Published: May 13, 2013 2:12 PM
By Gaëtan Alzieu
Translated by: Hugh Ehreth
The Galaxy Core, Samsung's new 4.3-inch mid-market smartphone is set for UK release this July. Samsung hasn't released the price yet, but it will be coming in two versions: single-SIM and dual-SIM. Only thing is, it isn't the only inexpensive dual-SIM smartphone coming this year...



The Galaxy Core will have some competition in the form of the Acer Liquid E2 Duo, which will be coming out in mid-May for under £200. And the competition will be tight. Indeed, the Galaxy Core's screen is smaller than the Liquid E2 Duo's (4.3" compared to 4.5"), it has lower resolution (just 800 x 480 pixels), fewer Megapixels in its camera and a less powerful battery. What the Galaxy Core does have going for it, however, is that it's 1 mm thinner and has 4 GB more internal memory.
Specifications Acer Liquid E2 Duo Samsung Galaxy Core
Operating system (OS) Android Android
OS version 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
Screen size 4.5 inches 4.3 inches
Screen resolution 960 x 540 800 x 480
Weight 140 g 124 g
Dimensions 131 x 68.50 x 9.90 mm 129.3 x 67.6 x 9 mm
Camera 8 Mpx 5 Mpx
Processor MediaTek MT6589 - 1.2 GHz Marvell PXA986 - 1.2 GHz
Cores 4 2
4G (LTE) no no
NFC no no
Battery life: talk time 9 hours
Battery 2000 mAh 1800 mAh
Internal memory 4 GB 8 GB
Memory card microSD microSD
Specific absorption rate (SAR) 0.227 W/kg 0.29 W/kg
To really get an idea of how well the Galaxy Core will or won't compete, we'll need to know how much it costs. It will also be good to have confirmation that the dual-SIM version will indeed be hitting the UK, because otherwise it will have lost a major selling point...

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