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Samsung has unveiled a new smartphone in the Core family.
The Galaxy Core Max is the largest smartphone in the Core line. At the moment, it is available in the Chinese market, but it is widely expected that the phone will go worldwide in the coming months. The Galaxy Core Max is a dual SIM handset with mid range specs, but does run on the Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with the Touch Wiz UI of Samsung.
Design and Display
There are no differences in the design section, the phone looks just like the Core 2. However, it is larger. The display has grown up to 4.8 inches, and the Super AMOLED display delivers resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It is notably slimmer than other Core smartphones. Measurements are 136 x 70 x 8, with weight set at 132 grams. Considering it has larger display, the device somehow manages to lower the weight, compared to the Core 2. At the moment is listed only in white color, but that might change, considering that Core 2 was available in both black and white variants.
Hardware and Operating System
We mentioned that the device comes with mid range specs. But the quad core processor is quite nice, and has a maximum speed limited at 1.2 GHz. The Core Max comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB built in storage memory. However, users can upgrade the memory via microSD card for an additional 64 GB. The device runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat out from the box and has the Touch Wiz UI on top of it. For a mid range device, the phone comes with some nice connectivity options, most notably, it can connect to 4G/LTE networks.
We must say we are impressed with the camera that the Core Max delivers. Taking into consideration that Core handsets are mostly targeting budget class price range, the Core Max comes with a decent 8-MP shooter on the back of the device and a 5-MP sensor on the front that is suitable for taking selfies.
The capacity of the battery is set at 2200 mAh. How does that translate to talk time, media play and standby, we have yet to see.
No word on the pricing of the device yet. However, we can speculate how much it might cost. Given the fact that the price for the Core 2 is set at $190, the one for the Galaxy Core is $170, one can expect the Core Max to bump the price for at least $30, which would result in a starting price of $220.
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