Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, Humble yet Affordable



About two months ago, in November, Samsung released an entry-level device designed for those of you who need a modest, but capable smartphone, and don’t go for the high-end features that are found within flagships. The handset I’m talking about is the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, an affordable device that sports a 4.5 inches screen, 5 MP camera, a decent 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chipset and also comes in two versions, a single SIM and a dual-SIM one. If the aforementioned features are enough for you, keep reading and find out more about it.

Let’s take a look at it. In terms of design, the Galaxy Core Prime is no different than most of its siblings from the Galaxy family, if you’re familiar with their appearance, you’ll know what I’m talking about when checking it out from the pictures. I have to say that this look is kind of outdated and even overused, but this doesn’t really matter if you don’t actually care about this aspect and settle with the already classic design that defines it.
The handset measures 130.8 x 67.9 x 8.8 mm and has a weight of 130 grams, being reasonably sized for a device that’s carrying a 4,5 inches screen. Although it’s entirely made from plastic, the Galaxy Core Prime feels pretty solid and well put together. The simple looking body is surrounded by a metallic stripe, which isn’t actually made from metal, it just looks like it, and adds a touch of elegance to the overall appearance.

The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime holds a 4.5 inches TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a pixel density of 207 ppi. Regarding image quality, the display is nothing to write home about, as it holds decent colors and viewing angles, but performs poorly on the outside, under direct sunlight. Also, it lacks protection, so you’ll need to be careful with scratches and all that. Even though it sounds disappointing, keep in mind that this fella is an entry level affordable device, so you shouldn’t have high hopes regarding it.

When it comes to user interface, the Galaxy Core Prime is loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which has been customized with Samsung’s proprietary UI, TouchWiz. It supports a maximum number of 5 homescreens, offers a notification area which displays your notifications (naturally), quick toggles, a slide for adjusting the brightness and a Settings key. The interface is friendly and easy to use, so you won’t be having any issues when browsing through it even if you’re not familiar with it.
At the hardware department, the Galaxy Core Prime holds support for a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chipset, holding a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory which can be extended via a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The handset is a strong performer and runs nice and smooth through the interface, but I really think that it’ll do an even better job when receiving the Lollipop update.

At the connectivity section, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime offers support for quad-band GSM and quad-band or six-band 3G and LTE (depending on the model), Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Hospot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC and microUSB 2.0.

One of the most important “weapons” owned by a smartphone is its camera. The Galaxy Core Prime holds onto a 5 MP snapper with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. For a camera from this league, this one does an awesome job and delivers some beautiful pictures, with accurate colors, good contrast and a decent amount of resolved detail. The camera interface enables you to adjust the ISO, white balance, exposure and you also have support for image effects or Panorama.
The video camera is also very decent and produces some pretty 720p videos @30 fps.
For taking “selfies” or just making video calls, the phone also has a secondary 2MP camera

Some other useful apps and features that might be of interest for you are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for getting around, an FM Radio with RDS support, two very capable browsers (the standard Android one and Google Chrome), a file explorer, .two very good apps for audio and video playback and much more.

The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is kept alive by a 2,000 mAh battery and will endure almost three days of light-moderate usage.



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