- Jon Murdy , TechRadar
It's busy at the bottom, and the Core Prime struggles to stand out.
- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
An updated handset that improves upon its predecessor's specs while maintaining a low price point.
- Decent camera
- 4G support
- NFC support
- Great battery life
- Removable battery
- MicroSD support
- Weak processor for more than basic use
- Limited internal storage
- Washed out, low-resolution display
While making a budget phone requires compromises, the increasing market competition has lead to major advances in features in recent years. Does the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime make the right compromises to stand out?
Let’s see what reviewers are saying!
The Core Prime takes the typical Samsung design and converts it into an all-plastic affair. However, reviewers didn’t mind the plastic shell. GSM Arena noted, “It's shiny, but not glossy and glistens under the light. It hides fingerprints quite well.” The plastic shell also means a removable back for swapping batteries on power-hungry days.
Coming around front, you’re greeted with a 4.5-inch, 800-by-480 TFT panel. Unfortunately, reviews weren’t stellar. TechRadar said, “With today's HD-optimised web content, browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime shows up some unsightly artifacts and leaves a generally drab impression.” Many reviewers also noted that the screen’s colors were dull and visibility in sunlight was difficult.
Powering the phone, you’ll find a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor. PC Advisor UK summed performance up well, saying, “In general use the phone feels fairly zippy but there's the occasional slowdown and also slight delays when launching apps.” However, don’t expect 3D games to run smoothly.
Media lovers will find the phone’s support of microSD cards essential for enjoying their favorite movies and music on the go. The phone only offers 8GB of internal storage, with roughly 3GB taken up by the OS and pre-installed apps. As the phone runs Android 5.1.1, there’s no support for Android Adaptable Storage to help things out either.
The battery life was a popular point among most reviewers. While the battery is only 2000mAh, the phone's relatively low specs offer plenty of use on a single charge. GSM Arena noted, “The phone will last you three days of use, two if you push it harder.”
The camera was equally well received. The 5MP rear camera includes a flash and autofocus. There’s also a 2MP front-facing lens for selfies and video chat. Expert Reviews UK put the camera to the test and said, “While its resolution isn't as high as other budget smartphones it produced some remarkably decent shots when I took it outdoors, as colours were rich and vibrant with very little noise on show.”
Overall, the biggest problem most reviews pointed out about the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is the price. TechRadar summed up opinions on the phone well, saying, “In an increasingly competitive low-end smartphone field, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime fails to stand out or excel in any way. It will meet your day-to-day demands, but you can do better for the money.”
Reviews (5.3/10 Avg. rating)
Tiny, cheap & cheerful
It's surprisingly quick for a budget phone
Yet another good enough"low-end phone from Samsung
A good budget phone but not the best
Covers most bases at a reasonable cost
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Gets some things right, but pricing is not one of them
Samsung has so many devices that it's creating sub-brands for its brands. The "Core" line houses entry-level devices aimed at the mass markets in developing countries, slotting under the larger "Grand" devices. Now there's "Prime," which, based on deduction, should mean for now a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chipset and a better camera.
The latter was very true for the Galaxy Grand Prime, the 5MP/1080p selfie camera impressed. The same can't be said about the Galaxy Core Prime as it misses the mark on the pricing - specs are suited for an entry-level device, but the price tag puts it in... Full review
GOT ONE FOR CHRISTMAS, I HATE THIS THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lives up to expectations...and more..
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