Samsung GALAXY Core 2 – the latest entry-level Android smartphone of Samsung — was available in Malaysia ahead Hari Raya 2014 celebration.
Samsung GALAXY Core 2 is 4.5-inch (480×800) Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) smartphone powered by quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 0.75GB RAM, 4GB storage and support microSD up to 64GB.
The main camera is 5MP with flash and auto focus. Front camera is VGA resolution. GALAXY Core 2 supports Dual-SIM, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0. Not support MHL, NFC, DLNA.
Comparing to last year Samsung GALAXY Core (GT-I8262), Samsung GALAXY Core 2 only has small upgrades. CPU upgrades to quad-core but same 1.2 GHz clock speed. Display size is 0.2-inch larger which you will barely notice, as well as 200 mAh battery capacity increased.
However, Samsung decided to slash storage space and memory for GALAXY Core 2. GALAXY Core has 8GB storage and 1GB RAM, but GALAXY Core 2 only has 4GB storage and 0.75GB RAM (what an odd number!).
Samsung GALAXY Core 2 price in Malaysia is RM 599, available in white and black from Samsung retail outlets and authorised dealers.
I would recommend Moto G (no 4G LTE) if you don’t mind using 8GB smartphone without memory expansion slot.
Of course, we cannot left out Xiaomi every time we talk about value-for-money smartphones. Xiaomi Redmi 1S is only RM 419 in Malaysia with much better specs, provided you manage to buy it online…