Samsung has never kept the Galaxy series dull, but in that too, we get to see some specific devices getting their sucessor models in quick succession, and one of such is the Samsung Galaxy Core which was launched earlier this year, and we are seeing two new Core devices being announced already – Galaxy Core Plus and Galaxy Core Advance. There are no huge changes between these different smartphones, but Samsung knows how to make the most out of the successful mid-range devices and gain the market share.
Let us compare all the three with all the different aspects taken into consideration.
Design, screen and display
There is no much difference in the three in terms of design, as Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones are almost the same at looks. But still, the Core Advance at least has got some difference on the front side where below the screen, there are three physical buttons instead of the single home button seen in the other two. The display is the same in all the three, except that the Galaxy Core Advance has a bigger 4.7-inch display, but the resolution is the same – WVGA.
|Smartphone||Screen and Display|
|Samsung Galaxy Core||4.3-inch, TFT, 480 x 800 pixels|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Plus||4.3-inch, TFT, 480 x 800 pixels|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Advance||4.7-inch, TFT, 480 x 800 pixels|
Processor, RAM and Storage
Again here, Samsung has done nothing much with the processor though we aren’t sure about the chipsets used in the Galaxy Core Plus and Advance devices, but the clocking speed is the same in all the three devices. The RAM is of 768MB in the Core Plus, while the other two have got 1GB RAM. The Galaxy Core Plus has an internal storage of 4GB, of which again some space might be used up by the system files and the OS, while the Galaxy Core and the Advance have got an internal storage of 8GB.
|Smartphone||Processor – Chipset|
|Samsung Galaxy Core||Snapdragon MSM8225 S4 Play, Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5, Adreno 203 GPU|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Plus||Dual-core 1.2 GHz|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Advance||Dual-core 1.2 GHz|
RAM & Storage
|Samsung Galaxy Core||1GB RAM, 8GB Internal (4.5GB user available), Expandable to 64GB|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Plus||1GB RAM, 4GB Internal, Expandable to 64GB|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Advance||1GB RAM, 8GB Internal, Expandable to 64GB|
Camera – Rear and Front
The 5-megapixel camera on the rear side of the Samsung Galaxy Core was quite good, and thus Samsung hasn’t made any changes to that as we see the same configuration in all the three smartphones, but the video recording was improved from 480p to HD 720p video recording in the Galaxy Core Plus, while we expect the same HD recording in the Advance, although there is no confirmation from the company for now.
|Smartphone||Camera – Rear and Front|
|Samsung Galaxy Core||5-megapixel, 2592 x 1944 pixels, Autofocus, LED Flash, 480p video recording, VGA front camera|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Plus||5-megapixel, 2592 x 1944 pixels, Autofocus, LED Flash, 720p video recording, VGA front camera|
|Samsung Galaxy Core Advance||5-megapixel, Autofocus, LED Flash, VGA front camera|
Operating System, Battery & Connectivity
Both the later versions of the Galaxy Core, i.e. the Plus and Advance versions come with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, and they have a 2000 mAh battery in them, but the Galaxy Core was launched with the OS version that was latest during the launch, i.e. Android 4.1.2, although one can easily update it to 4.2 version. The battery in the Galaxy core has a capacity of 1800 mAh. The connectivity options are quite the same in all the three smartphones, though the Core Plus comes with the Wi-Fi direct feature.
|Smartphone||OS, Battery, Connectivity|
|Samsung Galaxy Core||Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS
1800 mAh battery
Optional Dual-SIM, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, MicroUSB 2.0
|Samsung Galaxy Core Plus||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
2000 mAh battery
Optional Dual-SIM, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, MicroUSB 2.0
|Samsung Galaxy Core Advance||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
2000 mAh battery
Optional Dual-SIM, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, MicroUSB 2.0
Samsung definitely knows how to attract buyers to choose the Galaxy smartphones, because although the Galaxy Core was one of the very well sold devices earlier this year, the company came up with the Plus and Advance versions of it, with no big differences. There are some areas where the Advance or Plus could be better than the first gen Galaxy Core, but that is not enough for someone to upgrade to the later ones. But of course, if you are thinking to buy a new mid-range smartphone, better wait until the Galaxy Core Advance is officially launched – especially for the improved battery life, better RAM than the Galaxy Core Plus and a little bigger screen (only if that matters to you).