Samsung Galaxy Core Prime Full Review: Balanced Budget phone

Recently we got our hands on the latest Samsung Galaxy Core Prime. It is an entry-level smartphone from Samsung. Core series is a newer line up for 2014 and Core Prime is the best option at this time. The device is priced at Rs 12,900 ($120). Around 3 years ago we bought Galaxy Y at the same price. Now we are getting Core Prime at that price. It is good to see so much improvement in a small time. We have used this phone for quite a while and this is our full review of the device.

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is a budget-oriented device. This phone is meant for starters and it is trying to give best at the price. Simple we can loke to say that we loved this device. Due to our recommendation, many of our friends and colleges bought it. There are few other phones in the Core family. There is Galaxy Core and Core 2 as well. The Galaxy Core Prime is the biggest brother in the series. This mobile was released in November 2014. We are reviewing it now because we just got it in Nepal.

Internals and Hardware

Galaxy Core Prime consists of 4.5” LCD screen with a resolution of 480X800. The pixel density is 207 PPI which is average for the phone of this budget. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset. This chipset has a 1.2 GHz quad-core 64-bit processor. SD 410 is bundled with Adreno 306 graphics card. The internal storage is 8GB and about 5.5 GB is available for use. We can install up to 64 GB of an external SD card. We recommend class 10 SD card for good performance. The RAM is 1 GB and the operating system Android 4.4.4 KitKat at launch.

Camera and Battery

The Camera on the back is 5 MP f/2.6 and it can record 720p videos at 30 FPS. The front camera is 2 MP and it can record 480p. Video and picture quality of the front camera is good for Skype and 3G calling. Rear side camera can give good results if it gets good light. It has an f/2.6 aperture so it needs plenty of light. The back or main camera’s maximum picture resolution is 2592×1944. Picture quality is good for this range of mobile. The modes like autofocus and Macro mode made the camera very useful while taking many types of pictures. Macro photos turned out pretty good in our experience.

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The camera has geo-tagging and LED flash with multiple options like Night, Sports etc. There is HDR mode as well which makes the final result even better. It is not real-time HDR but it does the work. The battery in Core Prime is 2000 mAh battery. In real life, it can go 2 days with minimal normal use. It needs to be charged at the end of the day if we involve in heavy use like YouTube binge and gaming.

Look, Extra Features and Performance

The design is the same old design with curved edges and convex back with removable cover and battery. The place to insert SD card and micro SIM card is at the back just above the battery. SD card port is just above the SIM 1 port and SIM 2 port is at the right side of the phone at the back. The edge has chrome finish made of plastic. It does not have a massive screen but we do recommend using tempered glass to protect from scratch and drops.

There are both 3G and 4G models available in the international market. 4G models are only available in certain countries, however. The phone doesn’t have Gyro Sensor or even a compass and it disappointed us. By the way, there is a 4G version that has NFC chip inside. The gaming performance is satisfactory with the specs. We played GTA San Andreas and Asphalt 8 as a test for high demand titles. They run quite well but it is not ideal. However, the phone doesn’t get hot even after half an hour of hardcore gaming.

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It currently runs on Android KitKat but Samsung is rolling out Lollipop update for few variants. We hope that Galaxy Core prime all over the world will get the update soon. A new update of 9.02 MB was just rolled today on March 2, 2015. It means they haven’t forgotten this device so our hope is up. The Android 5.0 Lollipop has been deployed in Poland as well so we will be getting it soon.

Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is a very well received the phone in the entry-level segment. It has a quad-core processor and quite a large screen. The camera is decent but there is 720p video record support which only a few phones have. We have tested HD video recording in a few Chinese phones and they don’t give good quality result but Core prime is giving a satisfactory result.

Performance of Core Prime is very good for the price. It is fast and can handle all low to mid-level tasks with ease. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is still crowded and we think they should trim it more to make phones fast. In total, if we see all parts of the phone like design, processor, storage, and camera, Core Prime looks like a good value product. We like this phone and recommend to people who are looking for a good Samsung smartphone upgrade at this range.

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