are of a smaller form factor in South Korea. However, Samsung;s decision to include a WVGA screen might not have been so wise. The Galaxy Core Advance features a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480, dual-core 1.2GHz processor of unknown origin, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, 5 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-SD slot to boost internal memory and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Another variant of the Galaxy Core, the Galaxy Core LTE, features LTE connectivity. The device comes with a 4.5-inch form factor with a slightly better qHD screen and a larger 2,100 mAh battery. In addition, there is an LTE Category 4 modem that allows for LTE connectivity. Otherwise, the device shares the same hardware details as the Galaxy Core Advance.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Grand Neo was leaked by an online retailer in India. Rumors indicated that Samsung was set to launch the handset at the Mobile World Congress. Thanks to the listing, hardware details of the device have been confirmed, and they include a 5.1-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480, 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor, 1 GB RAM, storage variations of 8 and 16 GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity in addition to a 2,100 mAh battery. The device features a 5 MP shooter at the back and a 0.3 MP shooter at the front. It will come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean along with Samsung’s suite of software utilities like Multi Window mode, S Voice, S Translator, Easy Text and others.
The Galaxy Grand Neo is listed as $300 in India, which might ultimately prove to be too high. The Moto G is available in India for $250 currently, and it offers much better value for money than the Galaxy Grand Neo. The Grand Neo does come in a larger form factor and is targeted at an audience looking for a device with a screen size above 5 inches, but it is unlikely that consumers would pay that much for a device that comes with such antiquated hardware, considering that there are stellar contenders like the Micromax Canvas Turbo, which offers a 5-inch full-HD screen and other high-end features for under $300. Furthermore, Samsung itself has a contender to the Grand Neo in India. The Galaxy Grand 2 price is currently a little above $340, and for that amount the Grand 2 is a better buy in this segment.