Samsung unveils dual-SIM Galaxy Core smartphone

Available this month, the new Android phone will offer a dual-SIM technology for people who need to jump from one carrier to another.

Samsung's new Galaxy Core.
Samsung's new Galaxy Core. Samsung

Samsung is launching a new Android smartphone this month with lower-end features but with a dual-SIM option that lets users access two different SIM cards.

The new Galaxy Core will be available in two versions -- a single-SIM model that won't be available until July and the dual-SIM model that will debut this month in certain markets.

Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, the Core includes 1GB of memory, 8GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that can handle up to a 64GB card. Outfitted with a 4.3-inch WVGA (480x800 pixel) screen, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a standard VGA camera on the front. Users will find Android 4.1 along with Samsung Hub, Kies, and the usual Samsung apps.

The Core also takes advantage of certain smart features.

A Smart Stay feature dims the screen when you look away from the phone. Smart Alert notifies you of missed calls and messages when you pick up the phone. S Voice lets you power the Core through voice commands. And Samsung's Motion UI lets you trigger certain commands through gestures and motions.

Samsung hasn't announced where the phone will initially be available or how much it will cost.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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