We’ve been seeing manufacturers help prolong certain designs which ought to be faded out by now. Like QWERTY keyboards, physical buttons below the screen are pretty much outdated, but Samsung doesn’t feel the same. Its latest Android smartphone, the Galaxy Core Advance, comes with hardware home, back and menu buttons instead of on-screen or capacitive touch ones like in new devices.
The Galaxy Core Advance is an enhanced version of the Core handset that went official back in May. Compared to its predecessor, the new release has a larger design where it features a 4.7-inch display instead of a 4.3-inch one. The TFT panel implemented here proffers the same WVGA 480 x 800 pixel resolution as the previous model.
The Galaxy Core Advance runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and there is the possibility of it being updated to a newer version of the platform, probably 4.4 KitKat, in the coming months. The device also includes Samsung’s exclusive TouchWiz interface and applications which like Sound & Shot, Group Play, S Translator, Easy Mode, S Voice, S Beam and many more.
Powering up the smartphone is a dual core 1.2GHz processor. The company has thrown in 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Additionally, the Galaxy Core Advance features a microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB. Like in the original, you’ll get a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front snapper. This one however, doesn’t have dual SIM slots. For connectivity, the handset sports HSPA, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. Lastly, there’s a 2,000mAh battery onboard.
The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance is expected to make its debut early next year in deep blue and pearl white shades. The company notes that dedicated accessories will be launched for the device to enhance its capabilities.