Samsung Galaxy Core Advance launches

We were getting a little worried that Samsung hadn't launched a Galaxy smartphone in the last couple of weeks. But worry no more, one is here in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Core Advance.

Advance by name, not much of an Advance by nature. It looks the part, it might even pass for a high-end Galaxy at a glance. But this is very much a mid-ranger at best, which might suit if finances are a little tight.

As for the specifics, you are looking at a Galaxy with a 4.7-inch 800 x 480 TFT screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage (with microSD slot to expand), a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera.

Design-wise, it has some physical keys on the front, with educated keys for voice recording, camera, volume, menu, home and power. It lacks 4G (which is a definite negative going into 2014), but does pack Samsung's own trademark apps, such as S Voice, S Translator, Sound & Shot, Group Play and Easy Mode.

As we hinted at there, the phone will be on the shelves in early 2014 in a choice of deep blue and pearl white. No confirmation on pricing or operators just yet.

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