Samsung Galaxy Core cribs GS4 features for dual-SIM slab of average

Samsung has unveiled its latest Android smartphone, a low- to mid-range Galaxy S 4-lookalike for those with smaller pockets, the Galaxy Core. Fronted by a 4.3-inch WVGA display and powered by a 1.2GHz dualcore processor, the Galaxy Core won't be worrying Samsung's flagship for speed or graphics, but does at least offer the option of dual-SIM support for those wanting to flip between two lines while keeping them both active simultaneously.

Not all markets will get the dual-SIM version, however, with a single-SIM model also set to go on sale. Both run Android 4.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz tweaks, and have a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front.

No LTE, with the Galaxy Core instead making do with up to 5.76Mbps HSPA (900/2100) and quadband GSM/EDGE. There's also WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, along with A-GPS and 8GB of internal storage. The dualcore CPU is paired with 1GB of RAM, and there's a microSD card slot for adding up to 64GB of storage.

Otherwise, it's the usual Samsung experience, with a removable 1,800 mAh battery in a 129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm, 124g frame. S Voice, Samsung's Siri-like voice command system, is loaded, and there's Motion UI and Smart Stay pulled from the more expensive Galaxy S-series devices.

Samsung isn't saying how much the Galaxy Core will cost, nor where it will go on sale first. The dual-SIM version will drop initially, later this month, and then be followed by the single-SIM in July.