Samsung announces Galaxy Core 2 and three other budget handsets

by: Andrew GrushJune 30, 2014


Part of the magic revolving around Samsung is that there is a device that fits into the needs of just about every type of consumer from the hardcore power user to the casual enthusiast, the photographer and the outdoorsman. Of course all these models also add to the confusion and frustration many folks feel when looking through Samsung’s offerings.

Adding a bit more choice and confusion to the list, Samsung has now announced four new budget models with the most powerful model being the Galaxy Core II. The GC 2 features a 4.5-5inch WVGA display, a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, 768MB RAM, 4GB storage, microSD, a 5MP shooter with LED flash and a 2000mAh battery. Following behind it is the Galaxy Ace 4, with a smaller 4-inch WVGA display and a 1GHz or 1.2GHz dual-core CPU — depending on the market. There’s also a 1500 or 1800 mAh battery and optional LTE connectivity.


Left: Galaxy Ace 4 / Center: Galaxy Young 2 / Right: Galaxy Star 2

On the even lower-end of the scale you’ll finds the Galaxy Young 2 and the Galaxy Star 2. Both handsets offer a single-core 1GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch HGVA display and a 1300 mAh battery. The only difference is that the Galaxy Star has a 2MP camera over the 3MP shooter in the Young 2.

None of these handsets are going to impress anyone and will likely cost more than more powerful options like the Moto E and Moto X, but they will no doubt sell well due to the massive level of brand recognition surrounding Samsung. On the plus side, at least all the above handsets offer Android 4.4 KitKat and the newest version of TouchWiz, both of which should help the devices’ performance when compared to similarly spec’d Samsung devices with older versions of Android.

For more details about the four new budget devices, you’ll want to head over to Samsung’s official blog.

  • Jérémie Gaucher

    only 768mb of ram ?????

    • Brian Dong Min Kim

      Expect the pricing to go around $120 USD.

  • Vivek Roongta

    768MB ram and it has Kitkat support where as S3 i9300 has 1GB RAM and still no Kitkat support.. Hypocrite Samsung x(

    • Yuga Max

      POOR S3

      • Vivek Roongta

        No problem for me.. I am anyway running Paranoid Android ROM. But it would have been good to have samsung ROM option too :D

  • Amuro Ray

    i miss the old day when… galaxy young for low end market, galaxy ace for middle end market, and galaxy s with note as the flagship for high end market

    good old days sammy good old days…

  • Neosaurus

    One of these competing with the X? Don’t you mean the G? Either way, The Moto will always win.

  • Vishwas Gowda

    I was a hardcore samsung smartphone fan till my Note N7000 got dead suddenly…the authorized service center people tell they have to change the whole motherboard….I hate samsung for the cheap build quality of the phones…Samsung is good only at high end segment though they have cheap build quality.

    • My name is….

      Because that couldnt happen with some other brand…

      You are right in hating Sammy but for the wrong reasons

  • Jayfeather787

    My HTC Sensation feels good. Thanks Samsung!

  • Luka Mlinar

    Can you run touchwiz on that? O.o

    • Cmdline34

      According to Samsung it will be running the “simplified TouchWiz Essence interface”, whatever that will be. But still, if it’s TouchWiz it’s bound to be crazy slow.

  • Mur

    What the hell is with this 768MB of memory Samsung? RAM is so ridiculously cheap it would cost them nothing to have a full gig instead.

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