Small-sized smartphones are slowly fading away as they are overtaken by the ever-growing demand for larger displays. Even Samsung dropped the Galaxy S6 Mini idea last year and Apple has gone two years without a 4-inch smartphone.
Still, these compact smartphones are still in huge demand when it comes to the mid-range market. They are still thriving and it is why there is a new Samsung Galaxy Core Prime that is available on Verizon Wireless. This 4.5-inch smartphone is one of the best in its category right now, boasting amazing call quality, decent form factor and an amazing price to crown it. However, you might be a little concerned with the internals, but if your usage is insignificant (a few apps and calling is all you need), you will enjoy this Galaxy Core Prime phone more than any other.
Design and display
From a distance, you might think the new Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is a small Galaxy S4. However, a closer look will show you that they only share a few things such as the metallic-like frame and a sturdy build, capacitive home button as well as the layout of the camera lens. On dimensions, the Core Prime has 5.15 by 2.67 by 0.35 inches, which is a pretty thin smartphone compared to other competitors in the same category such as the Moto E. Still, if form factor is what you looking for, this device is extremely comfortable to use with one hand.
The rear of the device has a protruding camera bump and a tiny speaker towards the right. Unlike the flagship models, the Galaxy Core Prime has a removable battery. Removing this battery will expose a SIM card slot and a microSD card slot that can accommodate up to 200GB. Onboard storage of the Core Prime is only 8GB.
The phone comes with a 4.5-inch display that manages a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. Even though this might look disappointing on paper, the display is actually a lot better as it has bright rich colors and clear viewing angles.
Hardware and software
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime comes with a Snapdragon 410 processor that is clocked at a speed of 1.2GHz and is supported by a RAM of 1GB. As mentioned, this phone is great if all you need is a handful of apps, so it’s not the best at multitasking, but it is still possible to run a few apps simultaneously.
Being a Verizon Wireless smartphone, the Galaxy Core Prime supports both LTE (4/13) and CDMA (800/900MHz) bands, which limits users to the same network. This is unusual for the top wireless carrier in the country as its phones usually come unlocked. Even though Bluetooth 4.0 is available, there is no support for NFC.
As far as camera matters are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime has a 5MP sensor on the rear with rather slow autofocus, but it can still record 720p videos at 30fps. On the front there is a 2MP snapper, which should be decent enough to take quality selfies.
Being a mid-range smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Core Prime comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. However, it automatically updates to the newer Android 5.1 Lollipop once it is setup. As usual, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is present.
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is available for a price of just $144.
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