Samsung Galaxy Core 2 Philippines Price Php 8.990, Specs, Antutu Benchmark Score, Features, In the Flesh!

For Php 8,990 (or even less), you can already get a powerhouse Octa Core Android smartphone with a large HD display from any of our local handset players. But if you're a big Samsung fan and, for you, no other electronics company can possibly be worthy of your hard-earned money, here's the smartphone from the Korean Giant that you can get for that amount.

Samsung Galaxy Core 2

As its very name suggests, Samsung Galaxy Core 2 is the follow-up to last year's moderately successful Galaxy Core, which targeted entry-level users - including students and yuppies - who want an affordable Dual SIM Android smartphone with a fairly large display.

Samsung Galaxy Core 2

Apart from donning an updated look - reminiscent of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (the metallic rim) and Samsung Galaxy Prime (the matte back cover), the second generation Galaxy Core likewise features specs enhancements both obvious and under the hood.

Samsung Galaxy Core 2

To be specific, this year's release comes with a 4.5-inch display and a Quad Core processor as opposed to the 4.3-inch screen and Dual Core chipset on the the 2013 version. Both phones, however, have the same 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back, VGA front cam, and 480p video recorder.

Samsung Galaxy Core 2 Antutu Benchmark Score
Interestingly, despite receiving a spec bump in almost all departments, the Galaxy Core 2 actually has less RAM compared to its predecessor; just 768 MB versus 1GB on last year's release. Perhaps, this explains why we're not seeing a significant increase in its Antutu Benchmark Score coming from the first generation Galaxy Core. (Photo by PhoneBunch)

Samsung Galaxy Core 2

What's the exact Quad Core chipset this phone is running on, you ask? It's a Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 and Mali 400 GPU based Spreadtrum SC7735S chipset. It's a lot like MediaTek MT6582, I guess, but with a lower clockspeed. Spreadtrum is a semi-conductor company that's based in Shanghai, China and is one of larger chipset makers for smartphones currently.

Samsung Galaxy Core 2

Samsung Galaxy Core 2 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz Essence UX skin right out of the box. In the short amount of time that I spent playing with this phone, I didn't notice any lag when swiping through the TouchWiz home screens as well as the app drawer panels and I found its camera's shutter speed to be quite snappy. I guess the combination of the Quad Core SoC and the rather low-res WVGA display really results in improved touch response and smoother transitions.

Should you get it? Well, like what I said, there are a number of smartphones in this price echelon from players both local and international (like O+, Xiaomi, THL, and Gionee) with far better technical specifications and features that you might want to check out. However, if you're in love with Samsung and you think TouchWiz is the best Android interface out there (plus, you've long been dreaming of owning a smartphone from the Korean Giant), by all means, make that purchase.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Core 2
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions130.3 x 68 x 9.8 mm
Weight 138 grams
Available Colors White, Black
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Display 4.5 inches (~207 ppi pixel density), 480 x 800 pixels, TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Processor Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU, Mali 400 GPU, Spreadtrum SC7735S chipset
RAM 768 MB of RAM
Internal Storage 4 GB of ROM, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB
Camera Main: 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front: VGA
Video Capture Main: 480p 30fps
Front: VGA
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, Flac
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery
Uptime 117 Hours of Standby, 7 Hours of Talk Time, 30 Hours of Music Play
Value-Added Features TouchWiz, Android 4.4.2 KitKat right out of the box
Announcement September 2014
Availability September 2014
Price Official SRP in the Philippines: Php 8,990

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