Samsung Galaxy Core Lite Announced: A Budget Smartphone With LTE Connectivity

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The new Samsung Galaxy Core Lite

South Korean device maker Samsung Electronics announced their new entry-level, LTE-enabled, Android smartphone. Dubbed as the Samsung Galaxy Core Lite, the smartphone leader unveiled the handset last Monday in Taiwan.

The new Samsung Galaxy Core Lite is part of Samsung?s Galaxy Core model line that comprises of the Galaxy Core launched in May 2013, the Galaxy Core Plus released in November and the Galaxy Core Advance launched in December of the same year.

The Samsung Galaxy Core Lite will be powered by Google?s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Samsung?s own interface on top ? the TouchWiz UI. It has a 4.7-inch TFT display paired with WVGA (400×800) pixels resolution. The handset has 1 GB worth of RAM and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz. It offers an 8 GB internal storage which can be expanded to 64 GB if a MicroSD card is used. The device is equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and AutoFocus; no front camera will be furnished into the device.

Given the device?s relatively meager specs, one of its most important features is its 4G LTE connectivity ? a feature that is hardly ever seen on WVGA models, according to PhoneArena. For the South Korean giant, the Samsung Galaxy Core Lite is one of their few WVGA phones to come with LTE. Other notable specs include NFC support, 2,000 mAh battery, Bluetooth v4.0, and Wifi 802.11 b/g/n.

It?s also remarkable that Samsung chose to launch the new handset in Taiwan with the relatively outdated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. It is possible that the company has plans to update Samsung Galaxy Core Lite?s OS to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat version in the first few months after its release.

At a special press event held in Taiwan, the Samsung Galaxy Core Lite has been launched by the company and planned to go on sale within the Asian country later this month. The device will be tagged with a price of 7,988 TWD (or about $ 266). The handset should be expected to make its way to other Asian neighbors in the next several weeks as it is the region where Samsung?s markets for mid-levels phones are.


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