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Samsung's Galaxy Core Prime targets essentials (pictures)

This sub-$200 smartphone from Verizon has entry-level features for those who are just getting started, or who like their Androids simple.

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Android essentials

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is one of the carrier's least expensive smartphones.

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Android 4.4

The Core Prime is a KitKat phone. My guess is that it'll skip Android 5.0 and update straight to Android M.

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4.5-inch display

The smaller screen size means that the phone is more portable than larger handsets.

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Removable backing

Unlike Samsung's most recent handsets, this one keeps the company's traditional removable backplate and battery.

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Camera

The Galaxy Core Prime has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

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Spines

Relatively unadorned, there's just the power/lock button on the right side and the volume rocker on the left.

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Google, now!

The physical home key calls up Google Now when you press and hold.

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There's more

This isn't the only affordable phone on Verizon's network. Read all the pros and cons in CNET's full Samsung Galaxy Core Prime review.

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