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.
As 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.