Samsung unveils budget friendly Galaxy Core Advance

by: Shawn IngramDecember 16, 2013


Today, Samsung added yet another smartphone to its Galaxy lineup with the new Samsung Galaxy Core Advance, a budget friendly phone that will come out next year.

You’ll be excused if you don’t recognize the Galaxy Core Advance as a new smartphone, because at first glance it looks like a cross between the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S4 Active. The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance has a design similar that’s somewhat similar to the Galaxy S3, but the physical buttons of the Galaxy S4 Active. The new phone isn’t nearly as well spec’d as those other Galaxy phones, however.

The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance has a 4.7-inch screen that’s slightly smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S3 screen, but with a much-lower WVGA resolution. It also has a slower, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for expanding storage. It has a 5MP rear-facing camera and a front-facing VGA camera.

Galaxy Core Advance BlueAs if to prove the point that this isn’t a phone for those who want the latest and greatest, Samsung will ship the Galaxy Core Advance with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. When it comes out early in 2014 the phone will already be two major Android OS updates behind, despite Google’s efforts to make Android 4.4 KitKat work well on lower-end smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance will come in Deep Blue and Pearl White for an as-yet-unannounced price. It’s likely headed for emerging markets instead of the U.S., given its specs. If it does come to any U.S. carrier you can probably expect to pay a low price for the unlocked version or to get it for free on contract.

  • Jayfeather787

    I rather have a Nexus 4, or a Nexus 5, if it costs less than this.

    • Thomas

      I would probably just get a Moto G, there is no way that phone is cheaper then it.

      • Jayfeather787

        Moto G is a good phone, too. Faster than this, and cheaper. Samsung phones cost too much.

  • Tanner Hoyt

    SAMSUNG, F****NG STAHPPPP!!!!!! Way too many phones. Choice is good, but this is taking “choice” way too far. Flood the market more please?

    • PhoenixPath

      Samsung! Go Home! You’re Drunk!

  • Azeem

    Piece of crap. Samsung has no chance in competing in the low end market. The Moto G craps on this phone.

  • MadCowOnAStick

    if it’s like $200

    • Shark Bait

      Moto g blows everything out the water! Samsung does have a bigger brand on its side, that’s all

  • Ric

    OMG that is the ugliest thing i ever see

  • AndroidBoss

    We already have a budget phone called the Moto G.

    • RanRu

      Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Active Zoom Core II Duo Advance HD 4G LTE!

      Edit: This… isn’t who I meant to respond to. Oops.

      • AndroidBoss


  • Mozaik

    Please samsung keep the name of smartphone fucking simple .

  • abqnm

    480p on a 4.7″ screen? That is a DPI of 199. Terrible even for a budget phone. And couple that with what is likely an off brand dual core Cortex a7 chip, and this needs to hit at maybe $100 to even be competitive with the Moto G. Otherwise it is a waste of money. Too bad a lot of people will likely buy it because it is a Samsung Galaxy and looks similar to an S3. Samsung fooling consumers again.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      A lot of people wants the brand name and different twists in design. Samsung just wants to please them all. XD

      • abqnm

        And that is why Samsung is winning in the smartphone war but also hurting android at the same time. People go off the brand recognition. “Oh look, this Samsung Galaxy looks cool. And it is super cheap. And it is from the number one smartphone manufacturer so it has to be amazing. I have to have it.” And then the complaints start pouring in and this sours the name of Android in the process. They will use the phone and not get the Galaxy S4 experience they were expecting and then go on to talking bad about “Android” because the media has made everything about iPhone versus Android rather than iPhone versus Samsung versus LG and so on.

  • Iwan Haniyoto

    Another Samsung cheap products with higher price rate.
    Cheap build quality with glossy plastics. Only for dummies looking for branded smartphone, and Samsung flooding them with sooo many model with Galaxy line.
    That’s why I never buy Samsung products again.

  • GasparIPerez

    Samsung has gone too far with their “budget” phones. I mean, there’s at least 20 different Samsung lines out there, all with almost the same specs and look, many of them looking like cheap China copies of their own phones. If they don’t stop this and decide to make their flagships better (looking at you touchwiz, laggy and with way too slow updates), then I’ll be moving to a Nexus or maybe a Moto, if they ever sell them here in Europe.
    One thing I like about Apple is that they’re devices all make sense, it’s clear which device is a flagship and which one is a budget, and the interactivity between them is better, the whole echosystem makes sense. Google is slowly becoming better at this, and Motorola is just, well, doing a great job with their echosystem as well. Samsung, get your shit together.

  • Chris Voyce

    Looks exactly like the ace 3 too many midrange phone that are identical, in 2013 they must have about 6 new devices

  • Chris Voyce

    I agree with GasparlPerez I have a s4 and when my contract is up i think the nexus 5 looks great

  • Luka Mlinar

    People complaining about to much choice? O.o
    OMG don’t buy it, buy an iPhone instated and move on FFS!

  • Bob

    S II Reborn